Theatre & Touring Symposium 2018 - Monday 18 June 2018 - London
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This event took place on Monday 18 June 2018. Search #TTSymp18 on Twitter to see the news from the day.

UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre present a new industry conference    

Monday 18 June 2018 at The Brewery, London   

Followed by a post-conference industry wide networking event in the beautiful conservatory at The Barbican, sponsored by HQ Theatres.    

A day to tackle shared issues, leading to real and practical change that UK Theatre and SOLT can take forward on behalf of the industry. 

  • Practical workshops
  • Inspiration from high profile speakers
  • Discussions in break-out sessions
  • Time for business conversations and networking

Everyone is welcome. If you are invested in theatre get involved, share your experiences and network with your colleagues from other areas of the industry and from across the UK.  

Melanie Eusebe will Chair the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018. Melanie is Chair of the Black British Business Awards, was Executive Producer for the Women of the World Festival (WoW), and is a Board member of the Creative Industries Federation.     

Throughout the day there will be a choice of 6 discussions, 3 seminars, provocations, polls, speakers from both inside and outside the sector, plenary sessions, an exhibitor marketplace, networking and more.    

View the programme for the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 to find out more.  

We asked you what you wanted to discuss at the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 and the discussion sessions and seminars are based on what you told us. You can read some of the comments and suggestions we received on this summary.

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Confirmed speakers include:

Emma Birchall - Head of Insight and Forecasting, Hot Spots Movement

Emma is a writer, speaker and experienced researcher on the future of work. She leads the Future of Work Research Consortium, exploring what work will look like in the years ahead, and what individuals and organisations must do now to prepare. Emma writes for the US Business Section of the Huffington Post.

Dr Dave O’Brien - Chancellor's Fellow, Cultural and Creative Industries, University of Edinburgh

Dr Dave O'Brien is Chancellor’s Fellow in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Edinburgh . His research currently covers five areas: cultural policy, urban policy, public administration, cultural value, and cultural work.  He is co-author of the recently published report, Panic! Social Class, Taste and Inequalities in the Creative Industries.

Confirmed contributors include: 

  • Alison Clark - Manchester International Festival
  • Andrew Miller - Disability Champion for the Arts & Cultural Sector
  • Andy Rudge - Integro
  • Anna Lowe – Smartify
  • Anna Wiseman – Spektrix
  • Brenna Hobson - National Theatre of Scotland
  • Ed Bartlam - Underbelly
  • Ed Snape - Fiery Angel
  • Fiona Allan - UK Theatre President and Birmingham Hippodrome
  • Fiona Curtis – National Theatre Wales
  • Jay Crutchley - Beatfreaks
  • Jenifer Toksvig
  • Jessica Koravos - Really Useful Group
  • Jill Robinson – TRG Arts
  • Jon Gilchrist – HOME
  • Kate Varah – The Old Vic
  • Kenny Wax - SOLT President and Kenny Wax Productions
  • Kieran Griffiths – Playhouse Theatre, Londonderry
  • Kwame Kwei-Armah - Young Vic
  • Lisa Baxter – The Experience Business
  • Lisa Burger – National Theatre
  • Louise Chantal – Oxford Playhouse
  • Louise Jeffreys - Barbican
  • Mark Skipper – Northern Ballet
  • Martin Sutherland – Royal & Derngate
  • Neil Adleman – Harbottle and Lewis
  • Niamh Flanagan – Theatre NI
  • Prema Mehta – Freelance Lighting Designer
  • Rachel Tackley – Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Suzanne Alleyne - Apples and Snakes
  • Zeddie Lawal - Beatfreaks

Here is the current delegate list for Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018.   

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£205+VAT, Non-Members

£185+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members (after 16/02/18), ITC, FST, ABTT and ABO Members

£150+VAT, UK Theatre & SOLT Members if booked before 16 Feb 2018

£75+VAT, Concession - Freelancer / Early-career *

* Please choose this category if you are purchasing your ticket as an individual and you:

  • are self-employed and earning less than £20,000 per year OR
  • have less than 2 years’ experience in the theatre industry and are not currently in full time employment

We have a special rate available for Stage One Trainee Producers and bursary recipients. Please email or call 020 7557 6737 to find out more. 

If you are unsure which category you should choose or have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email or call 020 7557 6700.

Integro Insurance Brokers in association with Chubb

"Integro Insurance Brokers in association with Chubb are very proud to be UK Theatre's preferred insurance supplier and sponsor of the Theatre and Touring Symposium. Our team has extensive experience and exclusive products designed specifically with your industry requirements in mind and is looking forward to answering any questions or enquiries you may have."


"The Spektrix team is excited to support the vital work UK Theatre and SOLT are delivering for the sector. We’re delighted to support the Theatre and Touring Symposium, and to be a part of the networking, knowledge sharing and thought leadership taking place over the year." 

TRG Arts 

"In challenging times, it’s imperative the UK theatre industry come together and discover effective news ways of working.  TRG Arts is delighted to support the inaugural Theatre and Touring Symposium and we look forward to sharing international examples of how to build resilience."  


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Following the Theatre and Touring Symposium, all delegates are invited to attend an industry networking event sponsored by HQ Theatres in the Conservatory at The Barbican.

Monday 18 June 2018
5 - 8pm at the Barbican Conservatory
Drinks and canapés

"HQ Theatres & Hospitality are delighted to sponsor the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018. As an industry-leading venue operator our unique model combines dynamic theatre management with excellence in hospitality. We’re enormously proud to champion the sector and to support UK Theatre and SOLT."   

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