What is community theatre?

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19 May 2015

Isn’t all theatre ‘community’ theatre, asks Sara Clifford as she explores why so many people write it off as just amateur, worthy and poor quality.

On the high and low roads

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07 May 2015

Roberta Doyle explains why Scotland’s theatre company ‘without walls’ tours the highlands and islands of Scotland.

Who are the commissioners?

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30 Apr 2015

Linden Rowley explores who the commissioners of public services are, where to find them and how arts and cultural organisations can best talk to them.

A huge part of the story

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16 Apr 2015

London Bubble offers a wide variety of volunteering opportunities, but it’s not just about one-off opportunities, explains Lucy Bradshaw – they’re in it for the long haul.

Sparking an initial interest

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16 Apr 2015

Regularly volunteering in both front of house and backstage roles has given many students their initial interest in the arts, according to Katherine Edwardes.

In the spirit of London 2012

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16 Apr 2015

Volunteers are now at the heart of a national programme to improve wellbeing and social cohesion, says Penny East.

Arts support by London councils falters

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20 Mar 2015

Cuts and restructures have damaged relationships between arts organisations and local authorities, with community organisations and artists finding support harder to come by. 

Social investment fund backs the arts

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11 Mar 2015

A new team of investors is offering unsecured loan finance to arts organisations who can demonstrate social, artistic and financial returns.

Cohesion or conflict

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19 Feb 2015

Frances Williams says it’s time to drop the false optimism surrounding arts projects in areas of social deprivation and take a more critical view. 

Millions of conversations

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09 Feb 2015

How relevant is outreach marketing in a world of digital communications? Hardish Virk believes there is still a place for talking to people on the street.

Bottom of the food chain

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05 Feb 2015

Bev Adams accuses funding assessors of ‘project snobbery’ and favouring venue-based organisations over artists working in the community.

When the cold, hard cash runs out

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02 Feb 2015

Guy Nicholson shares his views on the changing role of local government in supporting London’s arts and culture.

Legal advice for free

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05 Jan 2015

Russell King describes how, through the Lawyers Volunteering for the Arts scheme, he has helped Peckham Platform establish itself as an independent charity and transformed himself from a visual arts philistine.

Getting the play on the stage

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25 Nov 2014

What does it take to be a playwright in the community? Alan Spence reflects on the highs and lows of writing plays for community groups over the last 25 years.

A brave new town

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10 Nov 2014

Made in Corby, a consortium of community groups and venues, is making radical and brave efforts to engage communities in the arts, says Simon Mutsaars.

The dynamics of arts marketing

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03 Nov 2014

Hye-Kyung Lee traces the history of arts marketing though three different phases, each posing new challenges and requiring arts marketers to rethink their aims and remits.

Listen, play and learn

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29 Oct 2014

A recent conference explored the value of music-making with early years and key stage 1 children. Fraser Wilson and Emily Moss describe the event’s discussions and activities.

A warm welcome

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06 Oct 2014

Suzi Simpson tells how this summer’s Refugee Week Scotland celebrated the successful integration of refugees with music, dance, films and feasts.

The Congolese tales

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06 Oct 2014

Peggy Mulongo recalls the challenges and joys of working with refugees and asylum seekers from the Democratic Republic of Congo on an oral archive and performance project.

Arts Masters squeezed out amidst financial pressures

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12 Sep 2014

The threat to postgraduate degrees in specialist arts subjects is growing, as public sector cuts deplete training budgets and universities start to close their smaller courses in favour of more lucrative undergraduate programmes.

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