Entries by Carl Woodward

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Park Theatre’s Jez Bond: “Many freelancers have tragically left our industry and there is a lot of hard work ahead.”

Park theatre artistic director Jez Bond is busy looking at revisions of his business plan. “We have some formulating to do with our smaller space, Park90, that might enable us to bring in work that we may have previously turned down,” he says. “Historically there have been a lot of shows that we missed out […]

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Our Voice – Arts Professional

Our Voice – an autobiographical theatre project for young Traveller girls-  is the most important thing that I have have done. Despite the restrictions that the pandemic posed, we came together to deliver this female artist-led project and look forward to when we can create live theatre from these special stories together again.  As theatre braces […]

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Look Ahead: Theatre Streaming in March

At last! A roadmap – the prime minister has announced a timeline for when theatres and other live events venues may be able to reopen. All being well, indoor and outdoor theatres will be allowed to reopen with social distancing from May 17. Hmmmmmmmmm. Anyway, here are some of the best shows streaming online now […]

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Guest Blog – Dr Alan Duffield: ‘Performing arts BTECs remain the most readily accessible, egalitarian and flexible provision available.‘

Government proposals that could see the performing arts BTEC scrapped widen inequality in the arts and damage young people’s creative education chances. Dr Alan Duffield, a performing arts teacher and dance researcher, argues that this move is wrong and will threaten the talent supply to the industry. Throughout my long years directly involved in performance education, […]

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Curve’s victory in Seyi Omooba court case is a victory for theatre

OUR economy is in the toilet, Britain’s hospitality industry is ruined and theatres are closed across the country, indefinitely. In better news, Seyi Omooba – who was sacked over a Facebook post attacking homosexuality – has had her claim for discrimination, breach of contract and harassment rejected. Omooba, 26, sued Leicester’s Curve Theatre and her […]

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Guest Blog – Matt Woodhead: “Through the Who Cares Digi Fund we are trying to raise £5,000 to pay for young carers to get the digital support they need.”

Throughout the pandemic most vulnerable households were left without access to web. Matt Woodhead has launched the Who Cares campaign to tackle digital poverty amongst young carers.  Reading reviews is basically a self-indulgent form of torture. The bad ones make me want to rip my own fingers off so I never have to write again. […]

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Angels in America added to National Theatre at Home

BEHOLD! The National Theatre has announced that Tony Kushner’s multi-award-winning Angels in America: Parts One and Two, is now available to stream worldwide as part of three new productions added to the National Theatre at Home platform. The National Theatre has today announced three new filmed productions have been added to its streaming service National […]

Look Ahead: Theatre streaming in February

Here is a list of shows that are streaming throughout February – some good stuff, I’m sure you will agree. In all the Seyi Omooba shambles you may have missed that Curve in Leicester’s special concert version of musical The Color Purple musical is being streamed from 16 February – 7 March. 2,000 free tickets […]

Curtains for performing arts BTEC? That will be a tragedy for our industry

I often think the Nelson Mandela quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In 2018, I organised The Big Arts & Education Debate at Birmingham Rep. The symposium brought together 300 students, industry figures, educators and teachers. Anyway, during the interval, one speaker (the West Midlands Regional […]

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Guest Blog – Laptops For Vulnerable Children – Emma Baggott: ‘Every day that passes is yet another day when the inequality gap is widening.’

Emma Baggott is a theatre-maker, theatre director and teacher originally from Wales now based in London. She has launched an inspiring appeal to buy laptops for children struggling to do their lessons at home during the pandemic. On January 4th like many people I’m sat, with my family, waiting for Boris Johnson to grace us with […]