show business is a one-day symposium towards greater connectivity between commercial and subsidised models in theatre’s independent sector. In this blog, Richard Kingdom, greenhouse project manager, discusses the potential of a greater collaboration between these two sectors.
I began discussing ideas for the show business symposium with colleagues last September but the seeds for it were sown around ten years ago, in a penny-drop moment during a post-show conversation at The Hen and Chickens Theatre. My cousin, a couple of years out of drama training and whose show I’d just been watching, and me, a recent Theatre Studies graduate trying to set the world ablaze with my company’s first show, were comparing notes on our respective ventures. I asked what seemed like the most pressing question for anyone mounting a production on the fringe.