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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. 
  • An Actor's View: The Edinburgh Festival - Michael Simkins Michael SimkinsThe 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 (Part 1): Measuring the Heart Rate of Audience Members at Shakespeare's Bloodiest Play Becky LoftusWhy 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 HeadshotAmanda 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 Sarah OgleEvery 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 Headshot.jpgJohn 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 Musical Director Dan De Cruz and his son Noah with childminder Vicky Smith at Mercury Theatre's creche"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 Jonathan GrossWhat 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 Cassandra Chadderton (4).jpgCassie 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) Poppy Burton-Morgan. Photo by Anna HammersleyHow 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 Alison KingFor 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 Mahmood RezaMeet the Trainer: Mahmood Reza 05 June 2017
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  • LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Finding a Common Ground Roddy Gauld Roddy Gauld, Chief Executive of Octagon Theatre in Bolton, tells us why effective engagement with local authorities takes time but it pays dividends. 31 May 2017
  • VENUES: WORKING WITH ARTISTS (part 2) Paula Varjack. Photo: Winta YohannesLast month we published part 1 of Paula Varjack's blog 'Venues: Working with Artists' looking at simple, practical ways that venues can help the artists they work with feel welcome, supported and connected. Part 2 of Paula's blog delves into tips on finance, collaboration, and artist and audience development. 22 May 2017
  • Making Touring Work: Caring responsibilities Anna and Cassie from PIPAPIPA reflect on solutions that may support parents/ carers to continue touring, inspired by UK Theatre's recent Touring Symposium as well as their ongoing Best Practice Research Project. 15 May 2017
  • Let's Drag Arts Ticketing into the Digital Age laptopWhy is the arts industry still dragging its feet when it comes to digital? Libby Penn, COO of Spektrix, looks at why arts professionals need to embrace digital and, she believes, make it our primary sales medium. 09 May 2017
  • Regional Theatre - Michael Simkins: An Actor's View Michael Simkins"In the febrile and myopic atmosphere of the central London, where the streets are thronged from 9 till 5 with actors ricocheting from meeting to meeting, and where an open Macbook seems to be a condition of entry to any coffee shop, regional theatre can seem a long way away....." 05 May 2017
  • In the Spotlight: The Actors' Children's Trust Actors' Childrens Trust (ACT) logoWe shine a light on the Actors' Childrens Trusts. After all, Noel Coward, Richard Attenborough, Marlene Dietrich, Ivor Novello, John Gielgud, Ellen Terry and Audrey Hepburn are just a few of the actors and theatre luminaries who have donated their time, energy and personal funds to the Actors' Children's Trust (ACT) over the past 120 years. So we wanted to find out more the important work of this charity, which still remains largely unknown in the industry. 02 May 2017
  • VENUES: WORKING WITH ARTISTS (part 1) Paula Varjack. Photo: Winta YohannesThe greatest desire many artists have is for raising fees, but that aside, there are still numerous other ways in which venues can better support the artists they work with. In the first of her two blogs on this topic, writer, filmmaker and performance maker, Paula Varjack explores practical ways you can help. 26 April 2017
  • Introducing a new Working with Local Authorities Resource Kit Hannah GagenAs many UK Theatre members continue to face the significant challenge of reduced or withdrawn Local Authority (LA) funding, this blog introduces UK Theatre's new Working With Local Authority resource kit. 20 April 2017
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