Theatre & Touring Symposium 2018
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The Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 was held on 18 June 2018 at The Brewery, London. A new industry conference presented by UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre, the day was an opportunity for the theatre sector to come together to discuss and tackle shared issues, leading to real and practical change.

This report sets out the key points made in the symposium's discussion sessions, and the suggested practical actions for UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre to take forward with colleagues across the industry. You can download the report here: 


Throughout the day there was 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.  

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

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Melanie Eusebe  

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.      


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.


  • 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


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 were invited to attend an industry networking event sponsored by HQ Theatres in the Conservatory at The Barbican.

"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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