The value of live theatre

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20 Apr 2017

As drama is downgraded in our schools, Fiona Banks explains why it is essential for young people to see theatre live on stage.

Too many surcharges

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13 Apr 2017

Fed up with venues adding unjustifiable fees on to tickets for its shows, Birmingham Stage Company is taking drastic action. Neal Foster explains why producers should follow suit.

Simpler subscriptions

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13 Apr 2017

Interest in a Swedish theatre’s subscription scheme was plummeting until it reworked it to reward frequent and early bookings. Jenny Bång outlines the changes it made.

Who is really winning?

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13 Apr 2017

Does dynamic pricing actually benefit theatre producers or audiences? Steve Rich isn’t convinced.

My Gurus – Deborah Sawyerr

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06 Apr 2017

Theatre Royal Stratford East’s new Executive Director, Deborah Sawyerr, reflects on those that inspire and support her.

New network aims to connect every theatre in Europe

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31 Mar 2017

The EU-backed Theatron project is hoping to have its funding extended to launch a new network to continue connecting theatre professionals across Europe.

A dialogue with the audience

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23 Mar 2017

In a bid to listen more to its audiences, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launched a collaborative project that resulted in an ‘audience manifesto’. Amanda Dalton shares the surprising results.

From street lights to stage lights

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23 Mar 2017

Drama can boost the wellbeing of homeless people, but engaging them is not without challenges. Jon Randall shares his experiences producing and touring theatre with Lancaster’s homeless community.

Job ladder – Jonathan Kennedy

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16 Mar 2017

As he prepares to step down as Executive Producer for Tara Arts, Jonathan Kennedy looks back over the steps of his career so far.

House of Lords to assess theatre skills gap

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15 Mar 2017

An inquiry will consider data regarding a future skills gap, the role of a creative education, and the need for greater diversity in theatre.

Getting to know our audience

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09 Mar 2017

Graeae has successfully developed D/deaf and disabled audiences across the UK. Richard Matthews explains the principles and strategies that guide their marketing work.

Power shift

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21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

Give us a goal!

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09 Feb 2017

Taking inspiration from the local community for a new musical about a nightclub proved so successful for Oldham Coliseum that they’re doing it again. Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams tell the story.

Creating characters and dilemmas

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09 Feb 2017

Theatre can be a powerful training tool for community workers. Louise Heywood describes Geese Theatre Company’s work with criminal justice and social welfare professionals.

Should I stay or should I go?

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02 Feb 2017

Following the Brexit vote, are young European actors who have chosen to work in the UK likely to stay? Mark C. Hewitt sounded out a few of them.

Touring Scottish classrooms

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30 Jan 2017

Every child in Scotland will see a performing arts production in their school each year if the National Theatre of Scotland’s plans go ahead. Lucy Mason reviews the first year of a trailblazing new pilot.

Digital initiative to drive community screenings

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27 Jan 2017

A new digital distribution platform is piloting an initiative that will see filmed performances by leading cultural institutions screened in community venues including arts centres, libraries and pubs.

Small venues do it differently

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26 Jan 2017

At the end of a three-year project touring contemporary theatre to small venues in the north east of England, Annabel Turpin and Kate Sanderson share the lessons they have learned.

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