There, I've said it. Call me a grinch, but I've got a gut instinct on this and it is telling me that London doesn't need another theatre. Londoners are cultural by nature, in a city that's bursting at the seams with cultural opportunity, with some of the world's best museums, art galleries and yes, our thriving West End, we're spoilt for choice. So why are we still building new theatres and converting spaces into ...

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You would have been living under a rock to not have heard or read about the industry-wide event Theatre 2016 run by Bon Culture. Beyond the frustrations that myself and many artists had over the cost of a ticket (£345 + VAT), there have been serious concerns over the use of three West End venues that were not wheel-chair friendly for the whole event. A fair amount of the frustration has come down to the marketing of the ...

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With the release of the new Arts Council England's online portal for grant administration, wonderfully named Grantium (I would have loved to have been in the room when that was suggested), going online last month those of us who use the portal regularly have to now adapt to the new one. Fair do, the old one was slightly clunky and we're promised this new system will reduce the amount of paperwork and expenditure ACE has to ...

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I am currently producing for Snuff Box Theatre, a multi-award winning theatre company made up of Bryony Shanahan, Charlotte Josephine and Daniel Foxsmith. The company's new show, Weald will be playing at Finborough Theatre in February 2016 for four weeks in association with the Royal Exchange, Manchester and Neil McPherson at the Finborough Theatre. Having recently secured Arts Council England funding we are seeking an ...

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Shelter me - Circumference

As an independent theatre producer one thing you have to get used to is loneliness. Its something that they don't teach you and it is certainly one that doesn't get spoken about openly. Working independently takes a resilient person to make the most of it and whilst I may struggle at times to fight the loneliness here are some tips for making the most out of producing indendeantly:   1. Meet Other Producers Whether ...

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A Room For All Our Tomorrows

It wasn't easy growing up gay in a small town in Hertfordshire. Naturally school was the worst where showing the remotest sign of being different was a cause for torment. I remember distinctly when during one chemistry lesson a classmate denounced my bag that sported a Union Jack saying "You shouldn't be wearing that. Hitler had the right idea with the gas chambers; killing all the gays". Surrounded by such hatred it is any ...

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