Archive | January, 2011

Rehearsal image from R+J today #kissbythebook

31 Jan

Louisa Eyo (nurse) and Rachel Spicer (Juliet) in rehearsal today

feet up – both legs 1 and 2 – and an early NPO submission

24 Jan


OK so I am not being totally lazy, and to bring you up to speed with what has been happening over the last few weeks.

Primarily I have been dealing with 2 things – not just legs one and two, but the reality that has been the NPO application and an op on my knees.  What on earth is that? I hear you cry. An NPO? Well in a nutshell all arts organisations in the country, big and small, local and national and across all artforms have had to submit an application to become a National Portfolio Organisation that Arts Council England will then support as part of their delivery of Great Art for Everyone vision. The deadline was 10am this morning January 24th.

So like all other organisations here at Pilot Theatre we too have been putting ours in place over the last 2 months. This has meant meeting lots of people, having many conversations and making lots of plans for our programme of work up until 2015. So our three year vision plan with associated budgets and details. So yes a good deal of work. The good news is that all of us will find out by the end of March whether or not we are in or out of the portfolio. So not a long period of time to wait. The other good news is that many organisations have been really open and have been sharing their ideas and plans with us, which in the prevailing funding climate, is absolutely vital. We are actually all in this together, and we are charged with using public money as effectively, creatively and to be as artistically inventive as possible.

So we will let you know how things turn out

In other, other news, may I recommend that you don’t ever jump into a swimming pool feet first without first checking the depth…How was I to know it was only 1 metre deep? There were no signs. Anyway if you do, be assured that if you do, you may smash both knee cartilages at the same time at the same point (medial meniscus tears for my medical friends…)

The upshot of all this is that last Thursday I had these repaired. Which meant that our NPO went in before that, so our deadline was brought forward in a way because of my own stupidity of jumping into a pool on day one of my holiday. Bed rest, physio and walking are now on the menu. As well as being able to catch uo with this blog which has been slightly dormant during the last few weeks of aforementioned activity.

In other, other, other news, we decided to Wordle our NPO and it is a really interesting snapshot of the application. Others too have also done this. I am at present thinking of a good place to share these. I will certainly talk about it at my presentation at the State of the Arts Conference on Feb 10th, which reminds me I have some notes and plans to make for that now.

We are heading off to open Romeo and Juliet at The Unicorn next week, as it sets out on the tour until April. If any of you are around drop in and say hi, but please don’t trip me up as I am still a bit unsteady on my pins…

Til later



Creative Producers Development Programme #sxsw

13 Jan

Creative Producers Development Programme

Just to say that I am delighted to have been selected as part of this delegation and will ensure that posts and updates and tweets will be occuring in due course…


iShed and Arts Council England are pleased to announced participants of their Creative Producers Development Programme, which includes a trip to SXSW 2011 and a summer school at the Pervasive Media Studio.

The programme brings together producers working across art-forms with a thirst to expand their network and produce cutting-edge digital projects. The aim will be to explore new opportunities, view work, spot emerging digital trends and create a network that will deliver value for years to come.

The participants are:

Laura Sillars, Site Gallery
Chris Horkan, Oh Productions
Julianne Pierce, Blast Theory
Urmala Jassal, SAMPAD
Beckie Darlington, Haus Projects
Matt Davenport, Broadway
Mat Trivett, Trampoline: Agency for Art and Media and LAB
Tanuja Amarsuriya, Theatre Bristol and Inbetween Time
Rachel Coldicutt, Royal Opera House
Marcus Romer,  Pilot Theatre
Isabelle Croissant, Cornerhouse

Participants will first visit SXSW in Texas, US in March 2011. SXSW is one of the leading music, film and interactive festivals in the world, combining showcasing, networking and conferencing in each of these creative fields.  It is a forum for learning  and a global networking opportunity, with a mixture of intellectual content, business exchange and creative showcasing.

The delegation will build upon the Umbrella Group delegations to SXSW in 2009 and 2010 run by iShed and Germination.

In June 2011 the group will participate in an intensive five day lab at the Pervasive Media Studio, produced in partnership with the University of the West of England??s Digital Cultures Research Centre. Facilitated by established practitioners from cutting-edge research and practice, the summer school will blend personal and project development, and cover different aspects of creative technology production.

All of the producers will be documenting their experiences online and an iShed Micro site will go live in the near future.  The twitter list for the delegation (in construction too) is here.

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