Making meaningful work – and measuring it

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14 Dec 2017

Helping prisoners devise and perform a piece of children’s theatre for their families may help reduce re-offending rates, but Selina Busby questions whether the evaluation of such projects is as effective as it should be.

Beating the ticket touts

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04 Dec 2017

When a production of Hamlet promised to be the hot ticket of the year, RADA embraced technology to make the box office experience fairer for customers and less stressful for staff. Helen Slater tells the story.

Regional theatre income up despite stalling sales

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01 Dec 2017

A large increase in income from musicals and concerts offset falling ticket sales for plays last year, according to box office data from UK Theatre.

Making the transition to producing house

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28 Nov 2017

London’s West End is full of receiving theatres, but the Jermyn Street Theatre has recently rebranded and restructured itself as a producing house. Tom Littler tells the story.

How September became Stafftember

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23 Nov 2017

Stafftember was an opportunity for employees at Theatre Royal Plymouth to find out about each other’s jobs, from operating the spotlights to casting a production. Rebecca Pettitt explains how it came about.

Alternative in-flight entertainment

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23 Nov 2017

An immersive theatre performance lasted 13 hours – the time it took to fly from Heathrow to New York via Iceland. Kate Hargreaves tells the story.

My experience with crowdfunding

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21 Nov 2017

Amy Zamarripa Solis’s first attempt at crowdfunding was not a success. She explains what went wrong and reveals how – after raising less than 50% of her target – she still managed to stage a successful fringe theatre production.

A winning formula for amateur theatre

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09 Nov 2017

For an amateur theatre company to be financially stable and well supported it needs the right volunteers in key roles, as well as an awareness of when to call in the experts, says Clare Simpson.

Over a quarter of theatres have no access information online

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03 Nov 2017

A lack of online information is leaving many publicly funding arts venues inaccessible to deaf and disabled members of the public, a new VocalEyes report has warned.

The appealing taste of advance sales

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02 Nov 2017

For many venues pre-show dining is an important revenue stream, but for customers it can be a rushed and poor experience. Alice Young explains how pre-booking online can make it a more attractive option.

Becoming an expert in an unexpected area

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12 Oct 2017

Sheila Benjamin never thought she’d know so much about construction. She reveals what it was like overseeing a £28m capital project for LAMDA. 

All welcome at the Coliseum

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12 Oct 2017

Oldham Coliseum’s new extension will provide access for everyone to future-proof itself in a borough that is home to many people with disabilities, writes Kevin Shaw.

My Gurus – Stella Kanu

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05 Oct 2017

Stella Kanu of Ovalhouse reflects on the institutions, lofty ideals and ninja-like women who have shaped and guided her career. 

Storycasting theatre

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21 Sep 2017

Freedom Studios recently filmed and broadcast a performance live from multiple mobile phones. Imran Ali explains how.

My advice to you: Garry McQuinn

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29 Aug 2017

Be the person you want to be but also the person you should be: advice from Garry McQuinn to people starting their careers.

Fair wage for artists should be ACE funding condition, Labour says

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11 Aug 2017

A new report examining diversity in the arts says change is impossible until there is “comprehensive data” on class. 

Survey exposes “systemic issues” facing theatre directors in Wales

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04 Aug 2017

Just 12% of respondents to a survey by SDUK had directed on a main stage in the country.

No right answers

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20 Jul 2017

Why do we talk about organisational change as if there are right and wrong answers? David Jubb discusses how the Scratch collaborative process for theatre production is also a powerful tool for organisational development.

Job Ladder – Liz Wilson

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20 Jul 2017

As she leaves York Theatre Royal, Liz Wilson reflects on a career in theatre that has taken her around the country. 

A borough of young theatre-goers

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20 Jul 2017

Every child in the last year of primary school in the London borough of Newham has the opportunity to see world-class theatre for free. Becky Lees explains how the scheme has established itself.

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