UK Theatre Blog

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. 
  • 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Resource Kit Hannah GagenAs many UK Theatre members continue to face the significant challenge of reduced or withdrawn Local Authority (LA) funding, this blog introduces UK Theatre's new Working With Local Authority resource kit. 20 April 2017
  • The Ethics of Budgeting Poppy Burton-Morgan. Photo by Anna HammersleyA provocation to anyone with budgetary decision making power. Poppy Burton-Morgan (Metta Theatre) asks producers, those in control of the physical resources of a production, what are the ethical considerations in budgeting? 18 April 2017
  • Going Places: Deborah Sawyerr Deborah SawyerrIn Autumn 2016 Deborah Sawyerr left The Bush Theatre to become Executive Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East. We chatted to Deborah about how she's settling in, the ups and downs of her new role, and how they are working to make Theatre Royal Stratford East a place where audiences can say, There is something there for me. 10 April 2017
  • What I've Learnt: Becoming an 'Artisan Producer' - Mr Bugg Presents Miss Nightingale the Musical. Photo: www.boneshakerphotography.comMatthew Bugg (Mr Bugg Presents) tells us why he considers himself an 'Artisan Producer' ahead of the 8 week London run of his musical 'Miss Nightingale'. 30 March 2017
  • Learning by Doing: Live to Digital - A Guide by Marcus Romer Marcus RomerIn 2016 UK Theatre and SOLT committed to producing a piece of guidance for those looking to develop a live-to-digital offer. We turned to Marcus Romer, long-time digital innovator and practitioner to write this guide. Here Marcus explains how he drew on first hand experience to make this happen. 27 March 2017
  • Data Sharing: Simple Steps with Spektrix Spektrix logo.jpgAre you paying enough attention to how you get your customers to sign up to mailing lists and agree to share their data? 15 March 2017
  • Career Ladder: Gemma Bodinetz Gemma Bodinetzby Sane Seven"I look back and think I was always a director in the making." We follow the career path of Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Theatres, a UK Theatre members organisation for the past 5 years. 09 March 2017
  • Fun Palaces: Making Everyone an Artist Stella Duffy Headshot"That sense of ownership, of a community having a stake in theatre, is vital, not just for the future of the arts, but for art itself". Stella Duffy on Fun Palaces, why we need them and how they work. 06 March 2017
  • The State of Fundraising in the Theatre Sector Amanda RigaliWhat can the Private Investment in Culture Survey tell us about the state of fundraising in the theatre sector? Amanda Rigali (Director, Strategic Development at Cause4) shares her insights. 01 March 2017
  • SAFERtheatre Campaign Phillip Brown.jpgSAFERTheatre: to promote, improve and maintain health and safety standards within our industry. New member benefits launched. 23 February 2017
  • What I've Learnt: Family Matters Jenny DalyWith the Family Arts Campaign now in its fifth year and ahead of the Family Arts Conference on 15 March, we speak with Jenny Daly, Family Arts Campaign Manager, to find out a bit more about why she believes, 'Family Matters'. 15 February 2017
  • Accessible Ticketing Jonathan Brown If you care about equality and have any influence over how tickets are sold for your venue, please read on. 06 February 2017
  • Career Ladder: Sarah Holmes Sarah Holmes (Photo: Mike Kwasniak)Diversity champion, the force behind Ramps on The Moon, and CEO of The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Sarah Holmes talks to us about her career to date and what's getting her excited. 01 February 2017
  • One Year On - Cassie Chadderton Cassandra Chadderton (4).jpgHead of UK Theatre & Membership Development, Cassie Chadderton, tells us about her first year in post. 26 January 2017
  • SAFERTheatre: Improving workplace health Phillip Brown.bmpPhillip Brown (Head of Risk & Technical) reflects on the importance of taking care of our health and well-being within the industry as UK Theatre and SOLT launch the SAFERtheatre campaign. 18 January 2017
  • How to Combat Secondary Ticketing tickets tickets tickets.JPGJonathan Brown, Chief Executive of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) explores measures to combat the secondary ticketing market. 17 January 2017
  • Through the Box Office Window Jonathan Brown Jonathan Brown gives us the latest on plans to introduce an apprenticeship for the ticketing profession 12 January 2017
  • What I've Learnt: Time for Change Stephanie Street (credit Valéry Schatz)Stephanie Street, actor, playwright and co-founder and trustee of the Act for Change campaign tells us why there's no place for the status quo. 05 January 2017
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