The most important people in the Zoom room

Actor performing as Alice in front of background with the mad hatter and queen of hearts
10 Dec 2020

Lucy Askew explores the possibilities behind a digital theatre platform that puts first things first, and the digital repertory company that will be testing it out.

One candle can light the next

24 Feb 2021

When her work was erased, Tori Allen-Martin took action to make sure it didn’t happen to anyone else. It’s turned into so much more, she writes.

What ‘watch at home’ gave us

A pirate on stage performing Treasure Island in front of a ship prop and his crew
24 Feb 2021

Can a regional theatre make money from online productions? Kelly Johnson says you have to weigh your options and ask for help.

Theatre’s power lies in its people

Liam Evans Ford
24 Feb 2021

For Liam Ford Evans, a career in theatre has highlighted what matters most: energy, experience and everyone else.

Covid transmission study to redefine 'outdoor' theatre

23 Feb 2021

Imperial College researchers will estimate the probability of infection at two theatres and consider whether a covered venue can "behave" as an outdoor space.

Embracing the art of the possible

3 black poeple on a stage raising clench fists in front of a Black Lives Matter sign
10 Feb 2021

The theatre industry needed a champion in a time of crisis. National Theatre Scotland answered the call and it’s not turning back, writes Jackie Wylie.

What to do when you’re sick of Zoom

A digital rendition of a theatre in a surrealist style
10 Feb 2021

Heidi Wiley and Hélène Gauthier share how they created a virtual venue - and why they think this provides a model for the future.

Calculating cultural value: 'Warm glow' feeling adds to theatres' and galleries' worth

04 Feb 2021

Research indicates people value gallery visits at £5 and would pay £11 to keep a local theatre going. What motivates that valuation is harder to define.

Let creativity be a sanctuary

Group of people standing in a hall
19 Jan 2021

Theatre maker Rosie MacPherson calls for urgent action as Covid-19 closes routes to resettlement.

Call for 'temporary amnesty' on audition fees

14 Jan 2021

Drama schools are being urged to axe "absurd" fees for virtual and self-taped auditions to protect diversity in the theatre industry.

Theatre freelancer spend could fall by two thirds

12 Jan 2021

With plans to resume activity at a standstill, freelancers face an uphill climb that could scar the theatre industry.

The non-linear life of a freelancer

Emma Beverley
06 Jan 2021

Leeds 2023 Executive Producer Emma Beverley’s career has come full circle from working with the people she loves to working for them.

55,000 arts jobs lost since lockdown

11 Dec 2020

"This is clear evidence of the existence and the scale of a jobs crisis," researchers say.

£7m endowment to 'secure the future' of RSC’s education work

A man performing in a school gym surrounded by school children
03 Dec 2020

The largest Paul Hamlyn Foundation grant since 2006 will provide a sustainable basis for the theatre’s ongoing work, plus money to evaluate its long-term impact.

More alive than ever before

title confrence call screen with 6 performers working from home and a digital advent calender displayed in the center. A digital clock is counting down from 15.
01 Dec 2020

Despite what you may have heard, theatre isn’t dead. Moving online has made new spaces for creativity and collaboration that won’t close when venues reopen, writes Laura Killeen.

'No evidence' of Covid transmission in well-ventilated, socially distanced spaces

24 Nov 2020

The Government has permitted venues to open with up to 50% capacity from early December. What does the science say?

Stop patronising and pigeonholing young creatives

A group of performers lying on stage distanced from one another
24 Nov 2020

Handing over the reins is a start, but it shouldn’t be an abdication of responsibility. Mentor Suzann McLean and mentee malakai sargeant put each other under the spotlight.

Scotland sees female representation in theatre soar 

05 Nov 2020

Women artistic directors remain seriously underrepresented in Scotland’s highest funded companies despite great strides towards parity overall. 

Lottery funds commercial panto company deal

05 Nov 2020

Lottery operator Camelot says money for a seat buying scheme has not been diverted from not-for-profit arts activities. 

How VR could save theatre

A woman leaning to her left, configuring light rigging.
05 Nov 2020

Even during the pandemic, virtual reality can offer a bridge into theatre for digitally curious audiences. Laura Mallows explains how Theatre-in-VR can reach those whose go-to artforms might normally be cinema, gaming or visual art.

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