‘An Evening with Electric Umbrella’ was due to take place as part of Watford Palace Theatre’s Stage in the Park series, our first public performance in more than 18 months.
Although most restrictions have been lifted in England, we are mindful that many of our community, although fully vaccinated, are at risk of serious illness in the unlikely event they were to contract COVID-19.
Our plans for the evening included our members physically distancing on stage, but given the transmissibility of the delta variant (which is by far the dominant strain in this country), we felt that it was an unnecessary risk at this time.
Let us be clear: We will return to the stage, and we hope it can be soon. For now, we think taking a cautious approach is the right thing to do.
Mel Boda, co-founder and CEO at Electric Umbrella said: “This is a heart-breaking decision to have to make, and we are sorry that people across our Electric Umbrella community, whether performing or supporting, will be very disappointed.
“We share that sadness and frustration that we’re not able to go ahead with Stage in the Park, after such a long wait to return to perform in public.
“Ultimately, and after consulting with our stakeholder engagement group, we felt we could not proceed with the event, if we were going to risk one of our community becoming ill.
“We will, however, return. We will perform again on stage, and when it happens it’s going to be both emotional and memorable.”
The promoters at Watford Palace Theatre will contact ticket holders in the next couple of days, and ask for patience whilst they put plans in place.
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