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Emotional Kate Garraway to see sick husband Derek for first time in 4 months – Mirror Online
Kate Garraway revealed on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain that she is heading to the hospital after work to visit her sick husband Derek Draper, who she’s been forcibly separated from since March
Kate Garraway smiled as she shared the news that she is planning to visit her unwell husband in hospital on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain.
TV host Kate, 53, has had an extremely tough time of late as her husband Derek Draper, 52, was hospitalised in late March after contracting coronavirus and was later put into an induced coma which lasted 13 weeks.
Her husband woke up from his coma last week, but Kate has explained that the father of her kids still has a long road to recovery – and she hasn’t seen him in person once since his ordeal began.
Kate Garraway shared the news that she is planning to visit her unwell husband in hospital on Tuesday’s Good Morning Britain
And updating her fans and supporters on Derek’s status, the mother-of-two told Ben Shephard during Tuesday’s instalment of the morning show that after work she will be dashing off to see her sick other half.
She shared: “I might be able to go and visit Derek today!”
Kate also added how the nurses caring for Derek are going the extra mile to aid his recovery, as she went on to add: “In fact the nurses are going to put GMB on for him – they have a TV – and theyre going to put it on for him this morning.
Kate has had an extremely tough time of late as her husband Derek Draper hospitalised in March after contracting coronavirus (Image: Daily Star, Daily Mirror, Daily Express)
“They forgot I was on yesterday – they’re going to see if he can hear anything.”
Ben added: “See if there is any stimulation.”
Kate added: “Trying everything we can do.”
Kate also added how the nurses caring for Derek are going the extra mile to aid his recovery
Yesterday, Kate issued a positive update on husband Derek after her first day back on Good Morning Britain.
She thanked her “patient” co-stars after she returned to work for the first time since Derek was hospitalised.
Taking to Instagram after her first day back at work alongside co-host Ben, Kate had some positive words about Derek’s “stable” condition.
Yesterday, Kate issued a positive update on husband Derek after her first day back on Good Morning Britain (Image: kategarraway/Instagram)
Kate Garraway and Derek Draper latest
She wrote: “Well I survived my 1st day back without crashing the show thanks to the brilliant @benshephardofficial , the whole wonderful @gmb team & all of YOUR patience!!
“Thanks so much for your incredibly kind messages. Means such a lot . Derek had a stable day too so . See you at 6 a.m tomorrow xxx.”
*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV
What’s the future of theatre? A Scottish seaside town may have all the answers – The Guardian
Transparent wraparound screens, touring deckchair pop-ups, rooftop suction devices … our writer talks to the designers rethinking theatre for the Covid age – and finds Dunoon leading the way
Packed shoulder to shoulder with your neighbour, elbows jostling for position on the armrest, knees pressed up against the seat in front, your view blocked by a column the West End theatre experience can be claustrophobic at the best of times. Now that theatres have been given the green light to reopen, with their share of a £1.5bn support fund in the offing, how on earth can these historic venues adapt to a socially distanced post-Covid future?
For Cameron Mackintosh, the hit musical producer and owner of eight historic theatres in Londons West End, its an impossible prospect. Until social distancing doesnt exist any more, we cant even plan to reopen, he said in June, when he announced that all of his venues would remain shuttered until at least 2021. For an industry that relies on packing people in as tightly as possible to create an electric atmosphere, social distancing is surely its death-knell.
Scottish architect John McAslan thinks there might be another way, and that theatre designers are well placed to rise to the challenge. Architecture seems to have been lost in any kind of strategy, he says. Theres been an acceptance of the problem, and a lack of imagination in terms of looking at how it could be done differently.
The first post-viral theatre seat? John McAslans vision for post-lockdown theatre, in Dunoons Burgh Hall. Photograph: Edmund Sumner/John McAslan + Partners/Charcoalblue/Phil Cottrell
McAslan, architect of the celebrated Roundhouse in Camden, London, has been working on designs for a new kind of theatre seat for a small community venue in his home town of Dunoon in Argyll, which he thinks could be a prototype for countless other venues. Dunoons Burgh Hall was the first theatre in the region when it opened in 1874, and it might now be the site of the first post-viral theatre seat.
