An invitation from Jolie Booth, Theatre Producer
Mid-scale touring theatre is fighting for its life. It is struggling to find big audiences and is up against a rising tide of comedy, music and film events with many venues expecting to make a loss on their live theatre shows. Many regional theatres are council run but these local authorities are frequently grappling with other funding priorities which means outreach and development responsibilities have fallen on the shoulders of venue managers who are already at full stretch with the running of their buildings. Under this pressure it is no surprise that regional venues don’t talk to each other, that artists and buildings struggle to find common ground and that the long established and well known London theatres and companies grab all the headlines and most of the cash! If we don't do something about this soon then theatre in regional venues will become unsustainable and totally London-centric.
So, what are we going to do about it?
Can we find better ways to come together, to share voices, ideas and opinions?
Can we find new ways to increase capacity and get different audiences through the doors?
Are there successful transferrable models for outreach, inclusion and access?
Can regional theatres become embedded into the fabric of the community once more, in new and contemporary ways?
What can research do to demonstrate direct and measurable benefits of theatre, to show local authorities that their theatre is crucial to the overall well-being of their constituents?
How can comedy, music, film and theatre work together to become part of a sustainable, sustaining and richer offer?
These are some of the questions I have. I’d love to hear yours - whether you’re an artist, part of a venue, member of the audience.. Whether you’re devoted to your regional theatre or disgruntled by it.. Come along to share your ideas, dreams, problems and projects, and together we can work out how to keep our regional theatres alive.
I hope to see you there,
- See more at: http://www.devotedanddisgruntled.com/events/dd-satellite-regional/#sthash.EkZIdKAw.dpuf