Exit interview: 'Theatre is diverse by its very nature'

16 Jan 2020

Outgoing Tara Arts Artistic Director Jatinder Verma looks back on 40 years of championing diversity on and off stage. Is the fight finally over?

My Gurus: ‘it is always about the work’

09 Jan 2020

Jimmy Fairhurst, Artistic Director of Not Too Tame, talks about the eclectic mix of people who have inspired his career as a working-class artist. 

A truly national theatre? Exploring new ways to collaborate

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05 Dec 2019

National Theatre partnerships with theatres around the country are creating an opportunity for them to share and compare experiences and ideas across a mix of scales, locations and financial models. Lisa Burger explains what’s going on.

Job Ladder: 'I’ve always followed what felt right'

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05 Dec 2019

From freelance marketing to running his own production company, Jake Orr has always been willing to take a leap into the unknown.

Bonding with the Bard: how Shakespeare brought East Londoners closer together

28 Nov 2019

Can theatres really forge deep and meaningful connections with their local communities across age, class and ethnicity? Douglas Rintoul explains how Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch has done just that.

My Gurus: 'the route less travelled'

28 Nov 2019

Mahogany Opera Artistic Director Frederic Wake-Walker looks back at the people who taught him to make art like you're making history.

Diversifying the talent pipeline

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07 Nov 2019

Victoria Edwards details a plan to attract students with previously low arts engagement to the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama - and by extension, the creative industries.

Disability front and centre stage

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31 Oct 2019

Creating a production that allowed a young and inexperienced disabled British Asian actor to play an authentic character was a rewarding challenge that led to a rich experience for everyone involved. Pravesh Kumar tells the story.

Theatres urged to ‘lose control’ to audiences

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17 Oct 2019

Consulting communities is not the same as allowing them to make decisions, attendees at the recent Theatres Trust conference heard.

‘I want to take the emotional risk’: getting men to open up about mental health

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23 Sep 2019

Restoke anticipated difficulties getting local men to talk about their mental wellbeing – then 170 of them responded to its first casting call. Clare Reynolds explains how co-creation helped create lasting change

Community theatre at its best

Audience watching ‘Coram Boy’ with Gloucester Cathedral in the background
29 Aug 2019

A play at Gloucester Cathedral with a cast drawn from local people sparked real change among participants and spectators alike, writes Fiona Crouch.

‘Increasing social division’ in schools’ theatre access

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16 Aug 2019

England’s principal producing theatres say cuts to arts education are increasingly restricting their work with children to independent schools.

Exit interview: Chris Jaeger

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20 Jun 2019

Alongside the creative highs, Chris Jaeger's 24 years at Worcester Live involved plenty of putting out fires - sometimes literally. He shares his doubts about tribute bands, calls for trustees to hand over more money, and laments that Arts Council England will only fund work no one wants to see.

Festival locations cancelled after funding flop

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07 Jun 2019

Almost half the shows in a touring film and theatre festival have been cancelled at short notice following lacklustre ticket sales and failures to secure public funding.

Making the impossible possible

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23 May 2019

Last month, weekly arts group participants with sensory impairments, physical disabilities and mental illnesses came together to perform an adapted Shakespeare play in Belfast. Eileen Branagh explains the process of creative collaboration that allowed the cast to realise their ambitions.

Queuing up for 50p tickets

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02 May 2019

There are queues around the block for a chance to nab the Citizens Theatre's 50p tickets – an offer that’s available for every production. It’s not just a way of diversifying audiences, it also brings to life the theatre’s history, and civic mission, says Dominic Hill.

A sensory new world

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02 May 2019

Lucy Garland explains how her company makes theatre accessible to adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

My Gurus: Jon Haynes and David Woods

Jon Haynes and David Woods
02 May 2019

A deadpan Indian humourist, a Finnish psychologist and a mischievous artist: theatre makers Jon Haynes and David Woods look back on their career gurus.

An experiment in openness

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11 Apr 2019

Not convinced that existing artist development programmes were making a tangible difference, New Perspectives Theatre Company has created a year-long scheme designed to be both open and flexible, says Jack McNamara.

Experiencing words visually

Photo of Charlotte Arrowsmith in rehearsal for As You Like It
21 Mar 2019

Charlotte Arrowsmith, who is performing in two plays with the RSC this summer, explains the challenges and opportunities involved when deaf actors are cast in mainstream productions.

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