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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. 
  • International perspectives on resilience with Yesplan Musikhuset Aarhus, Denmark - at nightAs an International supplier of cultural venue and event planning software systems, Yesplan's team around the globe share their observations on various approaches to better use of resources and general resilience. 05 April 2019
  • Big things happen in unlikely spaces: the dynamism of township theatre in the UK touring scene Anna Coombs.jpgBy Anna Coombs, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, Tangle 21 March 2019
  • How to Crowdfund Your Show Joana Nastari’s F-ck You Pay Me. Photo by Tyrone Barton-Robie.jpgKickstarter's new initiative, Performance: In Progress, helps theatre makers build momentum for shows in the Autumn 2019 season and make the most of crowd funding possibilities. Jessica Massart, Senior Performance Lead, Kickstarter explains how it works. 18 March 2019
  • Widening The Talent Pipeline Across The UK CCSkills_0994_©Briony_Campbell.jpgby Simon Dancey, CEO of Creative & Cultural Skills. The evidence shows that the UK's cultural sector is overwhelmingly white and middle class... if we continue to reinforce this picture and to exclude a large section or our community, as well as its values and potential, it will cost us and put the future of our industry at risk. 13 March 2019
  • Diversifying Theatre Leadership in Yorkshire ADF participants meeting Director Amy Leach in rehearsals for Hamlet. Photography by David Lindsay.jpgRobin Hawkes, Executive Director and Joint CEO of Leeds Playhouse, tells us why they are taking part in ADF's Board Shadowing programme. Dedicated to creating change where it matters the most - at leadership level. 06 March 2019
  • The Marketing Wiggly Woo The Marketing Wiggly Woo Blog ImageDawn Farrow, Founder and CEO of Boom explains the 'Wiggly Woo' campaign planning approach and to implement it. "Marketing is certainly not about a single poster design which you'll get to plaster on Out of Home sites with no requirement to report on ROI..." 01 March 2019
  • Meet the Board: Claire Murray Claire Murray. Photo by Maisie BurnClaire Murray is Communications and Fundraising Director at Sheffield Theatres and sits on UK Theatre's Board. 25 February 2019
  • Bridge the Gap: giving aspiring producers from under-represented backgrounds opportunities in commercial theatre Siobhan Walsh HeadshotStage One helps emerging theatre producers get firmly on the first rung of their careers by providing the skillset needed to make them ready for commercial theatre. Bridge the Gap is Stage One's new initiative that has been developed in order to specifically cater to those that they have identified as under-represented in Commercial Theatre. 11 February 2019
  • Inspiring the Audiences and Workforce of the Future Harriet UsherHarriet Usher, Senior Audience Development Manager, gives us the lowdown on Inspiring the Future of Theatre. What is it, why does it exist and how can you get involved? 04 February 2019
  • Career Ladder: Matthew Hale, Head of Visitor Experience (Southbank Centre) Matt Hale HeadshotMatthew Hale, Head of Visitor Experience at Southbank Centre, talks to us about his career. 16 January 2019
  • Creating Connections: Inspiring the Future of Theatre Michael SimkinsMichael Simkins gives us his take on some of the current campaigns aimed at inspiring the next generation of potential theatre makers. "Not everyone will want to go into showbiz, but by involving young people with live theatre we can nourish and enhance their personal confidence, imagination and self-worth, whatever their ultimate hopes or aspirations." 08 January 2019
  • Circus250 - The Year of Circus... #50DaysToGo Dea Birkett - Ringmaster - The Homecoming - Newcastle-under-LymeDea Birkett, Ringmaster of Circus250, gives us her round up of this extraordinary celebratory year of Circus. 03 December 2018
  • Focus on Freelancers Emma Beverley. Photo by Ndrika AnyikaIn 2019 freelancers will be close to forming 50% of the theatre workforce in the UK. "Whilst the myth may be that freelancing enables you to create your own working model, the fact is we are operating in a sector that has impenetrable structures and models that have been set by institutions." Read more from Emma Beverley, Independent Producer. 30 November 2018
  • I've started taking the bus, to keep up with Brexit Hannah GagenI've started taking the bus, to keep up with Brexit by Hannah Gagen, Advocacy Manager for UK Theatre and SOLT 07 November 2018
  • Meet the Board: Michèle Taylor Michele TaylorMeet 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
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