Dozens of pantomime dames have marched on Westminster, as part of a day of action highlighting the plight of the live events industry.


The parade was organised after the rise in coronavirus cases prompted the cancellation of the 2020 panto season.


Actor Gary Bridgens, who normally performs in pantomime, under the stage name Gacko, every year, said: “The impact will ripple through the entire theatre industry for a generation.”

Organisers are calling for an extension to the government's furlough scheme for theatre workers.


"If the government don't support theatre in its hour of need, there won't be any - or worse, it will all need rebuilding after this disaster,” he said.


The protest in London coincided with a day of global events reflecting the issues facing the live event industry.


Under the slogan "red alert", the #WeMakeEvents campaign will see venues in 25 countries bathed in red light, to draw attention to the continued uncertainty over when concerts and shows can resume; and the precarious position actors, musicians and crew find themselves in.


Pre-empting the day of action, hundreds of people who normally work at concerts, festivals and theatres gathered in Parliament Square to hold a 30 minute silent protest at the government's handling of the situation.