Designer Janet Vaughan has created an installation at the Belgrade as part of the Scene Change initiative

The Belgrade Theatre has been wrapped in a message of hope as part of a national initiative responding to the crisis in live theatre and the arts.

Forming part of the Scene Change campaign, an installation has been created by local designer and Talking Birds Co-Artistic Director Janet Vaughan, using specially made barrier tape printed with the words “Missing Live Theatre”.

The project was started by members of the theatre design community, who have been uncomfortably aware of the sadness of the visual imagery surrounding theatre buildings while they remain unable to open for performances. Venues that are typically teeming with life and serve as creative hubs for the community have been left looking stark and bleak, with some even shut away behind hazard tape to prevent gatherings earlier in the year.

In response, designers have come together to spread joy and solidarity by wrapping closed buildings in bows and other elaborate designs, creating custom barrier tape to transform a negative image into a positive one.

As lockdown restrictions have begun to ease, the Belgrade has been able to open up its foyers to cafe patrons, and is planning to start its first in-person drama workshops next month, so along with the news of a government support package for the arts, there are now more reasons than ever to be optimistic about the future of live theatre in Coventry.