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.
Over the last few months I have moved so much of my life and work online, often using Zoom, as so many of us have. Yesterday someone decided I should now call myself a Zj…which sounds fun.
It is a strange time to predict a new world. But I hope that the planned Diploma in Creative Producing will come at the right time for a re-emergence of creative practitioners across the globe.
As River In The Sky opens at The Hope Theatre for three weeks, Lindsey Cross and Howard Horner, who play Ellie and Jack, talk about their experiences during rehearsals and what it means to show this new play about dealing with grief to an audience. Book your tickets now!
An unusual first Brighton performance and a keepsake perfect for a storyteller; as she brings Mary Blandy’s Gallows Tree to Brighton Fringe, Lita Doolan tells us about her love for the Brighton Fringe. Read on, then book your tickets.
My recommendation to any theatre producer and creative reading this is grab any opportunity to make these kind of trips. Open your eyes to everything that you see.
I am bemused. Last night I was at a show which has been an immense hit in its lifetime and has been described as masterful by the press.
So along with my declared New Year’s Resolution to see at least one piece of theatre in Scotland every two weeks, I will also try wherever I can to say “yes” to the unexpected.
I’m a coach with years of experience of helping others to set achievable goals, so I know how to do it. Tonight I decided to ensure I saw an average of one theatre show a week across the Scottish professional scene (excluding the Edinburgh Fringe) for 2019. Easy. Just do it.
My challenge is to bring an opportunity to British playwrights who have a play which deserves to be published and licensed around the world.
This weekend I was part of an extraordinary workshop which was a first of its kind in Europe, or so I am told. A chance to work on the consciousness explorations of Patricia Albere developed in her practice and her book.
As I get older I network less. As I look out of my view across the Firth of Forth from my tiny office window, I don’t get the urge to go to the membership meetings and first nights which are out there for me to attend (and I can’t afford to).
This week I was turned down by the Arts Council for a project I have been nurturing for three years. I clearly did not manage to capture the imagination of the assessors.
Time to get the word around that I am a coach – and then the most wonderful email dropped in my inbox from a past client as they tried to describe me to another person:
I’m really tired this week, and it has taken a while for me to realise (or maybe remember) this particular freelance syndrome which I get when a certain mix of situations arise. Anyone get the same feeling? Let me explain.
It has been quite a week with two significant celebrations – my coming of bus-pass age and celebrating the wedding of my daughter Anna to her amazing partner Jonny – who live on a Dutch Barge named Nancy when not on honeymoon.
For the first time in 30 years, I am a resident of the Edinburgh area, hopping on the bus or train to travel the 30 minutes from my home to visit the other-worldliness which is Edinburgh in August. And then going home again with glorious first-day memories.
If I have learned anything in my six years with Mountview, and four years of that conceiving, championing and teaching the MA in Creative Producing, it is that the title “creative producer” needs to be kept.
It is my last job of work for Mountview after six years with the school – helping the 12 producers on this year’s MA find their way to the end of the seven-week Catalyst Festival.
There is money out there to make projects happen. There are people with phenomenal expertise out there who can help. If you are interested in them, and what they are doing, and why they might want to work with you – then (in most cases) you will be rewarded.