Tag: theatre

Theatre and community

It’s been a while since I last added anything here, partly because I’ve been meeting artists whose work is supported through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Central Asia. As ever, I came back inspired by what people do in… Read More

Owning your language

This week has been spent at arts conferences and training days in different parts of the country. Each was rich in ideas and shared experience. In Devon, North Yorkshire, London and Cardiff, I met many gifted, passionate and inspiring people. I came… Read More

Extending access in Norfolk

The view from London Last week, Sajid Javid, the new Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport used his first speech on culture to issue an important and justified challenge to the cultural sector on of its record of inclusion. Three… Read More

The value of everyday evaluation

‘We all began with the best of intentions, and then ran slap into reality. Very quickly, it was evident that the project was altogether impossible.’ So writes Elizabeth White (Director, British Council Azerbaijan) about a production of Martin McDonagh’s Leenane Trilogy, performed… Read More

A small boat on a dark sea

Text of a talk for the Greek EU Presidency conference, “Heritage First! Towards a common approach for a sustainable Europe” • ‘Two gross of broken statues’ In August this year, Europeans will mark the centenary of the start of the First World War,… Read More

Naked emperors

‘I want to change, but not if it means changing,’ a patient once said to me in complete innocence. This insight from psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz came to mind as I listened to some of the discussion at and around the latest ‘State… Read More

Creative Resistance

National Theatre Wales (NTW) has won great acclaim since its launch in 2010 with 13 plays in 13 months, culminating in the Port Talbot Passion.  With no theatre building of its own (like  its counterpart in Scotland) NTW has quickly established itself as a… Read More

The pike’s disdain

It has become common these days to speak of a cultural ecology. It’s a good metaphor, which accurately represents the complex reality of human artistic activity. In a networked age, it neatly allows the big fish to place themselves alongside the smaller… Read More

‘There’s no insurance against life’

Dementia has become the fate worse than death that haunts the imagination of Western societies. It is the price we pay for our increasing longevity: fewer than one person in a hundred develops the disease before 70, but after 80, that chance… Read More

Serious amateurs

The modern system of art is not an essence or a fate but something we have made. Larry Shiner, 2001 Members of West Bromwich Operatic Society can be sensitive about being called amateurs, not because it is inaccurate, but because of the… Read More