10 opinions about theatre rn

  1. I’m really sad that the government is pulling £2m of funding from diversity charity Creative Access. I know people and have heard of so many more (from hugely underrepresented groups) who have been given opportunities to enter the arts sector because it. Sign the petition.
  2. I think The Sewing Group – which truly plays with dramatic form and “the reveal” in a massively clever way – has been overshadowed by The Children at the Royal Court. I want people who’ve seen it to talk to about it cus don’t wanna spoil it for others. Also want to know who the guy was sat next to me who literally laughed at every single thing I did. Soul mates.
  3. Much excitement about Angels in America at the NT. A gorgeous text. And that HBO TV series with Meryl Streep. Goodness knows, America needs some angels atm.
  4. I’m all for people having that one thing they really care about (e.g. an “ism” or “isity” or whatever). But when it comes to theatre, diversity needs to be a multi-category, spread wide, an elegant thing. It needs to be about you actively seeing shows that aren’t about someone like you or people you know. Or shows that you immediately think you’ll like. It’s about giving a helping hand in the industry to people who are underrepresented. It’s not all about women. Though they’re important. It’s especially not all about white middle class women. Pull theatres up on all the things they need to do better but do it with love and understanding that programming is a tricksy thing that they won’t alway get right. Praise the things that are being done well.
  5. More of us should be taking friends to the theatre who don’t normally go. Open your welcoming theatre arms wide.
  6. Newly discovered humanette puppets. They are brrrrrrilliant. Who knew a baby bro + human face could be so darn funny. See Holy Presents by Humanish at Camden People’s Theatre. This made me think about why London Mime Festival is so limited to the same mainly big venues each year. I would LOVE them to add smaller fringe places that do puppet/circus/mime/physical theatre things like CPT.
  7. Blogging is hard. It was easier as a student when I had time for ideas and writing. But I do it because I love it and I want to remember. Memories are so transient.
  8. I really think digital can help theatres reach new audiences and eventually see new and inspiring artistic leaders of the future. Those people are on YT, Snapchat, Medium, Instagram. They’re NOT on Twitter, people. Especially the young ones.
  9. It’s really easy to believe that Twitter is the only place where conversations about theatre happen or could happen. But that group you follow is a bubble. If you’re not seeing conversations that challenge it’s because you’re not checking the right hashtags on Instagram, seeking out new bloggers on Bloglovin’ and Medium, listening to conversations in theatre bars, going to Theatre Dialogue, going to blogger meetups.
  10. Shout out to the people in theatres across the country who get their theatre deeply involved in the community, in schools, with universities, with local community centres, old people’s homes etc. You are the shining light.

CONTEXT: Apparently theatre bloggers don’t have any opinions any more. So I published a list of them.