How do you write an Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants application? It's the golden question amongst artists and producers who rely upon support from ACE to make their work. Below you'll find some advice and top tips that I readily share with artists when thinking about applying for a grant from ACE. It's important to remember that, much like the title of the grant itself, the Project Grants scheme is ...

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August 19, 2020

A Producing Manifesto

When it feels like your industry is in crisis, and you start to question why you work as a theatre producer, its important to go back to basics. If there is one thing I've taken away from the Culture Reset programme its understanding your core principles and owning them. Here I want to outline what my producing manifesto is, now and for the future. Transparency Producing is often seen as a mystical process, ...

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Like many of my colleagues across theatre I am currently furloughed. With the news that this is being extended through the summer I want to return to something I have offered in previous years as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; Tea with Jake. It proved successful in previous years for me to meet those in the industry who may need a cup of tea to talk about whatever was on their mind. No agenda, just tea and a ...

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Last year I wrote a blogpost for Producers on how to survive the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but after a tweet and thread from Ava Davies, it got me thinking further about how to keep healthy during the largest arts festival in the world. Here are some suggestions for keeping on top of things. By no means an exhaustive list: Pace Yourself The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has a natural flow to it. During the the opening ...

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  As we approach another year of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the ink drying on the flyers, the cramped sweaty venues being erected and the bottom line of budgets steadily turning red, I thought we could all use some survival tips for producing at the chaos that is the Fringe. I've produced a number of shows and will be up again (plug: No Miracles Here by The Letter Room, Gutted by The Conker Group and Lists ...

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Snuff Box Theatre BLUSH

Inspired by Sarah Wilson’s recent blogpost on Learning to be a Producer, I wanted to write something that took in the year end without writing ‘here were my best theatre producing moments of 2016’. Instead here is a list of things I’ve learnt as a producer in 2016. Most of them are obvious, but there is no harm in a refresher. There’s even some tips on taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and some ...

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