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Panel Discussion: Thinking Digital
24 May 2012, 4pm-5pm

In what ways can writers, artists and practitioners effectively and creatively harness social media and digital technologies? How does online collaboration, interaction and audience participation enrich a theatre-making process? An in-depth look into the creative possibilities of new media.
Speakers include:
Clare Lovell, Digital Officer (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)
Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer (RSC)
Polarbear, writer, artist, dramaturg

Panel Discussion: New Writing vs New Work
Is there really only one way to find out?
25 May 2012, 4pm-5pm

A lively and topical discussion about the practices and processes of developing new work. Where are the crossovers between the traditional models of “new writing” and the collaborative nature of devised theatre? Is it even useful to preserve a distinction between the different ways of making and sharing work? An expert panel of practitioners and producers share their experiences.
Speakers include:
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Director (Ovalhouse)
Fraser Grace, playwright, Convenor MRES in Playwriting (Birmingham University)
Hannah Silva, writer, performer

Panel Discussion: Fringe Benefits
26 May 2012, 4pm-5pm

In these straightened times, what are the avenues for new work and new writing? How can writers build relationships with theatres, both regionally and nationally? Is self-producing an option? How does that impact on efforts to build a sustainable career? A valuable and informative insight into the artistic policies of producing theatres and regional festivals.
Speakers include:
David Slack, Director (24:7 Festival)
Steve Harper, Literary Manager (Theatre 503)
Dan Herd, Artistic Associate (Soho Theatre)
Tessa Walker, Associate Director (Birmingham Repertory Theatre)

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