November 2010

Some Business Books are More Equal Than Others

By |November 3rd, 2010|

3 November 2010Or… all business books were not created equalI recently spent half an hour in my local library browsing their business titles.  The more books I flicked through, the more depressed I felt.  As I read snippets from here and there, I felt talked-down to, patronized, and my hackles were raised. Even my feminist […]

October 2010

Doing our bit for arts advocacy

By |October 7th, 2010|

Have you ever felt comforted by an old film or TV programme, felt energized by a live performance, thought ‘I can do that’, or, ‘I could never do that’?

Putting aside the ‘what is art’ debate, I would like you to remember those feelings.  Now, you are tapping into your right brain.

We tend to live our […]

The ‘I’m Worth it’ Negotiation Exercise

By |October 7th, 2010|

This is a very simple exercise:  spend 5 minutes convincing someone (recruit a friend or just write in a journal) why you are ‘worth it’.

Think of a situation where you may need to negotiate – a job interview, a work commission, negotiating with a venue – anything where you want your own way!
Then, think of […]

Budget Notes

By |October 7th, 2010|

A budget – whether it is for a show, an exhibition, an event or a personal budget – is your roadmap.  It allows you to look at the facts and make choices.  Would you rather have that set piece for the show or original music?  Would you rather spend more on where you live or […]

10 years of producing in the arts … or running away with the circus

By |October 7th, 2010|

I spent the first ten years of my career not knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up.

I tried many things, from devising market research projects to temping to producing high-flying business events.  Work was not particularly fulfilling, but it was busy and interesting enough, and I assumed this is the way […]

September 2010

Marketing Copy Hall of Fame – Gaza Project

By |September 7th, 2010|

Clear information, just long enough, and utterly compelling:GAZA: BREATHING SPACE How much would you pay to see a piece of theatre? How much would you pay for somebody else to see a piece of theatre? How much would you pay to ensure that 40 young Gazans have an eight week experience of creativity and imaginative […]

At the Theatre – ‘La Bete’

By |September 7th, 2010|

At the Theatre ‘La Bete’  - somehow, seeing Mark Rylance pick his nose on stage just did it for me.  Wonderful acting… but why another play about the theatre?  Why now?September 2010 (nl)

2010 – A Year of Hospitality

By |September 7th, 2010|

Announcing a Year of Hospitality   The financial belt-tightening is going to be with us for a while longer but I propose we counteract it with overwhelming hospitality.  I have started to regularly host friends of friends, acquaintances, theatre professionals and artists from around the globe on their visits to London.  Usually, these visits revolve […]

How not to Turn Away Industry People who Turn up to See Your Show

By |September 7th, 2010|

Managing the unexpected – a case study I was recently invited to see a new fringe play.  I get a lot of invitations, but cannot attend a large part of them.  However, I was curious about this play, and was looking forward to seeing it.   I arranged to take a friend who I often […]

Hotel Medea – Getting Audience Interaction Very Right

By |September 7th, 2010|

‘Hotel Medea’ – a powerful lesson in how to do audience interaction right.  Top tips that occurred to me:do not single people out – let them join in or not with no pressurea bit of chaos is good – this way people feel more likely to join inmake sure the task you are expecting […]