More than a dance tour

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28 Mar 2017

Many international dance companies tour the UK thanks to the Dance Consortium, but venues, young dancers and many others also benefit from its work. Ros Robins explains how.

Creating coastal communities

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28 Mar 2017

Following the launch of the Cultural Coastal Network, Polly Gifford explains why it’s needed and what it hopes to achieve.

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.

Dancing with the long cane

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23 Mar 2017

An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.

Getting teenagers singing

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21 Mar 2017

60 young people in Cambridgeshire stay behind after school every week to sing, compose music and play instruments. Lin Hetherington tells the story.

Sign of the times

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09 Mar 2017

Watershed in Bristol has learnt from its customers with hearing impairments how to be more welcoming, including by learning basic signing. Louise Gardner tells the story.

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.

Art without outsiders

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09 Mar 2017

What are the dynamics when a group of artists with and without learning disabilities work together? Emma Bosworth discusses the positive outcomes of the OutsiderXchanges project. 

Participation in portrait painting

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09 Mar 2017

A series of portrait-painting events exploring and celebrating diversity engaged both live and online audiences. Mandy Fowler explains how people from all around the world got involved. 

Juggling and jigsaws

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02 Mar 2017

As a small company with no permanent dancers, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance productions are tricky to coordinate but ultimately rewarding. Amanda Skoog explains how they manage it.

A powerful platform

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23 Feb 2017

The Watermill Theatre’s new box office management system has increased ticket sales and donations, and encouraged customers to book earlier, says Libby Penn.

Sharing the stage

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23 Feb 2017

Realising they shared values and aims, Sage Gateshead and Newcastle United Foundation decided to team up. Wendy Smith describes a project that brought music lovers and football fans together. 

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.

Emotional responses to music

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16 Feb 2017

Manchester Camerata’s work with people with dementia recently took its musicians to Tokyo to deliver training. Lucy Geddes reveals what they shared and what they learned.

The power of the lullaby

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14 Feb 2017

A fascination with lullabies has led Supriya Nagarajan to produce inter-cultural performances and education projects around the world. She tells the story. 

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.

The trouble with telling stories

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09 Feb 2017

Selling new work to audiences and venues can be difficult enough, but how do you sell a new artform like storytelling? Naomi Wilds explains how Adverse Camber has faced up to the challenge.

A winning formula

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09 Feb 2017

The Orchestra of the Swan has found a formula for boldly commissioning new works that pleases both composers and audiences. David Curtis explains his approach.

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