A portion of the theatre making folk in Birmingham/West Midlands (100ish) have just finished two days of Open Space talking at The Crescent Theatre, prompted by a call from our Arts Council England Drama Officer asking How Can We Make Theatre Better in the West Midlands.
Near the end, worried that there was too much aspiration towards someone beaming down from on high to fix all our problems for us, I scribbled a hasty pledge card which, if only the people attending that meeting accepted would mean an appreciable difference in the sense of connectedness and dynamism in the region’s theatre world.
Here is a second draft of the pledges:
1: Attend 12 theatre shows in the next 12 months, 4 by West Midlands writers/artists/companies you haven’t seen before, 1 in a West Midlands Venue you’ve never been to before.
2: Take 12 people who have never been, rarely go, or don’t ‘do’ Independent Theatre to a show. Share transport.
3: Host a meal/party for 8 people 4 of which you barely know.
4: Write 12 comments/reviews/blog entries about theatre on other people’s sites.
5: Attend 1 mid*point or return to the next Open Space event.
I want to refine these and who knows, maybe even print them up and hand them out – very New Labour.
Read more about the event from Graeme Rose’s perspective.