Insole Court: Important Information
We’re delighted to welcome you back to the Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 21 at Insole Court.
This page contains all the information you need about the performance you are attending, including refreshments and how we are keeping our cast, crew and audiences safe this year. Don’t forget that as we are on tour this year you must bring your own chairs with you to the performance.
About Insole Court
Nestled in the leafy Cardiff suburb of Llandaff, Insole Court is a Grade II* listed mansion house with a rich history. Saved by the community, the 160-year-old house and outbuildings have undergone extensive refurbishments with many parts now open to visitors.
Getting to Insole Court
On Foot and by bicycle – Pedestrian access is available from the North Gate on Fairwater Road (main entrance). The main cycle routes are from Cardiff Bay via the Ely Trail, or from Cardiff city centre via the Taff Trail. Bike parking is near the Dairy (car park) or in front of the mansion.
By car – Insole Court is signposted from Llandaff Village. There is car parking on site available on a first come, first served basis, including 3 designated disabled parking bays. If the car park is full there is ample free, non-permitted, on-road parking in the area.
By bus or train – If you are travelling by bus check the Traveline Cymru website or call their helpline on 0300 200 22 33 for up to date timetables. The nearest train station is Fairwater, and Insole Court is 500m from the Fairwater Road exit. Services are operated by Transport For Wales.
The performance site is just a short walk from the car park. Walk towards the house, then follow the path round to the right over the bridge. This will lead to a gate on your left which is the entrance to the performance site. If you are entering from Vaughn Avenue, walk down the first path on your left to enter Insole Court and the performance site is located through the first gate on your right.
For The Railway Children, arrival to the site is from 5.30pm, with seating from 5.45pm. As Insole Court is open to the public you are welcome to arrive early to explore other areas of the site.
For Richard III, arrival to the site is at 7.30pm, with seating from 7.45pm.
You will be asked to queue for a short while whilst we check your tickets. Please make sure that you remain socially distanced during this time in your household bubbles, and keep 2 meters from the next party. We recommend that you wear a face covering whilst in the queue as other members of the public will be in the area.
Our stewards will check your tickets, so bring along your confirmation email, either printed or on a screen (e.g. mobile phone). We will be operating Track and Trace. You will then be asked to seat yourselves in a dedicated area for your party which is 2 metres away from the next group.
This year we are asking everyone to bring their own chairs with them. Picnic blankets to sit on are not suitable as you may not be able to see the stage.
Please bring everything with you and check the weather forecast before you arrive! We recommend packing a brolly and bringing a coat and blankets in case it gets cold, as the audience is not covered this year.
This year we are not selling programmes but there is an online programme that can be accessed here.
A QR code and link will also be displayed at the Festival site.
Insole Court are running a bar from the doors of the Dining Room in the house from 5pm each evening. Flour’d Up Pizza will also be on site on the following dates: 6 – 8 and 11 – 14 July.
You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments. Please take your rubbish with you or use the bins provided.
Please note that smoking is not permitted in the performance and audience area.
There are toilet facilities available at Insole Court by the Car Park.
* Please note – there is no interval in The Railway Children as the running time is 1 hour 20 minutes, and the toilets are a short walk away.
*There is an interval in Richard III, with a running time of approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.
After the performance
We ask all audience members to clear the site straight after the performance. Please note that cast members will not be coming back out to the audience area, so if you are waiting to see them, please make alternative arrangements.
Keeping you safe
We are always following the latest Welsh Government guidance. At present this requires all parties to remain socially distanced from other groups, to stay distanced in queues, and to wear face coverings (unless you are exempt) in indoor areas, such as the toilets.
As the performance is outdoors you do not need to wear a face covering for the performance itself.
Our cast and crew
Throughout rehearsals and performances our cast and crew are following strict COVID protocol which has been regularly reviewed. This has included social distancing, use of hand sanitizer, appropriate ventilation of indoor spaces, and wiping down any chairs and props after use. Any members of the company who have shown symptoms are not in rehearsals, and self isolation processes have also been followed. This will continue for the performances themselves.
During the performance you will see moments where cast members are not socially distanced for a short space of time. This is permitted in the current guidance from the Welsh Government for the arts, with casts working within strict working groups, these moments limited, and there are other mitigating factors, which are covered in the rehearsal and performance risk assessment. Cast and crew have made arrangements to limit the number of people using props, and there is no shared costume use.
Please also be aware that the actors playing Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter in The Railway Children are an extended household so do not need to socially distance during the performance. There is also an extended household in the Richard III cast.
Thank you for your support and we hope that you enjoy the show!
The Cardiff Open Air Theatre Festival: Everyman 21 team.