The show must go (safely) on!


WHAT IF THE CITY WAS A THEATRE? is committed to the safety of our audience members and artists, and to supporting our local communities.

We are in the fortunate position of presenting a programme designed to be compatible with social distancing: having our performances outside means that the public can observe or participate at a safe distance from other audience members, and enjoy our full and vibrant programme without compromising safety or quality of experience.

Along with our participating artists and collaborators, we have reviewed each work to ensure that our full programme can be presented safely under COVID-19 Alert Level 2. Some main differences at this time will be:

Volunteers and staff will wear face coverings.

  • Capacity at the bar and music area of The Performance Arcade site will be limited to 100pax.

  • All audience members are required to check-in at one of the QR sign-in stations. 

  • The Garage Project bar at The Performance Arcade will operate with table service.

  • Audiences at City/Theatre performances and The Performance Arcade are asked to observe social distancing.

Our programme has been carefully curated and designed to encourage discovery on every street corner, provide entertainment in unusual places and promote a sense of playfulness when encountering performances throughout the city. We are proud to give the fantastic community of performing artists in Wellington a place to continue to safely make and perform their artworks in the context of COVID-19. 

We encourage audiences to enjoy these works in collaboration with supporting local hospitality businesses. Last year, the arts and hospitality suffered greatly with the restrictions from COVID-19 and while we are in a position to still enjoy them both, we would like to promote the great intersection of the vibrant hospitality industry and the energetic performances from our programme. Using the city as theatre means that the city also provides the best pre-show dinners, interval snacks, and after-party drinks - not just venues. There are many great matches between performances and hospo, for example:

  • Grab a drink from Foxglove and enjoy the Sea Lion Serenades on Queens Wharf.

  • Enjoy the Trustpower Fountain Projection across the road at Beach Babylon. 

  • On your way to LBQ for a cheeky beer, stop in at PhotoFreeze.

  • While meandering up Cuba St, check out Scrùbi in Left Bank and then pop into 1154 for a late lunch.

  • Park up at Macs Brewbar or Karaka Café and wait for the Flamingo Scooter Ballet to come past.

  • Grab a bite to eat at Nikau Café to fuel you up before joining the dancers in the Reddy Nelken. ​

Remember to wash your hands, be kind, and stay home if you're feeling unwell.

More information regarding Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions on the site