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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. 
  • Run Away to the Circus NoFit State, Bianco presented by Appetite © Andrew Billingtonby Theresa Heskins, Artistic Director of the New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, one of the six 'Cities of Circus' 2018. 19 January 2018
  • Walking the Wobbly Lines: Encouraging safe and supportive working practices in theatre Cassandra Chadderton (4).jpgby Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre. 11 January 2018
  • Top Ten tips for Managing Volunteers Sandra Lyne Timbrell As volunteering changes, so does the expectations of those giving up their time. So, how do you ensure you can get the best out of, and for your volunteers? Sandra Lynes Timbrell, Head of Visitor Experience at Shakespeare's Globe shares her thoughts. 09 January 2018
  • Mind the Gap: Theatre Group for the Over 60s Mind the Gap Performance, March 2017. Image: Byron Gallagher How the Mind the Gap theatre group for the over 60s helps Salisbury Playhouse cater for all 03 January 2018
  • Opportunities: Disability and Art Laura Schofield and Roseanna Brear - Bunker Theatre, LondonA blog by Hannah Treadaway, Theatre Director and Playwright, for UK Theatre to mark Disability History Month's 2017 focus on Disability & Art 21 December 2017
  • Perspectives: Disability and Art Deborah Williams portrait headshotA blog by Deborah Williams for UK Theatre to mark Disability History Month's 2017 focus on Disability & Art 19 December 2017
  • Career Ladder: Head of Marketing and Communications Emily Clarke_image by Andrew Billington.jpgEmily Clarke, Head of Marketing and Communications at the New Vic Theatre Newcastle-under-Lyme, talks to us about her career and life lessons. 14 December 2017
  • ProFile: Championing D/deaf and Disabled Performers ProFile ScreenshotIn October 2017, the NT and Spotlight launched ProFile an online video database of d/Deaf and disabled actors for the use of casting directors, directors and other industry professionals across the UK film, theatre and TV industries. ProFile is a free service both for actors and for industry users, and its aim is to champion this group of actors within the industry and to help increase their representation on our screens and stages. 11 December 2017
  • Your Toolkit for the Frontline Tessitura Network logo - 2016 (002)Cross-departmental collaboration is vital to the success of thriving arts organisations. Read Tessitura's tips on how we can all use the tools we already have (or are free) to help connect different teams across your whole business. 24 November 2017
  • No pay / low pay...but what's the real cost? Michael SimkinsMichael Simkins on the problem of poor pay and workforce exploitation in the arts. 20 November 2017
  • Why I stopped making 'art' and started making 'shows' Poppy Burton-Morgan. Photo by Anna HammersleyPoppy Burton-Morgan on the different language used in commercial vs. subsidised theatre and the impact it can have on the success of work. 13 November 2017
  • The Unsung Heroes of Arts Funding- Hearts for the Arts Awards hearts for the arts logoAfter a successful first year the Hearts for the Arts Awards are back, to recognise those local authorities from across the UK who invest the most in the joy, excitement and life-enriching quality of the arts. 06 November 2017
  • Fundraising: Think ethics - think values Michelle Wright As we start to consider how to stimulate new fundraising and corporate sponsorship for the arts in this increased regulatory climate, Michelle Wright (Founder and CEO of fundraising and development enterprise Cause4 and Programme Director of the Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy Programme) turns her attention to the question of ethics. 01 November 2017
  • The Importance of Having a CRM Strategy Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: John Wildgoose Helen Dunnett on why having a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) strategy in place is becoming ever more urgent and how she worked with Shakespeare's Globe to achieve this. 30 October 2017
  • Why Mentoring Matters Mentor Blog - coffeeAmy Smith, General Manager at Spare Tyre, tells us how mentoring nurtured her confidence allowing her to continue on the right career after becoming a new parent. 27 October 2017
  • An exploration of Motion Capture Technology in Theatre Laura Doye, Artistic Director New Theatre Royal Laura Doye, Creative Director of New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth discuss plans for the Creative Technology Gateway, exploring Motion Capture Technology in theatre. 18 October 2017
  • (ONLINE) TICKETS FOR ALL! Jonathan Brown STAR's Accessible Ticketing Guide aims to help ticket sellers and venues consider all the issues and work towards solutions that enable disabled people to be able to book online. 11 October 2017
  • Combating Social Isolation: CFT's Buddies Scheme Louise Rigglesford Louise Rigglesford, Community Partnerships Manager at Chichester Festival Theatre, introduces the CFT Buddies scheme. 06 October 2017
  • Practice Makes Perfect...Management Ruth Eastwood Headshot - Grand Theatre Blackpool How many of us excel in a junior post and then, because we're good at that, are offered promotion and suddenly find ourselves managing people? Being a manager is a role. And like any role in theatre or the arts, it benefits from rehearsal (or practise, as you might say). 02 October 2017
  • It's Not Just fun, It's Transformational - The Fun Palace Movement Crucible Theatre, Sheffield - Fun Palace (Photo: Chris Saunders)Sheffield Theatres' Communications and Fundraising Director, Claire Murray, explains why their annual Fun Palace has become such an important part of the year, transforming the way they think and work. 27 September 2017
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