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UK Theatre Blog

This blog is a space for influential voices from the theatre sector to comment on topical issues, explore new ideas, highlight success stories, share expertise and more. 
  • Meet the Board: Michèle Taylor Julia-Potts.jpgMeet the Board: Michèle Taylor 19 October 2018
  • What Makes a Welcoming Theatre? Michael Simkins - An Actor's View Michael Simkins"...the atmosphere of any public building is not dependent on the design, the clarity of the signage, or the organic credentials of its coffee bar, but on the attitude of the people who work there the human interface..." 08 October 2018
  • Top Ten Tips for Improving Health and Safety Phillip Brown.bmpTaking a positive interest in the H&S can be a major asset for your business and your reputation, ultimately meaning people go home in one piece and are fit enough to return the next day. Your H&S culture should reflect the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values you all share. Phill Brown, Head of Risk & Technical at SOLT UK Theatre shares his top ten tips to improve your culture: 03 October 2018
  • Career Ladder: Claire Owen, HR Manager Claire Owens headshotClaire Owen, HR Manager at Birmingham Royal Ballet talks to us about her career and shares her life lessons. 26 September 2018
  • A Day in the life: John Duncan, Stage Manager at Scottish Opera John Duncan -  Stage Manager Der Rosenkavalier Unwrapped - Scottish Opera - Credit Mark HamiltonJohn Duncan, Stage Manager at Scottish Opera, tells us about a day in his life. "I am so grateful every day to be in the profession I'm in." 21 September 2018
  • Meet the Board: Julia Potts Julia-Potts.jpgIn our new Meet the Board blog series, you'll get to know our Board members better and find out why they choose to volunteer their time and expertise to UK Theatre on behalf of the industry. In this, the third edition of our 'Meet the Board' series, we hear from Julia Potts, Business Director with Ambassador Theatre Group and recently re-elected board member for a second term with UK Theatre. 12 September 2018
  • Let them know, #YesOrNo Jenifer Toksvig - Photo credit Kate Griffin Photography"For freelancers of all kinds, uncertainty is a strain on our mental health when it comes to financial security, and our ability to respond to the needs of home and family." #YesOrNo by Jenifer Toksvig. 21 August 2018
  • Making Touring Theatre Happen - Jane Claire (Theatre Employee of the Year 2017, UK Theatre Awards) Liz Leck and Jane Claire, joint winners of Theatre Employee of the Year 2017, UK Theatre Awards. Photo: Pamela RaithJane Claire was the joint recipient of Theatre Employee of the Year at the 2017 UK Theatre Awards. Now, one year on and with the 2018 UK Theatre Awards applications open, we caught up with Jane to find out more about her career - past, present and future - and what winning the award meant to her. 17 August 2018
  • Three ways to use tech to engage audiences Mix The Play Poster - Flying ObjectsThree ways to use tech to engage audiences by Tom Pursey. Tom is the co-founder and creative director of Flying Object, a creative studio that works with arts organisations, charities and brands on engaging audiences and customers online, through video content and social media, and through technology-enabled installations. 10 August 2018
  • The Producing Model: Partnerships between Venues, Companies and Producers NST-Fantastic Mr Fox-1 c.Manuel Harlan.jpgSam Hodges (Director, Nuffield Southampton Theatres) explains how developing a new hybrid model allowed NST to fully realise their commitment to produce and tour the finest quality family work, leading to their 2017 UK Theatre Award win of Best Presentation of Touring Theatre for 'Fantastic Mr Fox'. 08 August 2018
  • The Digital Season: Scottish Ballet (Achievement in Marketing/Audience Development, UK Theatre Award Winners 2017) Filming The Perfect Place, Scottish Ballet. Photo by Christina Riley "At Scottish Ballet, we wanted to push the boundaries and try something different, to open the entire organisation dancers, choreographers, technical, administration and support staff to new ways of creating work, new technologies and new collaborations. And in April 2017, with our inaugural Digital Season, that is exactly what we did. " 01 August 2018
  • Liz Leck - Theatre Employee of the Year 2017 (UK Theatre Awards) Liz Leck and two of her children - UK Theatre Awards 2017 - Photo: Pamela RaithIn 2017, Liz Leck (Access Associate, Birmingham Hippodrome) was the joint recipient of the Theatre Employee of the Year Award. A lot has changed for Liz in the past year so we caught up Liz to talk career, being a working single mum, relaxed performances, retirement and what winning the award meant to her - amongst other things! 31 July 2018
  • Meet the Board: Jon Gilchrist Jon Gilchrist (Photo: Helen-Murray)In our new Meet the Board blog series, you'll get to know our Board members better and find out why they choose to volunteer their time and expertise to UK Theatre on behalf of the industry. In this edition of Meet the Board we get to know Jon Gilchrist, Executive Director of HOME in Manchester. 20 July 2018
  • Career Ladder: Martin Russell Martin Russell (Head of Creative Learning and Talent, Mercury Theatre), Photo: Sally ParkinsonMartin Russell, Head of Creative Learning and Talent, Mercury Theatre Colchester, talks to us about his career and life lessons. 09 July 2018
  • Meet the Board: Stephanie Sirr Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive at Nottingham Playhouse. Creative by WrenIn our new Meet the Board blog series, you'll get to know our Board members better and find out why they choose to volunteer their time and expertise to UK Theatre on behalf of the industry. We begin our series with Stephanie Sirr, Chief Executive of Nottingham Playhouse. 05 July 2018
  • Producers and venues: new approaches to growing patron loyalty, access and income Jill Robinson, TRG Arts, CEOby Jill Robinson, CEO, TRG Arts 29 June 2018
  • A Day in the Life: Prema Mehta Prema Mehta. Photo credit: Sarah HicksonPrema Mehta, tells us about a day in the life of a Freelance Lighting Designer. 20 June 2018
  • Theatre & Touring Symposium - what's it all about? TTSymp logo 370x150Theatre & Touring Symposium - what's it all about? by Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre 13 June 2018
  • Experience Design hacks that can help you capitalise on the Visitor Economy Spektrix logoExperience Design hacks that can help you capitalise on the Visitor Economy 11 June 2018
  • Developing a more diverse generation of theatre-makers: 20 Stories High 20 Stories High - diversity, inclusion and equal access to all is the company's core value. Photo: Wesley StoreyEverybody's got a story to telland their own way of telling it Developing a more diverse generation of theatre-makers with 20 Stories High. 06 June 2018
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