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More Speakers Confirmed

by Catherine Edwards on May 11th, 2012
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I didn’t make it to the HighTide Symposium this week, but it looks like there will be a lot of interesting stuff coming out of it over the next few weeks. I liked a quote from the previous link, from The Bush’s Artistic Director Madani Younis:

We are not afraid to stand in the rain while all the others huddle under the same umbrella.

That sounds like a decent motto to me.

In the meantime, I’ve been busy finalizing speakers for our own panel discussions from 24-26 May. Getting there, slowly, so here’s a quick overview of the people who’ve signed up so far.

I’ve already mentioned the New Writing vs New Work panel on Friday 25th, which will be hosted by the West Midlands branch of The Writers’ Guild.

Also confirmed for Thinking Digital on Thursday 24th is Sarah Ellis (Digital Producer, RSC) and Polarbear (writer and spoken word artist). We’ll be looking at how both individuals and companies like the RSC are embracing new media – pioneering projects such as Such Tweet Sorrow and more recent initiatives.

Fringe Benefits on Saturday 26th May will have input from Dan Herd (Soho Theatre), David Slack (24:7 Festival) and Steve Harper (Theatre 503), exploring different ways of producing work and building relationships with theatres.

Also of interest for writers and practitioners will be the On Call sessions on Thursday and Friday lunchtime (12noon-2pm). Thursday 24th will have an Edinburgh focus, so if you’re thinking of taking a show up to the Fringe, either this year or in the future, come along and have a chat with performers and producers who’ve been there, done that, bought the T-shirt and worn it till it was a bit smelly.

Friday 25th will focus on artist and company development – looking at building partnerships/ co-productions with venues etc. With input from Alison Gagen, China Plate and BE Festival. Mike Kaloski-Naylor from the Arts Council will also be on hand to advise on how to make best use of the Grants for the Arts funding support and discuss people’s experiences of the programme.

Both On Call events are free, but if you are planning on coming along, do drop us an email at writers@capitalplays.co.uk so that we have an idea of numbers on the day.

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