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First day of the rest of your life Today has been a long time coming. By some of my own estimates this is really what I should have been doing since 20 July 2015, the day after I published a blog post boldly, somewhat naively, titled Manifesto for better theatre websites stating that the ability for each arts organisation to build a website and meaningfully connect with their audience was broken and I was the person to fix it. Sep 13, 2018 Manifesto for better theatre websites Theatre websites are broken, and I want to fix them with my new project. I have struggled to get an affordable portfolio Wordpress theme with no customisation to properly represent my work and I see the same for small theatre companies and individual theatre makers across the performing arts. There are some great agencies out there creating websites that demonstrate how good things can be, but their specialist services are out of reach to most. Jul 20, 2015 Thundering Hooves and the Edinburgh festivals' digital future “Edinburgh is the undisputed world leader as a festival city,” begins the second Thundering Hooves report. Well that’ll bring a collective sigh of relief to the group of 12 of the city’s festivals and their partners who commissioned it. Jul 14, 2015 Exploring the City with Sherlock and A Hollow Body Who knows what they must think, the people who live in the flats we are staring at from a tiny lane at the back of St Bart's Hospital. We are just the latest in a long line of headphone-wearing observers, standing a stone's throw away from St Paul's Cathedral and the more imposing Barbican Estate. It's enough to make you buy net curtains. Feb 17, 2015 Interview with Smash star Megan Hilty Megan Hilty stars as seasoned actress Ivy Lynn in Smash, the hit US TV series set on Broadway. Hilty is amply qualified for the role, having notched up Broadway credits including Glinda in Wicked and Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical. She has also appeared in US TV shows including Ugly Betty (2007), Desperate Housewives (2009) and Bones (2010). Oct 29, 2012 With Much Ado has Digital Theatre come of age? Theatre productions don't gain "cult" followings. Aside from the monolithic long-runners, most shows aren't around long enough to be discovered by hardcore devotees and treasured for the longterm in the way that much-loved films are down the ages. Feb 1, 2012 Brief encounter with West End legend Gay Soper Gay Soper, whose extensive West End musical credits include The Canterbury Tales, Godspell, Billy, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Mitford Girls, Les Miserables, The Rink, Which Witch and Salad Days, takes over the role of Berthe in the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Pippin starting a week's run on Tuesday 24 January 2012. Jan 23, 2012 Brief encounter with composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch Acclaimed composer and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch plays two very different dates in London next month. He first conducts the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, accompanying the Tony Award-winning star Glee and Wicked star Idina Menzel for her one-night concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 6 October 2011. Hamlisch then presents an intimate night at the West End's Playhouse Theatre on Sunday 9 October joined by special guest Maria Friedman. Sep 26, 2011 Brief encounter with Handspring Puppet Company's Adrian Kohler Handspring Puppet Company, creators of multi-award winning War Horse bring their critically acclaimed 1992 production Woyzeck on the Highveld to the Barbican from 6 to 10 September 2011 as part of a UK and European tour. Sep 5, 2011 Brief encounter with Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig Crazy For You opened at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park last week (8 August, previews from 28 July 2011) reuniting artistic director Timothy Sheader with the multi-award winning creative team behind last year's Hello, Dolly! - choreographer Stephen Mear and designer Peter McKintosh. Aug 15, 2011 British Council harness digital media for 2011 Showcase The British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase returns to the Fringe this year and for the first time will use digital media to give an "unprecedented global platform" to the 27 companies and artists whose work is being showcased. Jul 26, 2011 Love Never Dies review Officially reopened after chops and changes anonymously implemented by Bill Kenwright, Love Never Dies is very much a sequel to the original Phantom of the Opera, audiences expected to understand the love triangle of the original with little prompting - now seen ten years on. Nov 28, 2010 Black Watch review Now something of a worldwide theatrical phenomenon, Black Watch was initially presented by the fledgling National Theatre of Scotland in 2006. Both the company and Gregory Burke's tale of young Scottish squaddies fighting in Iraq have now firmly established themselves, exporting both Scottish theatre and the regiment's story. Nov 28, 2010
