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COVID crisis in the arts: Will the show go on?

The government has promised a £1.57bn rescue fund for UK arts organisations crippled by COVID-19.

But as Britain faces a second wave, the performing arts are still paralysed and self-employed staff in the industry remain jobless.

While venues may have been given a financial lifeline, will it be enough to save the people who bring performances to life?

On this episode of the Sky News Daily podcast, host Bethany Minelle is joined by actor Adrian Schiller and dancer Fiona Jeffrey to discuss how they’re coping in a halted industry with a precarious future. We also speak to theatre veteran Simon Callow about why he believes the show will go on.

Plus, we hear from writer Dave Clements about why a cultural escape is essential for our mental health.

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