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Developing an independent theatre scene

Posted in artist development, networking, producing on January 3, 2014 by danbaker83

How does a revolution start? Is restlessness and a desire to challenge the status quo enough to inspire people into action? And how is momentum maintained and built upon?

In 2013, Plymouth bid to be the 2017 City of Culture. As we all know now, the bid was unsuccessful as Hull won the honour – and deservedly so, with a strong bid and a real sense that the city was working together to celebrate its heritage and current cultural offer – and Plymouth returned to its status as a city with ‘potential’. But a big concern from myself and many of my peers working independently in the arts within the city was that there seemed to be a lack of consultation of those of use striving to make work here. Continue reading

Resisting the call of the Edinburgh Fringe

Posted in artist development, festival, networking, producing on July 29, 2013 by danbaker83

Flyering in the rain - an oft-familiar sight

So, it’s that time of the year when thousands upon thousands of “pathologically self-absorbed bastards” descend on Edinburgh for the festival season. Normally I’d be heading north, or at least making plans to; this year, however, I won’t be making the journey. Considering the last time I headed up I ended up sleeping on a park bench, I’m kinda glad that I’ve decided to forgo the festivities this year.

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Risking Together – Developing work in a regional setting

Posted in artist development, networking, producing, venues on September 25, 2012 by danbaker83

Working in a regional setting can often be a difficult scenario for artists; with so much focus on London within the arts, it can feel like there is a lack of support and resources for those who are not working in the capital.  But with the arts scenes in these areas being potentially less competitive and saturated, should we be doing more to support the development of regional work?

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Falling Headlong – and how we can make theatre trailers work

Posted in digital, journalism, networking, new writing on April 30, 2012 by danbaker83

Headlong recently released the trailer for their upcoming season; a glitzy, sharp looking affair which is in many people’s eyes a piece of art in itself.  However, within all the fanfare regarding its high production values has been a sense that the trailer has been embraced as some type of cause celebré as far as theatre’s relationship with social media is concerned.  Is this fair on Headlong, and does this undermine what they are trying to achieve?

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2012 – It’s Not All Doom and Gloom

Posted in artist development, funding, networking, producing, venues on January 6, 2012 by danbaker83

So, welcome to 2012 – if you believe the fear-mongers, it’s the year the arts in Britain will come to an end.  Perhaps the Mayan prophecy was just misinterpreted, and instead of the actual end of days we’re looking at an arts apocalypse?

Well, if you ask me it’s not all doom and gloom.  Yes, there are things happening this year which will bring about their own set of negative repercussions – be it the impact of funding cuts really beginning to take hold or the Olympics supposedly seeing West End theatres struggling to fill seats – but this should not be the time for introspection and negativity; instead the arts need to respond in a positive way and show the world just how important they are to this country.

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Pulling Together

Posted in artist development, networking, producing on September 7, 2011 by danbaker83

Originally written for ArtsProfessional

One of the great things about the arts is that there seems to be a genuine sense of people really supporting each other in their work; far from it being a competitive environment, plenty of people genuinely want their peers to succeed.  Constantly working under limitations means the support offered by others is invaluable.

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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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