A challenging but manageable journey

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14 Dec 2017

Male prisoners at risk of suicide or self-harm may be apprehensive about signing up for a theatre project, but some finish Geese Theatre Company’s five-day course giddy with pride. Louise Heywood shares the story.

Making meaningful work – and measuring it

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14 Dec 2017

Helping prisoners devise and perform a piece of children’s theatre for their families may help reduce re-offending rates, but Selina Busby questions whether the evaluation of such projects is as effective as it should be.

Beating the ticket touts

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04 Dec 2017

When a production of Hamlet promised to be the hot ticket of the year, RADA embraced technology to make the box office experience fairer for customers and less stressful for staff. Helen Slater tells the story.

Making the transition to producing house

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28 Nov 2017

London’s West End is full of receiving theatres, but the Jermyn Street Theatre has recently rebranded and restructured itself as a producing house. Tom Littler tells the story.

How September became Stafftember

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23 Nov 2017

Stafftember was an opportunity for employees at Theatre Royal Plymouth to find out about each other’s jobs, from operating the spotlights to casting a production. Rebecca Pettitt explains how it came about.

Alternative in-flight entertainment

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23 Nov 2017

An immersive theatre performance lasted 13 hours – the time it took to fly from Heathrow to New York via Iceland. Kate Hargreaves tells the story.

Hong Kong: Where dance and technology meet

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22 Nov 2017

In the lead-up to the opening of new venues in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, Anna CY Chan is embracing technology to broaden dance audiences and develop future talent.

A winning formula for amateur theatre

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09 Nov 2017

For an amateur theatre company to be financially stable and well supported it needs the right volunteers in key roles, as well as an awareness of when to call in the experts, says Clare Simpson.

Making the most of membership

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02 Nov 2017

How did Sadler’s Wells manage to increase its membership and ticket sales while cutting discounts and other incentives? Sebastian Cheswright Cater shares the secrets of their success.

The appealing taste of advance sales

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02 Nov 2017

For many venues pre-show dining is an important revenue stream, but for customers it can be a rushed and poor experience. Alice Young explains how pre-booking online can make it a more attractive option.

New ventures in Venice

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31 Oct 2017

Many arts graduates are struggling to find employment, but a British Council scheme is helping some to bridge the gap between education and work by spending a month at the Venice Biennale. Laura Broderick and Emma Dexter explain how it works. 

The art of not underselling

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19 Oct 2017

Fabrica in Brighton has raised extra income through venue hire for some years, but it needed a more commercial approach to maximise its potential. Anne Rupert tells the story.

Creating change together

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19 Oct 2017

Arts leaders involved in a new two-year programme for organisations seeking to create significant change gathered together for the first time recently. Richard Watts discusses the aims of the programme.

Becoming an expert in an unexpected area

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12 Oct 2017

Sheila Benjamin never thought she’d know so much about construction. She reveals what it was like overseeing a £28m capital project for LAMDA. 

All welcome at the Coliseum

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12 Oct 2017

Oldham Coliseum’s new extension will provide access for everyone to future-proof itself in a borough that is home to many people with disabilities, writes Kevin Shaw.

Redeveloping a period mansion

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12 Oct 2017

Abbot Hall in Kendal, a Grade I listed mansion and now home to an art gallery and museum, is in the early stages of its redevelopment. Gordon Watson outlines the proposals.

From satisfaction to sales

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05 Oct 2017

When Bradford Theatres recognised that its online booking system was a bit creaky, it chose a phased approach that satisfied customer expectations and resulted in a higher average spend, says Libby Penn.

Connecting a city

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03 Oct 2017

Charles Quick describes how a programme of creative activities built around the Preston and Lancashire City Deal has brought together artists, residents and policy makers, and been met with a surprising amount of enthusiasm.

Storycasting theatre

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21 Sep 2017

Freedom Studios recently filmed and broadcast a performance live from multiple mobile phones. Imran Ali explains how.

The virtual orchestra

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21 Sep 2017

Virtual reality technology may be in its infancy, but Luke Ritchie sees huge potential for the arts. He reveals how the Philharmonia Orchestra is using it for artistic and audience development purposes. 

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