Cash support for emerging companies

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12 Feb 2016

Financial support forms part of a new series of sector-led schemes aimed at breaking down major barriers to young theatre companies being able to showcase their work. 

A match made in Sheffield

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11 Feb 2016

Every year, 40,000 people are drawn to Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre for an event that is neither a play nor a musical. Bookey Oshin reports on an unusual partnership. 

Live to digital

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11 Feb 2016

When Pilot Theatre first livestreamed a theatre production eight years ago, it did not foresee this leading to a significant new income stream, says Marcus Romer.

One coin, two sides

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04 Feb 2016

For small arts companies, it’s a fiercely competitive time to be applying for funding from trusts and foundations. Annie Rigby and Natalie Querol share their very different experiences. 

How to… start a theatre company

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28 Jan 2016

Remember Dolly Parton’s work ethic and surround yourself with love: Bryony Shanahan – from the team behind ‘Bitch Boxer’ – shares her top tips for starting a theatre company.

Filling the gap

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21 Jan 2016

Despite a thriving theatre scene, Arthur Stafford couldn’t help but feel Manchester’s playwrights weren’t receiving the support they needed. So he set about changing things.

Taking back control

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20 Jan 2016

After moving to a new box office system, an Atlanta theatre secured nearly three times more in donations in the last half of 2015 than its 2014 total. Libby Penn shares the story.

If I were 22: Jennifer Jackson

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15 Jan 2016

Meet as many people as you can, and put your self-esteem in your own hands, not the hands of others: advice from Jennifer Jackson for young professionals.

A play for the nation

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14 Jan 2016

The RSC’s Dream 16 will involve 18 professional actors, 14 amateur casts and 58 groups of schoolchildren. As rehearsals begin, Erica Whyman explains why she is both excited and daunted.

Finding an audience

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13 Jan 2016

It’s not easy to find an audience for contemporary devised theatre in an area with low arts engagement, but Nancy Barrett did it. She tells us how.

Nurturing a new generation

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06 Jan 2016

Wendy Gadian explains why finding the right funder was key to helping the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama support emerging musical directors.

How to… produce a play

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23 Dec 2015

Tim Johanson takes a break from producing theatre shows in London and New York to share his top tips for producing a hit play. 

If I were 22: David Jubb & Tobi Kyeremateng

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11 Dec 2015

Battersea Arts Centre’s Artistic Director David Jubb offers advice to those just starting their careers, whilst his colleague Tobi Kyeremateng shares tips that she has recently put into practice.

Shakespearean theatre of the north planned for Prescot

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11 Dec 2015

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is supporting plans for a £19m Jacobean playhouse in Prescot which would form a “Shakespearean triangle” with Stratford and London.

If at first you don’t succeed…

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10 Dec 2015

The National Theatre isn’t shy about re-approaching a foundation that has previously turned it down. Emily Horn and Bryony Mills explain why.

Competing against the rest

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10 Dec 2015

Deborah Larwood reveals how Sheffield Theatres secured foundation funding for an access project and shares her top fundraising tips.

New local pride

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03 Dec 2015

Why would a theatre want the hassle and financial risk of producing its own productions rather than just presenting touring shows? John Baker explains why – and how – the Marlowe Theatre is doing both.

Job Ladder – Paula Rabbitt

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03 Dec 2015

From a receptionist in Glasgow to Communications Manager at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, Paula Rabbitt tells us about her career.

Kick starting a play

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01 Dec 2015

How do you encourage new writing on a shoestring budget? Joe Sumsion reveals how The Dukes’ new scheme is doing just that.

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