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.
- Celebrating Colston Hall at 150
On Wednesday 20 September 2017 Colston Hall in Bristol turns 150 years old. The Hall has embraced challenge and change throughout its life and as Bristol Music Trust prepare for a £48.8m transformation of the Hall, they reflect on their history and look forward to the future.
20 September 2017
- A Day in the Life...of Jerry Knight-Smith
Get a glimpse into the realities of being a Casting Director as we follow a day in the life of Jerry Knight-Smith, Head Of Casting & Associate Director at the Royal Exchange Manchester.
15 September 2017
- Putting culture at heart of the right local partnerships
Paul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England on putting culture at heart of the right local partnerships. (This blog forms part of our Local Authorities toolkit.)
11 September 2017
- Career Ladder: Ian Wilson
Chief Executive of the Grand Opera House Belfast, Ian Wilson, talks to us about his career to date and shares his life lessons.
06 September 2017
- Career Ladder: Jackie Wylie
Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, Jack Wylie, talks to us about her career to date and shares her life lessons.
25 August 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winners: Northern Stage
"It was important, both internally and externally, that what we achieve through touring is recognised as something really quite special...to accept a bit of external validation from industry colleagues for our work has certainly helped us as an organisation". At the 2016 the UK Theatre Awards, Northern Stage proudly won the Rennee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre. Find out from Executive Director Kate Denby why they applied and what winning meant to them.
18 August 2017
- Theatre Security So What's Changing?
Over the past 18 months the training needs of theatres and entertainment venues has changed. Why is this? And what can we do about it? SQR Security Solutions Ltd. give us their top tips for running a #SAFERtheatre..
14 August 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winner: The Mill at Sonning, 2016's Most Welcoming Theatre
Sally Hughes, MD of The Mill at Sonning, tells us what winning the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award meant to her and her team and what impact winning the coveted UK Theatre Award has had on the theatre.
08 August 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winners: Promotion of Diversity
"Uncovering All the Tiles of the Mosaic Reveals a Bigger Picture" by Justine Themen, Associate Director of Belgrade Theatre.
07 August 2017
- An Actor's View: The Edinburgh Festival - Michael Simkins
The fringe at Edinburgh is nowadays bigger and better than ever but with so much competition what does that mean for producers, performers and public? A gateway to fame and fortune, or a convivial and absorbing way of losing a few hundred quid? Michael Simkins reflects on the highs and lows of this world famous festival.
04 August 2017
- Project Titus: Measuring the Heart Rate of Audience Members at Shakespeare's Bloodiest Play
Why and how are the RSC measuring theatre and cinemagoers emotional response to one of Shakespeare's most shocking plays? Becky Loftus, Head of Audience Insight at the RSC tells us more...
01 August 2017
- A Day in the Life: Amanda Huxtable
Amanda Huxtable is a theatre maker based at Hull Truck theatre and is part of the Change Maker programme.
21 July 2017
- Arts Marketing: Top 10 Tips
Every day we're bombarded with thousands of messages and ideas from the instant we wake up, turn the radio on and scroll through our social media channels to the moment our eyes shut at bedtime. So how do you begin to grab attention for your theatre, your show or event?
17 July 2017
- UK Theatre Award Winners: The Herbal Bed
John Manning, Producer at Northampton's Royal & Derngate, tells us how their co-production of The Herbal Bed with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston came about and what winning the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Best Touring Production meant to them.
12 July 2017
- Opening doors: Ensuring parents can access employment in the performing arts
"For our latest round of open auditions I was keen to ensure parents felt able to take part so what better way than to introduce a crèche?" Daniel Buckroyd, Artistic Director of the Mercury Theatre tells us more about the Mercury Theatre's pilot scheme and why it was needed.
12 July 2017
- Towards Cultural Democracy: New Approaches to Cultural Opportunity
What does cultural opportunity consist of? Jonathan Gross and his colleagues at King's College London have been conducting research alongside the Get Creative campaign in an attempt to open up possibilities for how theatres and other cultural organisations might approach their social and creative missions.
10 July 2017
- Theatre Workforce Research: Building on the Evidence
Cassie Chadderton (Head of UK Theatre) lays out next steps following last week's publication of the Theatre Workforce Review.
30 June 2017
- Overcoming barriers to fundraising (if you're not born/raised in privilege)
How do we address the inequalities and lack of representation (diversity) within our sector when funding systems often help perpetuate those inequalities? Poppy Burton-Morgan gives us her view.
23 June 2017
- What I've Learnt: Access to the Arts
For the last 27 years Turtle Key Arts has been working with people with disabilities and providing creative opportunities for those that would not otherwise have access to the arts.
15 June 2017
- Meet the Trainer: Mahmood Reza
Meet the Trainer: Mahmood Reza
05 June 2017