'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?

£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

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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.

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.

Sector looks to digital for post-pandemic bounce

21 Oct 2020

Cultural organisations and funders are investing in digital to keep artistic activity alive - whether social distancing rules persist or not.

Changing direction – and finding a voice

23 Sep 2020

As many creative people pause and rethink the path they're on, Mary Irwin explains how a new programme could help them harness their talent in a meaningful way.

Mass testing key to fully reopening the arts sector, MPs told

11 Sep 2020

Arts events could incentivise testing and restart the sector safely. But without a confirmed reopening date, there is little hope of recovery.

Plea to save sector as support for freelancers ends

19 Aug 2020

The imminent end of income support for freelancers "will be devastating for them and for the industry," union leaders say. The damage has already begun.

Freelancers despair as emergency funding goes elsewhere

31 Jul 2020

Artists and creatives stand on the brink of financial disaster following announcements that the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund will be ringfenced for organisations at imminent risk of failure.

Public engagement: a renewed civic role for theatre

Front of the Playground Theatre
22 Jul 2020

Small theatres and companies are ideally placed to give their local communities a voice. But there will have to be new models of working, and funders will have to resist the strong pull to conserve the past, says Anthony Biggs.

On equal footing

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13 Jul 2020

The experience of running participatory work online has led Theatr Clwyd to rethink the whole concept of ‘reach’. Let’s use this moment to make the arts truly accessible to all says Gwennan Mair.

Letter: Fund the ecosystem - not the select few

13 Jul 2020

If ACE only distributes the Government's support package to the organisations they have a current relationship with, then 80% of the sector will remain vulnerable and large scale venues as well as small will be at risk says Michael Ockwell.

Outdoor performances given green light for July 11

10 Jul 2020

Indoor performance pilots with the London Symphony Orchestra will shape further reopening plans amid concerns about the safety of singing, brass and wind instruments.

A better space

Chairs and tables in the atrium at Bristol Old Vic
09 Jul 2020

Covid has given us a chance to imagine a new kind of future for our theatres, but without big goals we will be hostages to fortune rather than agents of change. Alan Dix shares his wish list.

Scottish Government announces financial life raft for Edinburgh Fringe

a group of costumed street performers at Edinburgh Fringe
16 Jun 2020

Scotland appears to be the first country in the UK to make a direct Government loan to ensure a cultural organisation can survive the current financial crisis.

The pivot to digital: catching up and moving forward

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10 Jun 2020

As live-to-digital capture, broadcast and live-streaming are embraced more widely in the rush to build up work online, emerging technologies and creative approaches are also bringing new experiences in very different ways. Marcus Romer explains.

When music is no longer the afterthought

Clod Ensemble - On The High Road performance
27 May 2020

For many years ‘music for theatre’ wasn’t even recognised in the Olivier or Evening Standard awards, but the tide is turning. Paul Clark sees the increasing confidence and ambition of sound and music, even in ‘well-made plays’.

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