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Creative Producing – tautology and balancing act

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An update from my last blog as promised…. After a provocative discussion with writers, producers and directors yesterday at Mountview, joined by the eminent David Glass, I am more convinced than ever of the need to continue with the rather , some would say unnecessary, tautological name for our Mountview course – the MA in Creative Producing. The gathering came at our invitation following a heated but respectful debate on Facebook between, creative produce, Daisy Hale and director David on the state of the world and the role of the producer.

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Has theatre changed since the 1960s? Creating, producing and “shipping it out”

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Rather a busy theatre going week last week with The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist at Bussey Building in Peckham,  as part of Townsend Productions two play residency + a post show inspirational session from the author Stephen Lowe; First Lady Suite by Michael John LaChuisa given a stylish new production by Matt Ryan, Lee Newby and […]

Understanding another human – before its too late

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Yesterday I was part of a small group of friends and family sharing part of the last journey of a mother, niece, sister, partner, wise woman, and friend. We gathered in a circle in Wiltshire, lit by candles within the ancient design of a Long Barrow to offer thoughts and thanks to Trinda. She had had the advantage of knowing she was dying, and being able to prepare her last wishes. Her daughter had had the opportunity of spending a final year with her mother through the tears, pain, joy, and challenge. They had both prepared for this final journey which her daughter is making from Australia, through England, and onward to a final wind swept joyful ancient place in Ireland.

The Curious Mind of TourettesHero

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On Saturday Kath and I had the joy of seeing Jess, TourettesHero, Chopin, and Leftwing Idiot at Soho Theatre on the last stage of their BAC supported run at the Barbican/Soho with Backstage in Biscuitland. For anyone who has never seen this show, you can catch it this week in Sweden, but if you are in […]

What’s the audience’s role in performance?

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This week I have been exploring the world of definitions in the arts, and the expectations we have when we choose one way of looking at an artform or particular aspect of the arts from another.

I work in theatre (with or without a 4th wall) and my understanding of the role of the audience is that it is the missing element which brings a performance alive – whether through its laughter or tears, or its direct interactions with the character. For me, without some form of interaction, the art is left the same as when it was on the page, or alone on a gallery wall.

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Creativity and the Curious Mind

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“Non creative behavior is learned”, so started a lecture last night on Creativity and the Curious Mind by director/teacher Matthew Smith to a packed audience of post-graduate students at Mountview. We begin lives infinitely curious and use creativity to express almost everything we think and feel and do. Contemporary schooling then teaches us one thing […]

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A busy and buzzy August update list

In Edinburgh Festival, Features, Festivals, Inspiring people, Musicals, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Reviews, Scotland by Chris GradyLeave a Comment

My last blog was 6th August and so I am offering two catch-ups. The first is a celebration list of all that I have done and seen since then. August is full of critical commentary and noise for anyone involved in Edinburgh or Tète â Tète or any of the amazing festivals, and some years […]

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Birthing New Work

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There’s an immense fragility in making work, for many artists. For others it may appear impossible, and they want to wait for someone to invite them in so they can perform or strut their stuff. My sense is that, nowadays, there is an advantage for any creative who is willing to contemplate birthing their own work.

Revealing yourself with care

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This week has been a mix of preparing papers to run the MA in Creative Producing at Mountview, taking on the co-ordination of the Producers’ Pool network, re-editing my own book “Your Life in Theatre” and going to celebrate the launch of Alison Goldie’s “The Improv Book” published by Oberon Books. I’m really enjoying understanding […]

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Yes No Maybe

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Three things this week have reminded me of the very powerful, and very important, trust exercise which is called “Yes No Maybe”. It is used to start many couples and group work – in drama or life – where it is important to signal when you are comfortable with a developing connection. “Yes”, spoken clearly, […]

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Dance audiences – everyone prepared to be surprised

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Any medium scale regional theatre programmer with an interest in finding a local audience for modern dance would have been green with envy if they had joined me and hundreds of others to see new pieces by Ghislaine Doté, Alesandra Seutin and Andrea Queens in London this weekend. It was a packed attentive audience from 4 to 80 years old, families, culturally diverse, and I suspect, representative of the community mix of the area, watching new contemporary work by unfamiliar choreographers. The secret…

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The Arts is a Serious Business

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Have you ever stood up to do a talk, or been introduced to a business “suit”, and known that they don’t really take you seriously as a business leader. Even worse, have you sat with your Board (as I have) and heard them talking about business as if you were the fluffiest kid on the block, and shouldn’t be trusted with figures. But then at the year end, after you work flat out to deliver accounts that make sense to your esteemed Board members, any question is couched in the style of “why didn’t you fix it”. Well I think I’ve come up with a solution thanks to 4N Networking.