View Post

The art in every moment

In Features, Inspiring people, Opinion by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

This morning my colleague Jacqui and I hopped in another Hull taxi and, as I have each journey, I asked about Hull City of Culture. This time the conversation in the mirror from a gruff Hull accented granddad went in an unexpected route. To paraphrase…”Its OK, doesn’t do anything for our business, people walk, or get booked cabs from their hotel.” (predictable). “I don’t really do the arts.” (predictable).

View Post

Finding inspiration at the National Student Drama Festival

In Features, Festivals, Inspiring people, Opinion, Regional theatre by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

What do the Addams Family, Toyland murders, verbatim theatre on child pornography, fast turnaround arts journalism, and a three-hour course of creative producing have in common? The answer is Scarborough and the National Student Drama Festival. For the second year I was invited by Mountview to spend a day at the festival, meeting the next generation of theatremakers, and seeing some shows. It is inspiring, and I felt sad leaving so many shows and discussions unseen/unheard, as I return to my producing cohort in Wood Green.