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The challenge of change: How can we create a better future for theatre, here, in the West Midlands?

mid*point

Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM - Friday, November 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM (GMT)

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The challenge of change: How can we create a better future for theatre, here, in the West Midlands?

An invitation

I’ve been working as Theatre Officer for the Arts Council’s West Midlands office for over 10 years now and I’ve never been so excited or wary about the changes happening around me and on the horizon.

When I talk about changes, I’m thinking about those which physically affect our theatres and arts centres: in 2010 a newly designed mac will re-open; shortly afterwards the Rep will close, working off-site whilst the Library of Birmingham development delivers a new mid-scale auditorium, as well as an iconic new building for Centenary Square; the RSC is due to complete its works by 2011; and the Belgrade and Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry have both recently undergone capital redevelopment. The result will be significantly altered spaces for the making and presentation of theatre in both our major cities and across the region.

I’m also thinking about changes in the economic situation and its impact on resources, on audiences, on the willingness we all have to take risks. I’m thinking about political uncertainty. I’m worrying about cuts.

There’s huge potential for things to get dramatically better for theatre-makers, for audiences, for all those with a stake in theatre here. Changed and improved spaces present new opportunities for artists and better experiences for all those who use them. But as with all change, things could get worse before they get better. We will probably have to think, act and work differently to make the most of the opportunities ahead.

I was at a meeting of the mid*point network in the Summer at which the main topic was ‘Change’. We heard about the changes at mac, at the Rep and about Curve in Leicester. We also listened to a presentation from Seth Honnor at Theatre Bristol. Seth talked about how the Bristol theatre community had started to work differently together. And we got very interested, if not a little envious, and quite excited.

I love the West Midlands – I’ve found it the best and most exciting place to live and work. I’m thrilled by the range of ideas I hear about. I’m often spoilt for choice when I think about what I might go and see. But I’ve always been intrigued by the things we do differently – or don’t do at all here. I’ve wondered why people working in theatre tell me they feel isolated here. Why they talk about what Manchester or London have that we don’t. Why they say they find it so hard to get their work commissioned – maybe harder than people they talk to elsewhere. I’ve wondered about this – as I know this is a place full of generous, interested and inclusive producers, programmers and artists.

At that mid*point event, Seth reflected on the fantastic energy and appetite for change amongst the West Midlands theatre community in the room. What I want to know is can we harness that energy? Can we turn that energy into action?

How can we make a better future for theatre, here, in the West Midlands?

So midpoint has asked Seth back - this time to facilitate an Open Space event.

Although Open Space may be new to you, it has been used productively all over the world. It is an interactive and inclusive way of structuring a meeting that allows you, the participant, to set the agenda. It is a dynamic way of talking about complicated and difficult things and turning talking into action. You will not be talked at or asked to talk about things you don’t want to. By the end of the event the following will have occurred:

•    Every issue of concern to anyone will have been raised, if they took responsibility for doing that.
•    All issues will have been discussed to the fullest possible extent.
•    A full record of issues and discussions will be published online in a format where people can carry on the discussion even after the event.
•    And YOU will have taken part in making it happen.

A strength of Open Space is its ability to unite groups of enormous diversity. So, whoever you are, if you’ve ever had any interest in theatre in the West Midlands, I’d like to invite you to join me to see if we can take charge and imagine how we can create a better future for theatre, here in the West Midlands.

The event is free, and we’ll provide good food and make sure you are well looked after. All that we ask is that you tell us that you’re coming. To let us know you’re coming just book your free ticket here.

This invitation is open to everyone, so please pass it on to anyone you think might be interested. I hope to see you there.

With best wishes,

Alison
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Alison Gagen is Theatre Officer for Arts Council England West Midlands and a member of midpoint network

This is a mid* point event. mid*point is the network for independent theatre companies in the West Midlands. We aim to build links between companies, venues, agencies and practitioners.

This is a two-day event and will take place at the Crescent Theatre (Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE) on 26th and 27th November 2009, from 10am – 6pm.

If you require further information please contact David Allen
Tel.: 0121 608 7144
Email: news@midlandactorstheatre.co.uk

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Crescent Theatre
Sheepcote Street
B16 8AE Birmingham
United Kingdom

Thursday, November 26, 2009 at 10:00 AM - Friday, November 27, 2009 at 6:00 PM (GMT)


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mid*point is the network for independent theatre companies in the West Midlands. We aim to build links between companies, venues, agencies and practitioners.

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