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.
- 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
- 5 tips for cyber security
5 tips for cyber security
05 June 2017
- Meet the Trainer: Mahmood Reza
Meet the Trainer: Mahmood Reza
05 June 2017
- LOCAL AUTHORITIES: Finding a Common Ground
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)
Last 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
PIPA 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
Why 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
"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
We 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)
The 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
As 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
A 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
In 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
Matthew 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
In 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
Are 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
"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
"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