Fringe Theatre

The session I SHOULD have called at Devoted & Disgruntled or Why fringe theatre is only for trustofarians

Last Saturday I went to Devoted and Disgruntled 12: What shall we do about Theatre and the Performing Arts Now in Bristol, hosted by Improbable. For the uninitiated it is an open space event - a sort of free for all conference, where attendees make up the seminar agenda when they arrive.

I'd never been to one before and it was an engaging experience to say the least. I didn't call a session (though now I realise I should have hence the blog), but went to a broad range from '(How) can we teach playwrighting' (I had stuff to say about that); 'Mothers who make'; 'Can you be an artist in the evenings and weekends'; and the one that inspired this blog: 'Come and rant at two White Male Artistic Directors'. That last one got me curious for sure.

I bumbled bee-d into it for the last 15 mins as I'd got caught up in another conversation and in fact (disappointingly) no one was ranting at these two Artistic Directors at all. This was because they were talking about things …

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Crowdfunding insights

This is my first blog for this site. At the moment I am in pre-production for my play Scenes from 68* Years which is at the Arcola Theatre from 6-30 April

I'm looking forward to writing here about the process of page to stage, and page to publication, but as I'm redrafting ahead of first rehearsal on Monday I'm idea rich but time poor...  so I thought I'd repost two pieces from my personal blog - Hannykha's Listography. I posted them last May during and after a crowdfunding campaign to help money for this play. I hope you find them interesting. 

Three things I’ve learned about Crowdfunding

My play Scenes from 68* Years (about life under occupation in Palestine) is due to go on at the Arcola in Dalston, London in April next year. Sandpit Productions are producing and we will be applying to the Arts Council for funding. What some of you who don’t work in theatre may not know is that with most ‘fringe’ theatres even when they select your …

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How IdeasTap has shaped UK theatre today

‘IdeasTap is a hugely valuable and unique resource that the National Theatre uses regularly and relies upon. It is heartbreaking to see it under threat and we sincerely hope that a new way can be found to help support IdeasTap and its fantastic work nurturing creativity.’ Ben Power, Associate Director, National Theatre

It is not a new revelation that arts funding has been severely cut in recent years, making it all the more difficult for those without easy access, financial privilege or family connections to experience and appreciate the arts, let alone pursue a career within the industry.

In February, The Warwick Commission reported on the shocking disparity of access to and participation within the arts in the UK, dependent on people’s socioeconomic status.

These figures are representative of a system which values the economic benefit of the few over the development and well-being of the many. IdeasTap is an arts charity that over the …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014

Four years ago, I commissioned journalist and theatre critic Mark Fisher to write The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide. It was, I felt, a much-needed handbook for the swathes of artists who, every year, sacrificed their health, sanity and bank balance at the altar of the annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Fisher’s book goes a long way to demystifying how to make a success of your show or – to put it more realistically – how not to leave Edinburgh destitute, frazzled, with nodules and Rickets, and not having seen an audience member for a month.

Yet Mark Fisher at the time quite rightly expressed some reservation about the book’s title. ‘Survival’ surely implied that the Festival Fringe is not to be enjoyed, but rather endured, and this he felt – as a seasoned attendee of the Festival Fringe – didn’t do justice to the joys of, and exhilaration from, being part of the world’s biggest arts festival.

This year, the Edinburgh Festival …

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True Brits Preview: 21st July 2014

True Brits had its first preview at the Park Theatre on Monday night. It’s by no means the end of the tinkering with the play (two more rehearsals) but between this and the play’s publication I think it’s time to call time on the R&D part of the process. It’s now a big girl and out in the world.

As with every performance of everything I’ve ever had on ever, I was a total mess before hand. Darting around, greeting people, trying to sort comps lists, fighting down that feeling in my stomach that I’d written something no-one cares about whilst trying to tell myself that I didn’t care either when I really, REALLY did.

The Victoria Line was down and so we held the house for five minutes but we could delay no more and off the play went. I have a slightly odd thing of not really being able to look at a play I’ve written on opening night. Thus, sat in the rafters, I shut my eyes for the most of it and just listened to the audience reaction. And it was . . . good? I …

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