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PRODUCING HUBS

PRODUCING HUBS For a very long time yours truly has been frustrated, and not a little annoyed, that a large amount of theatrical, creative (so basically the arts ) power has lain at the doors of so few organisations, predominantly those who receive funding from either...

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EVERYTHING IS WORTH WHAT ITS PURCHASER WILL PAY FOR IT

EVERYTHING IS WORTH WHAT ITS PURCHASER WILL PAY FOR IT

EVERYTHING IS WORTH WHAT ITS PURCHASER WILL PAY FOR IT What is art worth? A question I would constantly ask my students when teaching my foundation degree. Well, I would say, “Everything is worth what its purchaser will pay for it.” Not a saying from a modern day...

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BRIGHTON – NOT SILICON VALLEY

BRIGHTON – NOT SILICON VALLEY

BRIGHTON, NOT SILICON VALLEY In the last blog we looked at “virtual” meetings between performers and their supporters / fans / audiences etc. We heard of “after show” Q + A’s where cast members sat in front of a laptop and answered questions from audience members. And...

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ART IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

ART IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

ART IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER We all love art, whether it’s fine art, ballet, opera, theatre, cinema, puppetry or circus. And of course any trip to watch / look at a piece of art will have an effect on you. Yours truly went to see the film “Three Colours – Blue”...

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DIGITAL FRIEND OR FOE

DIGITAL FRIEND OR FOE

DIGITAL, FRIEND OR FOE There are occasions in the arts where digital is seen to be a good replacement for live performance. Live broadcasts being one. Can you replicate reality via a screen? I have a feeling the jury might be out for a long while on that one. There...

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DIVERSITY (again)

DIVERSITY (again)

DIVERSITY (AGAIN) According to Arts Professional, London’s creative sector “has failed to diversify its workforce”, with a report (Culture Club by think tank Centre for London) claiming 16% of employees in music, performing and visual arts come from a black, Asian and...

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FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION – TRUTH OR FICTION

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION – TRUTH OR FICTION

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Three years ago, Vladimir Shcherban, Natalia Kaliada and Nicolai Khalezin, all part of the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), became political exiles from their home country. They found themselves homeless in London.. At the time, the future of BFT was...

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IS A LIVE RECORDING REALLY LIVE THEATRE

IS A LIVE RECORDING REALLY LIVE THEATRE

IS A LIVE RECORDING REALLY LIVE THEATRE? According to Arts Professional “Netflix is exploring a foray into filmed theatre productions as it announces it will adapt its first stage play this year to be screened live. The move may signal a wider expansion by the...

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A BUSY NEW YEAR START TO 2019

A BUSY NEW YEAR START TO 2019

A BUSY NEW YEAR START TO 2019 The beginning of 2019 always was always going to be a busy start for yours truly. We were booked to perform our play “FREAK” at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden from 3rd - 5th January. Which in itself presented a few problems. Would people...

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A MIXED BAG THIS MONTH

A MIXED BAG THIS MONTH

A MIXED BAG THIS MONTH   A mixed bag this month starting with music. Throughout the world, improvements in medicine, hygiene and nutrition have led to much longer life expectancies. However, it has placed greater strains than ever before on the social systems that...

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RISKY WORK

RISKY WORK

RISKY WORK Ratchet Theatre, which I help to run, was set up to produce slightly more “risky” drama work. We are also currently producing a performance piece whereby we set up a life drawing class with three naked models on a theatre stage. Interesting dynamics and...

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ADDING THE ARTS ON TO SCHOOL DAYS

ADDING THE ARTS ON TO SCHOOL DAYS

ADDING THE ARTS ONTO SCHOOL DAYS DOES NOT MAKE THEM ACCESSIBLE A recent headline in The Stage stated: “Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright has announced Arts organisations and schools across England will be brought together through a new £5m scheme aimed at increasing...

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CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING

CONTEXT IS EVERYTHING .....   According to Oxford Dictionaries context means: “The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood”. Or, in very simple terms, the time, space and circumstances that...

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LOCAL ARTS CENTRES

LOCAL ARTS CENTRES

LOCAL ARTS CENTRES .....   The arts are, and have always been, intangible. Paintings and 3D objects could be deemed to be exceptions but then added value is pure intangibility. A painting could be said to be worth £5 for the frame, another £5 for the paint and £3 for...

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