The outlook now for theatres across the UK, and those employed in the performing arts sector, is extremely bleak.
Many theatres are facing closure, inevitably leading to redundancies, leaving performers from across the UK in a desperate situation.
In an effort to boost the ailing sector, Razzamataz
,which oversees over fifty theatre-schools throughout the UK - including The Forest School, in Horsham
, - is now offering performers the chance to join the business and start their own theatre school without paying the normal franchise joining fee, which would usually be £7,995.
Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and founder of Razzamataz explains:
"Since our inception we have had very close links and enormous support from the theatre and performing arts sector.
"It is only right therefore that we reach out to performers and help them in any way we can in the current crisis.
"Unfortunately theatres are closing, and the impact of Covid-19 on our sector will be felt for years to come.
"Many employed in the performing arts sector will be forced to look for alternative employment, which is such a shame as we will lose many talented people forever.
"As a company we are determined to do all we can to help, and this is why we have decided to waive our franchise fee."
Razzamataz has continued to thrive during lockdown, adapting its offering by moving its classes online.
This move has been such a success that many schools plan to continue these online classes post-Covid.
"This is a unique opportunity for performers to begin a new career as the owner of their own theatre school.
"We have waived the normal franchise fee to make it as easy as possible for suitable candidates to apply regardless of their financial position.
"I would urge all performers who are looking at their options to get in touch; you will get to continue doing what you love whilst earning a good income and also helping children and young people learn new skills, gain confidence and have fun."