Scottish Opera trucks used to transport supplies to supermarkets during the Coronavirus crisis

Scottish Opera trucks, normally used for moving sets from our shows to and from theatres, have been repurposed to help restock supermarkets during the Coronavirus outbreak.

The vehicles were to be used for our new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was scheduled to be performed in Edinburgh and Glasgow, but postponed due to the pandemic. Our drivers, Keith, Brian and Archie are working hard to help Tesco meet the unprecedented demand for supplies by shoppers.

Scottish Opera General Director, Alex Reedijk said: ‘We have an informal agreement with a local general haulage company, Stuart Nicol Transport. We help each other out at our respective peak times. Tesco initially contacted them and they were unable to meet all of their needs, so SNT put them on to us. Scottish Opera is only too happy to help out in any way, as we all need to pull together in this time. Our thoughts are with all those affected by the Coronavirus, especially those in the NHS working on the front line.’

The news that we are helping Tesco was well received on social media and in the press, attracting coverage in The Stage and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. You can read more about it on our Facebook  or Twitter.