Its a bit like a 1930s lounge seat, McAslan explains. Its slightly wider than a usual theatre seat and double-raked, with each row separated by two steps rather than one. The chief visible difference is a removable transparent acrylic screen that wraps around the sides and back of each seat, providing a psychological buffer between members of the audience, if not a full-height cough-proof barrier. Its to give a sense of visual connection, but physical separation, says McAslan. Part of this is getting people feeling comfortable with the idea of sitting side by side with strangers again.
After falling into disrepair for decades, the Burgh Hall has taken on a new life as a contemporary arts centre since it was refurbished in 2017, and has remained active through the lockdown, with volunteers leading a community kitchen for the town. McAslan sees the new seating plan (which is still awaiting funding) as a pilot project for how other venues could be reconfigured across the UK. In his eyes, the pandemic is an opportunity to improve a range of practical issues that have long plagued antiquated auditoria.
The West End is full of wonderful historic theatres, but theyre now completely outmoded, he says. People are four inches taller than when they were built, so the seats are too small, the sight lines are terrible and a huge number of seats are restricted by columns. The air is bad and the loos and bars are always too small to cope. With the governments funding announcement, now is the time to make them fit for purpose.
It scared the crap out of everyone the Berliner Ensemble auditorium with stripped-out seats. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA
Gavin Green, co-founder of theatre consultancy Charcoalblue, has been working with a number of theatres to consider their reopening strategies. The situation has changed dramatically in recent weeks, he says. In early June there was an experiment in Berlin to strip out a theatre auditorium to two-metre spacing between the seats, and I think it scared the crap out of everyone. It looked so stark and empty.
He says the recent relaxation in government guidance to one-metre distancing could be a game-changer. It changes a theatres potential capacity from about 33% to more like 67%, which begins to look possible. Its still not quite enough to make the top-end commercial shows stack up, but it starts to look like a real audience, rather than playing to an empty room. In practical terms, it is the difference between removing three seats in every four, compared with just one. In most theatres, every other row would no longer have to be removed.
Green has also been working on plans for a touring outdoor pop-up deckchair theatre, made from an easily disassembled kit of parts. The key thing is to keep it simple, he says. The moment you go outdoors, youre talking huge sums of money with lighting and rigging, but we need something light on its feet.
He points to an example in Leeds, by the Holbeck community theatre Slung Low, which recently laid on a family-friendly performance in a car park on the back of a flatbed lorry. Each family had a little blue tent and a pair of chairs, roped off in a safely distanced grid with festive bunting.
Hello campers Three! By Wrongsemble hosted by Slung Low in Leeds, playing off a flatbed truck with the audience using tents. Photograph: Slung Low
This was not a reopening of our theatre, says Slung Lows artistic director, Alan Lane, explaining it was a continuation of their work leading social care in the area. Every day we deliver hot meals to 20 families in our local area, feeding 65 children. Weve seen how they have coped with the time away from school, the impact of legislation, the diet of sausage and chips four days a week and the endless tension in the air. So we decided we would do something that might help a date to look forward to, a change of activity, a moment of respite.
Set designer Es Devlin agrees that this is a time to be fundamentally rethinking the wider role that theatre can have, and look at how existing theatre infrastructure could be adapted to better serve a broader public audience.
West End theatre buildings occupy the most central city locations and yet are only open to the public for around three hours on most days, she says. Their architecture still expresses a time when it was socially acceptable for those on lower incomes to be funnelled through their own separate entrance. Weve been asking: could they be altered, in the same way that Victorian and Edwardian housing is so regularly remodelled, to give more direct access from the stage to the street? Could the top tier of seats with the worst views be converted into a civic space where a community might gather pre and post-show? Could we pierce through the walls to create a shop window, where stage sets become magnificent artworks viewed from the street through art gallery windows?
Devlin has form in reimagining what theatre can be. She has authored some of the worlds most audacious production designs, from a rotating glass box for the Lehman Trilogy to a gigantic tongue-shaped slide for Miley Cyrus stadium tour, and she is already working on what a socially distanced arena audience might look like.
