Archive for the producing Category

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

Open Court, and presenting innovative work in risk-averse times

Posted in artist development, new writing, producing, venues on August 11, 2013 by danbaker83

The Royal Court’s Open Court Festival – a programme of work programmed, curated and developed by writers – saw a variety of different styles of work presented, in many ways different to what we have come to expect from the Court. Along with the change in the Bush Theatre’s submissions process to accept a wider range of work, two major new writing venues are showing a willingness to embrace the desires of writers to create the work they wish to, rather than that which venues traditionally programme. But will this lead to a change in the type of work produced, or will the safer, more traditional work win out in the end?

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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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Fringe-onomics: Assessing the National Minimum Wage ruling

Posted in producing on June 5, 2013 by danbaker83

The recent ruling regarding actors being entitled to the National Minimum Wage when working on Fringe productions has created a bit of a stir – with some people proclaiming that it will lead to “the death of the Fringe”.  Whilst the ruling is important in ensuring actors aren’t taken advantage of, reports of the Fringe’s death are greatly exaggerated.

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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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You Me Bum Bum Train – a bum deal for performers?

Posted in artist development, blogging, interactive work, producing on July 31, 2012 by danbaker83

Upon its return to the London scene as part of the London 2012 festival, You Me Bum Bum Train has again found itself being questioned about its reliance on large numbers of unpaid volunteers.  According to The Guardian, Equity is considering taking legal action against the company on the grounds that cast and crew are unpaid for a show which charges £20 a ticket.  But is the situation as black-and-white as it appears?

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Nurturing the blogging community (A response to Jake Orr)

Posted in artist development, blogging, journalism, producing on March 1, 2012 by danbaker83

A couple of weeks ago Jake Orr at A Younger Theatre asked why the UK theatre blogging community have fallen so silent – and referred to my own blog when pointing out the lack of consistency in posting.  It’s only fair that I offer up my own personal reasons for a lack of consistency – some of which I imagine also apply to other blog writers.

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