First day of the rest of your life Sep 13, 2018 Today has been a long time coming. By some of my own estimates this is really what I should have been doing since 20 July 2015, the day after I published a blog post boldly, somewhat naively, titled Manifesto for better theatre websites stating that the ability for each arts organisation to build a website and meaningfully connect with their audience was broken and I was the person to fix it. Manifesto for better theatre websites Jul 20, 2015 Theatre websites are broken, and I want to fix them with my new project. I have struggled to get an affordable portfolio Wordpress theme with no customisation to properly represent my work and I see the same for small theatre companies and individual theatre makers across the performing arts. There are some great agencies out there creating websites that demonstrate how good things can be, but their specialist services are out of reach to most. Thundering Hooves and the Edinburgh festivals' digital future Jul 14, 2015 “Edinburgh is the undisputed world leader as a festival city,” begins the second Thundering Hooves report. Well that’ll bring a collective sigh of relief to the group of 12 of the city’s festivals and their partners who commissioned it. Exploring the City with Sherlock and A Hollow Body Feb 17, 2015 Who knows what they must think, the people who live in the flats we are staring at from a tiny lane at the back of St Bart's Hospital. We are just the latest in a long line of headphone-wearing observers, standing a stone's throw away from St Paul's Cathedral and the more imposing Barbican Estate. It's enough to make you buy net curtains. Interview with Smash star Megan Hilty Oct 29, 2012 Megan Hilty stars as seasoned actress Ivy Lynn in Smash, the hit US TV series set on Broadway. Hilty is amply qualified for the role, having notched up Broadway credits including Glinda in Wicked and Doralee in 9 to 5: The Musical. She has also appeared in US TV shows including Ugly Betty (2007), Desperate Housewives (2009) and Bones (2010). With Much Ado has Digital Theatre come of age? Feb 1, 2012 Theatre productions don't gain "cult" followings. Aside from the monolithic long-runners, most shows aren't around long enough to be discovered by hardcore devotees and treasured for the longterm in the way that much-loved films are down the ages. Brief encounter with West End legend Gay Soper Jan 23, 2012 Gay Soper, whose extensive West End musical credits include The Canterbury Tales, Godspell, Billy, Side By Side By Sondheim, The Mitford Girls, Les Miserables, The Rink, Which Witch and Salad Days, takes over the role of Berthe in the Menier Chocolate Factory's revival of Pippin starting a week's run on Tuesday 24 January 2012. Brief encounter with composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch Sep 26, 2011 Acclaimed composer and conductor, Marvin Hamlisch plays two very different dates in London next month. He first conducts the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, accompanying the Tony Award-winning star Glee and Wicked star Idina Menzel for her one-night concert at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday 6 October 2011. Hamlisch then presents an intimate night at the West End's Playhouse Theatre on Sunday 9 October joined by special guest Maria Friedman. Brief encounter with Handspring Puppet Company's Adrian Kohler Sep 5, 2011 Handspring Puppet Company, creators of multi-award winning War Horse bring their critically acclaimed 1992 production Woyzeck on the Highveld to the Barbican from 6 to 10 September 2011 as part of a UK and European tour. Brief encounter with Broadway playwright Ken Ludwig Aug 15, 2011 Crazy For You opened at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park last week (8 August, previews from 28 July 2011) reuniting artistic director Timothy Sheader with the multi-award winning creative team behind last year's Hello, Dolly! - choreographer Stephen Mear and designer Peter McKintosh. British Council harness digital media for 2011 Showcase Jul 26, 2011 The British Council’s biennial Edinburgh Showcase returns to the Fringe this year and for the first time will use digital media to give an "unprecedented global platform" to the 27 companies and artists whose work is being showcased. Love Never Dies review Nov 28, 2010 Officially reopened after chops and changes anonymously implemented by Bill Kenwright, Love Never Dies is very much a sequel to the original Phantom of the Opera, audiences expected to understand the love triangle of the original with little prompting - now seen ten years on. Black Watch review Nov 28, 2010 Now something of a worldwide theatrical phenomenon, Black Watch was initially presented by the fledgling National Theatre of Scotland in 2006. Both the company and Gregory Burke's tale of young Scottish squaddies fighting in Iraq have now firmly established themselves, exporting both Scottish theatre and the regiment's story.