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ClearMask: bringing the arts back to life

ClearMask: bringing the arts back to life
29/06/2021

On the 20th of March 2020, theatre house lights across the UK were switched off indefinitely. Actors, dancers and musicians were told to go home, and it was suggested to ballerina Fatima to re-train for a career in cyber. The future was not a bright spotlight and for some the sudden blackout seemed endless. However, after over a year, theatres have finally come back to life. They’ve re-opened their doors to excited audiences, allowing performers to create and showcase their work within Covid-19 guidelines with the help of innovative designs like the ClearMask.

What is the ClearMask? The ClearMask is true to its name. In short it is a face covering secured around the head with elastic that has a clear plastic front allowing the users lips and mouth to be seen while wearing the mask. This design has become an invaluable asset in schools, NHS services and the arts community, enabling performers to fully engage, effectively communicate, show visual facial cues and letting them connect whilst protecting one another from nose and mouth droplets that may potentially carry the Covid-19 virus. Theatre is an integral part of society that brings joy entertainment, education and enrichment to so many lives throughout the UK and beyond, the ClearMask is helping performers reach their audiences at this critical time.

How to put on a ClearMask The ClearMask is a very easy to use piece of equipment that can be worn by adults and children alike. Maintaining excellent hand hygiene, social distancing and wearing a mask can dramatically reduce the risk of transmitting Covid-19.

Or you can watch our easy step-by-step video guide: How to put on a ClearMask – YouTube

Our quick guide to correctly wearing your ClearMask can be found below

Time needed: 2 minutes.

How to put on a ClearMask

Step 1 First ensure that you wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds.

Step 2 Remove the protective film covering the front of the ClearMask.

Step 3 Loosen the elastic ties so that the ClearMask will fit over your head.

Step 4 Carefully put the mask over your head, allowing the top sponge to rest on you nose and the bottom on your chin.

Step 5 The elastics should be positioned above and below the ears for a secure fit.

Step 6 On the lower elastic there is an adjustable toggle, use this by pushing it in towards your head or softly pulling it away to find the most comfortable fit for you.

Step 7 And there you have it, your ClearMask is in position and you are ready to go!

ClearMask in theatre: Case study During Sparkfest, an Arts Festival based in Bath, theatre company Dumb Found Theatre used the ClearMask in their rehearsals. They found the anti-fog technology to be extremely useful as it enabled their faces to be seen by each other and audiences even after vigorous dance routines. It was also used by the technical crew to allow efficient communication between company members.

Why use a ClearMask? The ClearMask is perfect for teachers and staff in schools to clearly communicate with pupils. Additionally, the Clearmask is a great tool for a many different reasons and people including for

People who are deaf or hard of hearing, who use lip-reading and facial expressions to communicate with others. Young children or adults learning to speak (including a new language) or read. People with disabilities. Singers, dancers and actors. People working in social care. Techers, TAs and other professionals working in schools or with children. The ClearMask is intended for one time use and is not PPE. It works to help people to connect with each other in a safe way, to ‘see the person not the mask’.

For more information on  ClearMask: bringing the arts back to life  talk to  Rapid Fire Supplies

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