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24th May: Thinking Digital

Free (limited space – booking required)


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:

Polarbear is not a bear at all, but a Brummie, raised on hip-hop and Arthur Scargill, who writes stories and sometimes talks them on stage. His work has featured on BBC Radio 1, 3, 4 and 6 and he has performed around the world from Kuala Lumpur to California. He leads writing and performance projects nationally and internationally and can usually be found in the kitchen at house parties.

Sarah Ellis, Digital Producer, RSC
Sarah Ellis is Digital Producer at the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2011 she was Head of Creative Programmes at the Albany Theatre and a creative producer specializing in digital and literature. From 2004 she worked for Apples & Snakes – England’s leading performance poetry organisation. She managed the national creative programme and digital strategy for the organization. She has worked with Old Vic Tunnels, Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham REP, Contact, Freeword, Improbable, Southbank Centre, Soho Theatre, and Shunt.

Clare Lovell, Digital Officer, Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Clare Lovell has worked for Birmingham Repertory Theatre since 2007 in the Literary, Arts and Marketing Departments. As Digital Officer for The REP, she has helped to develop the collaborative online playwriting system, REPwrite and allowed online audiences a chance to contribute to plays in development such as Eat and Four Cities, Four Stories. Clare is interested in new writing, pervasive games, social media, transformative works, crowdsourcing, dramaturgy, arts marketing, open data and zombie apocalypse survival strategies.

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