Archive for June, 2011

The Blog List

Posted in blogging on June 24, 2011 by danbaker83

Having recently attended Improbable’s Devoted and Disgruntled satellite session regarding theatre criticism (hosted by The Guardian’s Lyn Gardner and A Younger Theatre’s Jake Orr) I was keen to read more theatre blogs – with the question being raised in the build-up to the event about the difference between reviewing and criticism, I thought it would be interesting to try and discover a wider range of blogs to see for myself what people are writing about.

I already feature a blog-roll (in the right-hand column of this page) which features a list of people who I already read, but I was keen to open myself up to reading people I would not necessarily have discovered myself – with so many voices online covering various topics and incorporating various styles, it’s difficult to know where to begin.  It’s impossible to have a comprehensive list of blogs, but the benefit of social media is that allows you access to huge numbers of people in ways which can benefit you at times you are looking for advice and information.

So, I put a call-out at on Twitter – asking people to post links to their blogs appended with the hashtag #theatreblog.  Below are the responses I’ve had, with Twitter handles below of who suggested them (not necessarily those who run them!) – dive in and read some of them:

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NY/LON Threads

Posted in networking, producing on June 21, 2011 by danbaker83

Originally written for ArtsProfessional

Having recently spent a week in New York – taking part in the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange organised by Old Vic New Voices – I’ve been thinking more about international collaboration between the US and UK.  Living and working in a cosmopolitan city such as London sees various nationalities come together frequently to create work – but how can we find ways to work across theAtlantic?

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A Design for Life

Posted in artist development, networking, producing on June 17, 2011 by danbaker83

My recent time in New York opened my eyes to a lot of different ways of thinking, and flagged up some big differences between the ways we collaborate in the UK from how they do in the US. One of the main differences which stood out – and something which I’ve often questioned myself – is how designers seem to be considered a much more crucial component of theatre making on the other side of the Atlantic. It begs the question – why are we not collaborating with designers at an early stage in the creative process?

For years I’ve been fascinated with the work of designers in theatre, and how much good design can enhance a production – from early theatre visits to see work by the likes of Complicite and Kneehigh, I was struck with just how much the visual and aural elements added to each piece. Seeing how the likes of Ultz, Miriam Buether, Jo Scotcher and Laura Hopkins are being increasingly recognised for the quality of their work – not to mention the lighting and sound design by artists such as James Farncombe, Adrienne Quartly and Malcolm Rippeth – is heartening, but being already established is a somewhat luxurious position to be in; so, how do we support the development of emerging designers, and get them the recognition so many of them deserve?

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