New life for Eastbourne’s oldest theatre

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15 Nov 2018

Pulling a community venue back from the brink needs vision, commitment and cost-effective solutions for tackling commercial challenges. The Royal Hippodrome Theatre has harnessed all three, writes Claire Boot.

Job Ladder - Adrian Sutton

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15 Nov 2018

Theatre and concert composer Adrian Sutton looks back on the trajectory of his career, from computer magazine reviews editor to becoming the musical brains behind the score for War Horse.

Plans for £27m Oldham theatre under threat as council pulls funding

Oldham Coliseum
09 Nov 2018

The news that Oldham Council has decided to drop its support for a new Oldham Coliseum Theatre comes as the theatre’s long-serving Artistic Director announces he is leaving this month to go freelance.

New Artistic Director at Bolton Octagon

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09 Nov 2018

Lotte Wakeham has set out her vision for the theatre, which includes “tonnes of participatory work” as the venue undergoes a major capital redevelopment.

Creating confident communicators

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08 Nov 2018

When Oxford Playhouse was asked if it could run acting technique workshops for John Lewis, the answer had to be a yes, says Louise Chantal.

Origins and ripples

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18 Oct 2018

London Bubble’s Creative Elders programme has encouraged residents in sheltered housing units to socialise, be creative – and perform in public, says Helena Rice.

Rules to shake up city theatre

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04 Oct 2018

The city theatre in Ghent, Belgium has a new rulebook, aiming to open it up to the independent scene and international touring. Milo Rau introduces his 'Ghent Manifesto'.

A community commemoration

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03 Oct 2018

Dover’s contribution to the Armistice Centenary in November will be a collaborative community production about the arrival of the body of the ‘Unknown Warrior’. Andrew Dawson tells the story.

Job Ladder – Trish Wadley

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27 Sep 2018

Trish Wadley reveals the trajectory of her globe-trotting career.

Supporting ourself by supporting others

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20 Sep 2018

When James Haddrell took on the directorship of Greenwich Theatre over ten years ago, he didn’t know if the company had a future at all. Here he charts its imaginative route to recovery.

Tackling isolation in tower blocks

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13 Sep 2018

A project run by the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester and a housing provider started with cultural visits and ended with a full-scale theatre production. Inga Hirst tells the story.

A stage for experimental theatre

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06 Sep 2018

Ovalhouse’s FiRST BiTES programme ensures that it takes the risks necessary for creating diverse and experimental theatre, explains Owen Calvert-Lyons.

Scotland ring-fences cash for touring

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10 Aug 2018

Creative Scotland has announced details of a new Touring Fund offering organisations outside its Regular Funding portfolio the chance to make and tour new work.

€4m pan-European project to support disabled artists

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03 Aug 2018

New funding aims to bring disabled artists into the mainstream of European dance and theatre, and build a network committed to presenting their work.

A place of sanctuary

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19 Jul 2018

Bolton's Octagon Theatre offers refugees and asylum seekers a warm welcome and opportunities to share their experiences. Deborah Dickinson tells the story.

Job Ladder – Miguel Oyarzun

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05 Jul 2018

Now Co-Director of both a major arts centre in Madrid and BE FESTIVAL in Birmingham – roles he shares with his partner Isla Aguilar – Miguel Oyarzun reflects on his career to date.

Only fools and dreamers

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28 Jun 2018

Setting up a new theatre in a former bus depot with no funding was a leap of faith for its two founders. Peter Tate and Anthony Biggs tell the story.

Midsummer tasters

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28 Jun 2018

For people reluctant to pay to see a full-length Shakespeare play, the RSC’s open-air, non-ticketed theatre staging amateur productions offers a relaxed alternative, says Nicola Salmon.

Taking bold steps

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20 Jun 2018

Few arts venues have programmed main stage shows starring performers with learning disabilities, but new diversity requirements for England’s NPOs could change that, says Gus Garside.

New 24-hour helpline for theatre professionals

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14 Jun 2018

The email and phone service, set up by Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre, will offer support on health and wellbeing issues.

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