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‘We were involved in decisions’: Chris Grady pays tribute to influential theatre manager Gordon Stratford

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

What made theatre manager Gordon Stratford special for me, as a boss, was his passion for the theatre, his quick understanding of potential audiences, and his willingness to give his marketing team the chance to challenge him on proposed prices, deals, and even show choices.

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How to find the energy we need in our industry to move forward

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I was talking with a client yesterday, who is a theatre-maker and wanting, like so many, to get back in front of a live audience and to work close with fellow creatives to make work happen. We decided to focus on a few areas – not least because we have no idea how long we are going to be in the current state of lockdown and reliance on digital platforms.

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‘At the darkest moments I have to believe there is a future for our industry’: Why the arts are viable

In Features, Inspiring people, London theatre, Musicals, Online shows, Opinion, Plays, Quotes, Regional theatre, Scotland by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

At the darkest moments I have to believe there is a future for our industry. I have to believe we will defy our government and prove to be viable. I absolutely believe the way that this will happen is through the invention and enterprising energy of creative producers making stuff happen.

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‘We have to do something else indefinitely but keep the keys to the building & look after them’: Royal Lyceum artistic director & playwright David Greig in Edinburgh

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The more you think about the invitation to the audience – as you say ‘come, be blocked off behind screens, we will spray you and present shows where actors stand apart, and we will try to encourage you not to sing along’, it’s like an anti-theatre.