A dialogue with the audience

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23 Mar 2017

In a bid to listen more to its audiences, Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre launched a collaborative project that resulted in an ‘audience manifesto’. Amanda Dalton shares the surprising results.

From street lights to stage lights

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23 Mar 2017

Drama can boost the wellbeing of homeless people, but engaging them is not without challenges. Jon Randall shares his experiences producing and touring theatre with Lancaster’s homeless community.

Job ladder – Jonathan Kennedy

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16 Mar 2017

As he prepares to step down as Executive Producer for Tara Arts, Jonathan Kennedy looks back over the steps of his career so far.

House of Lords to assess theatre skills gap

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15 Mar 2017

An inquiry will consider data regarding a future skills gap, the role of a creative education, and the need for greater diversity in theatre.

Getting to know our audience

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09 Mar 2017

Graeae has successfully developed D/deaf and disabled audiences across the UK. Richard Matthews explains the principles and strategies that guide their marketing work.

Power shift

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21 Feb 2017

A new diversity programme will shift power and resources to where they can be most effective. Dawn Walton explains the thinking behind Eclipse Theatre’s new artist development initiative.

Give us a goal!

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09 Feb 2017

Taking inspiration from the local community for a new musical about a nightclub proved so successful for Oldham Coliseum that they’re doing it again. Cathy Crabb and Lindsay Williams tell the story.

Creating characters and dilemmas

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09 Feb 2017

Theatre can be a powerful training tool for community workers. Louise Heywood describes Geese Theatre Company’s work with criminal justice and social welfare professionals.

Should I stay or should I go?

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02 Feb 2017

Following the Brexit vote, are young European actors who have chosen to work in the UK likely to stay? Mark C. Hewitt sounded out a few of them.

Touring Scottish classrooms

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30 Jan 2017

Every child in Scotland will see a performing arts production in their school each year if the National Theatre of Scotland’s plans go ahead. Lucy Mason reviews the first year of a trailblazing new pilot.

Digital initiative to drive community screenings

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27 Jan 2017

A new digital distribution platform is piloting an initiative that will see filmed performances by leading cultural institutions screened in community venues including arts centres, libraries and pubs.

Small venues do it differently

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26 Jan 2017

At the end of a three-year project touring contemporary theatre to small venues in the north east of England, Annabel Turpin and Kate Sanderson share the lessons they have learned.

Theatre working culture disadvantages parents and carers, report says

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13 Jan 2017

Women are disproportionately burdened with caring responsibilities, which limit income and opportunities for both employed and self-employed professionals.

Job ladder – Michelle Abbey

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05 Jan 2017

Chelsea Theatre’s Community Development Manager Michelle Abbey discusses her career engaging audiences and promoting diversity.  

How to… plan your first relaxed performance

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22 Dec 2016

Be prepared to make mistakes and consider reaching out to other organisations running relaxed events, says Kate Lovell.

My Gurus – Alison King

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15 Dec 2016

From Robert Lepage to Captain Kirk, Turtle Key Arts’ Alison King names those who guide and inspire her. 

The magic of rural touring

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15 Dec 2016

Volunteer promoter Tom Speight writes about the joys of hosting professional performing arts right on his doorstep as part of a rural touring scheme.

Lloyd Webber diversity research calls for colour-blind casting

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02 Dec 2016

Failure to diversify will cause theatre to become irrelevant to the majority of the British population, the report concludes.

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