Thinking big Es Devlins design for Miley Cyruss Bangerz tour. Photograph: Don Arnold/WireImage
We have been trying to find beauty within the new and necessary audience geometry for stadium concerts, she says, by overlaying projected linear patterns that both guide the audience to safe viewing spaces, and also form a beautiful network when viewed from an aerial camera. She imagines this aerial view of the audience could be projection-mapped as a backdrop to the performance on stage, so the audience taking responsibility for one anothers health becomes a visual statement in itself. In a way its a kind of renewal of the vows between audience and performer a move away from audience as customer or consumer.
Ray Winkler, director of entertainment architects Stufish, longstanding designers of stages for the Rolling Stones, U2 and Madonna, strikes a note of caution. He thinks that post-Covid venues can only be as good as their weakest link the surrounding infrastructure concertgoers use to get there. The question is more psychological than physical, he says. You could have a perfectly good venue, but you still have to get on to public transport, or queue with 5,000 other people, or have massively long entry times. Its not to say we cant rise to that challenge, but we cant just be greasing one cog at the expense of looking at the overall mechanism.
I dont feel pessimistic. Theatre-makers are incredibly resourceful
Steve Tompkins, the co-founder of architects Haworth Tompkins who was named the most influential person in British theatre last year, is cautiously optimistic. Having completed countless theatre projects, from the Royal Court to the Young Vic, Liverpool Everyman and Battersea Arts Centre, the practice is now working on a new research and performance building for the American Repertory theatre at Harvard University. The architects have been working alongside the Harvard School of Public Health, looking at how theatres might mitigate the coronavirus risk before a vaccine comes along.
It has allowed us to use the project as a live research test bed, says Tompkins, asking what theatres might have to do in a time of pandemics which might not just be this one. He says that displacement ventilation is one of the key principles, so that fresh air comes in from below and is exhausted through the roof (as at the practices Everyman theatre), rather than allowing it to drift across the audience and spread the virus, along with better filtration, and slightly higher humidity and temperature. He points to the technical interventions planned by the London Palladium, which proposes to introduce infrared cameras at the stage door along with antiviral fogging machines and an app-based medical passport for ticket-holders.
Theatre makers are incredibly resourceful and designers are incredibly imaginative at making theatres work, he says. I dont feel pessimistic. With the relief with the funding, I believe it will unleash a wave of new creativity and imagination.
David and Victoria Beckham ‘to buy Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz a house as wedding gift’ – Mirror Online
The eldest child of the Beckham’s is due to tie-the-knot next year after popping the question to American actress and billionaire heiress Nicola over the weekend
Brooklyn Beckham and his bride-to-be will have a nice new home to go back to after they swap vows as his parents are buying them a love nest.
According to reports, David and Victoria are willing to splash out on a new homes for their 21-year-old son and his 25-year-old billionaire heiress fiancee Nicola Peltz as an extravagant wedding gift.
Brooklyn and Nicola stunned fans over the weekend when they confirmed that they will be getting married in the near future after the aspiring photographer got down on one knee.
And now it is being suggest that 45-year-old dad Dave and 46-year-old mum Vicky will be making the generous gesture of putting a roof over their heads.
Brooklyn Beckham has proposed to Nicola Peltz (Image: CAPITAL PICTURES)
A source told The Sun: Although theyll spend a lot of time in America, Brooklyn wants a base in London.
Victoria and David have offered to buy the house which will be seen as a wedding gift.
Its incredibly generous but they are like any other proud parents who want to help as much as they can.
Brooklyn is the eldest child of David and Victoria Beckham (Image: Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hug)
“Brooklyn is eyeing up properties in East London but nothing is off limits.
Reports have suggested Brooklyn splashed almost £160,000 on an engagement ring for Nicola.
While it has also been suggested the Beckham family will spend £4 million on two weddings next year for the young love birds.
Nicola is the daughter of American billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz
The extravagant expenditure comes less than four months after Victoria Beckham sparked fury by applying for furlough money from the government to support her failing fashion empire.
The move ignited a deafening backlash as the former Spice Girl hoped to use taxpayer money to pay her staff despite the Beckham family being worth an estimated £350 million.
Vicky was forced in to an embarrassing U-Turn following public outrage but the star reportedly felt she was the victim as the anger continued to bubble.
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