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. 
  • 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
  • Celebrating Colston Hall at 150 1873 Colston Hall exteriorOn Wednesday 20 September 2017 Colston Hall in Bristol turns 150 years old. The Hall has embraced challenge and change throughout its life and as Bristol Music Trust prepare for a £48.8m transformation of the Hall, they reflect on their history and look forward to the future. 20 September 2017
  • A Day in the Life...of Jerry Knight-Smith jerry knight-smithGet a glimpse into the realities of being a Casting Director as we follow a day in the life of Jerry Knight-Smith, Head Of Casting & Associate Director at the Royal Exchange Manchester. 15 September 2017
  • Putting culture at heart of the right local partnerships Heart of Glass Events. Photo © Stephen KingPaul Bristow, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Arts Council England on putting culture at heart of the right local partnerships. (This blog forms part of our Local Authorities toolkit.) 11 September 2017
  • Career Ladder: Ian Wilson Ian Wilson. Photo Credit: Aaron McCracken/HarrisonsChief Executive of the Grand Opera House Belfast, Ian Wilson, talks to us about his career to date and shares his life lessons. 06 September 2017
  • Career Ladder: Jackie Wylie Jackie Wylie (credit Christopher Bowen)Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, Jack Wylie, talks to us about her career to date and shares her life lessons. 25 August 2017
  • UK Theatre Award Winners: Northern Stage Edinburgh Volunteers - Northern Stage (002).jpg"It was important, both internally and externally, that what we achieve through touring is recognised as something really quite accept a bit of external validation from industry colleagues for our work has certainly helped us as an organisation". At the 2016 the UK Theatre Awards, Northern Stage proudly won the Rennee Stepham Award for Best Presentation of Touring Theatre. Find out from Executive Director Kate Denby why they applied and what winning meant to them. 18 August 2017
  • Theatre Security So What's Changing? SQR Group LogoOver the past 18 months the training needs of theatres and entertainment venues has changed. Why is this? And what can we do about it? SQR Security Solutions Ltd. give us their top tips for running a #SAFERtheatre.. 14 August 2017
  • UK Theatre Award Winner: The Mill at Sonning, 2016's Most Welcoming Theatre SD-1460-UKTA-Welcoming-Theatre-logo-square-RGB-400.jpgSally Hughes, MD of The Mill at Sonning, tells us what winning the UK's Most Welcoming Theatre Award meant to her and her team and what impact winning the coveted UK Theatre Award has had on the theatre. 08 August 2017
  • UK Theatre Award Winners: Promotion of Diversity Cathy Tyson Debra Michaels  Karlina Grace Paseda - Red Snapper - Photo Credit Robert Day (002).jpg"Uncovering All the Tiles of the Mosaic Reveals a Bigger Picture" by Justine Themen, Associate Director of Belgrade Theatre. 07 August 2017
  • 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
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