Archive | December, 2010

Images of the Year 2010 – Argentina / Italy / Estonia / Yorkshire

30 Dec

and watch the best street tango I have ever seen


and develop the idea for a new piece of work


whilst sitting in the square in Siena


and then under the buttresses of Tallinn


and staring out to the North Sea from Cayton Bay


and the South Atlantic from Montevideo


I realised that this is only the beginning…





Another list for 2010 #blog

29 Dec


Firsts for me this year…

Getting to go to South America

Getting this Posterous blog working
Getting a show up and running in Spanish in Buenos Aires
Getting the boat to Montevideo
Getting invited to speak at the RSA/ACE State of the Arts Conference
Getting a Tattoo in Buenos Aires

Getting to Wexford to speak at the Theatre Forum Conference

Getting my name on a poster outside a West End Theatre for The Fever Chart

Getting the TEDx Licence for York
Getting the potential of the artsfunding hashtag
Getting the site on the radar
Getting invited to speak at the ICA
Getting my son to his new start at University in the car
Getting a parking ticket for £120 quid on the same day whilst dropping him off at Uni
Getting my old office back after he had gone to Uni
Getting one of my plays translated and published in Germany
Getting that whole Shakespeare thing

Getting Roy Williams to write us a new play
Getting to go to Estonia for work
Getting a new hamster

Getting new adventure bangles

Getting a letter published in the Evening Standard
Getting Sir Ken Robinson to deliver a Keynote via Skype for Shift Happens
Getting inspiration from new collaborations and projects
Getting older – and liking it



Shift Happens promo trailer – save the date – July 7th 2011 TEDxYork #shifthappens

22 Dec


Season’s Greetings from all @pilot_theatre #festive

17 Dec

Season’s Greetings to you all,

As 2010 draws to a close we sat down and started looking back on a fantastic year. We realised it had be a year of firsts for Pilot Theatre, and wanted to share them with you. Here are our top 20:

1. The first month in the West End with The Fever Chart
2. The first show in Argentina, in Spanish as well as English, with WC School
3. The first Pilot Platform 11+ International Festival of work
4. The first tour of Shakespeare for us – with Romeo and Juliet
5. The first full production of Catcher directed by Suzann McLean
6. The first theatre company to be a Trust Partner in a Secondary School (Don Valley)
7. The first artsfunding ning site with over 1100 members
8. The first member of the team, Mandy to study for an EU Cultural Diploma
9. The first artsfunding hashtag with a reach of over 500,000
10. The first Anthology of poetry published from our Open Minds project
11. The first Shift Happens skype keynote from LA with Sir Ken Robinson
12. The first research trip to Milan, by Katie and Richard for our What Light new commission
13. The first iTunes single and Album released for Romeo & Juliet show
14. The first EU youth exchange for Yorkshire students who performed in Estonia
15. The first visual arts residency in Portugal
16. The first new commission for Roy Williams for 2012
17. The first live performance at the York Festival of Food
18. The first Assistant Director to come from the Central School of Speech and Drama
19. The first Christmas Fayre with SlungLow, Unlimited and BeltUp Theatre Companies
20. The first skype Santa live to the world!

As we look forward to a New Year of new opportunities, may we wish you a fabulous festive season and all the best for 2011 – We’ll see you at the Unicorn in February for the re-opening of Romeo and Juliet.

From Marcus, Mandy, Sarah, Katie,
Bec, Marc, Charles and Jackie

State of the Arts 2011 | Arts Council / RSA – now booking #SOTA11

17 Dec

The second annual State of the Arts conference, organised by the RSA and Arts Council England, brings together a wide range of creative voices to debate issues around resilience, audience and the value of arts and culture.

In a time of austerity, what are the priorities now? What is our vision for the long term? What imaginative and practical approaches are needed to sustain the arts through this period? What new opportunities are there to deepen the value of the arts to individuals, to society and to the economy?

Confirmed speakers include: Julia Peyton-Jones OBE, Michael Boyd, Tabitha Jackson, Miranda McKearney, Shreela Ghosh, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Marcus Romer, Josie Rouke, Alan Davey and Dame Liz Forgan from Arts Council England, and the RSA’s Luke Johnson and Matthew Taylor.

Join us in examining the role of the arts in building a strong future for the nation. Buy your ticket today via the booking page on Eventbrite for just ??100 excluding VAT.

The State of the Arts conference 2011 will take place on Thursday 10 February 2011, 9am-6pm, at Park Plaza Riverbank, London SE1.


8-9am Registration and coffee
9-9.05am   Welcome from Alan Davey and Luke Johnson
Session 1  
9.05-11am  Is there a vision for the arts beyond cuts?
11-11.30am Coffee break
Session 2  
11.30-12.30pm Parallel panel discussions
Panel A: Where are the new audiences?
Panel B: The arts: relevant or out of touch?
Panel C: Will resilience get us through?
12.30-1.30pm Lunch
Session 3  
1.30-2.30pm Cultural question time
Session 4  
2.30-3.30pm Parallel panel discussions
Panel D: The new giving: can individuals save the day?
Panel E: Should the arts lead the Big Society?
Panel F:  Talent and diversity: are we doing enough? 
3.30-4pm Coffee break
Session 5  
4-4.30pm  Keynote session: What did art ever do for you?
4.30-6pm  Panel discussion of keynote session
  Closing remarks









THE DIGITAL STORY OF NATIVITY – ( or Christmas 2.0 )

16 Dec

found this online today and I particularly like the cursor clicking ‘follow’ on the the twitter account ‘the star’

inventive and fun


Romeo & Juliet Education Resource Pack

15 Dec

Great pic from Shanghai via @susiehargreaves – take good care of cultural relic…

5 Dec



Yep don’t climb up an antique is good advice

My letter in the Evening Standard #artsfunding

4 Dec

(Please click the image to see it more clearly)

As we hear the news from Barnet, Birmingham, Darlington, Somerset – this is the real threat to our cultural infrastructure, and only the start as we begin to discover which other Local Authorities are also cutting their Arts budgets.

Don’t forget the is a place to keep the campaign going and to share information.


Marcus Romer
Artistic Director
Pilot Theatre