It’s A Wonderful Life blog – Natalia Campbell

Hi All,

Natalia here – for the penultimate week of our It’s A Wonderful Life tour.

What a week!

Now as you know, we take our show to communities all over England and Wales.  The show has been designed specifically with local communities in mind, and therefore our venues are picked accordingly. This week however was quite varied in terms of the type of venues visited.

On Wednesday we performed in a school, Thursday a village hall, Friday an arts centre, Saturday an old town hall (which was actually an old court room), and then yesterday back to the familiar setting of another village hall.

David in the old court room
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A Nation’s Theatre Event at Farnham Maltings: I liked it but I couldn’t book it

A Nation’s Theatre Conversation: Farnham Maltings

I liked it but I couldn’t book it

An afternoon conversation about the future of contemporary theatre in rural England.

Hosted by Farnham Maltings in association with Battersea Arts Centre and The Guardian

Supported by Unlimited Impact; supporting artists and venues to celebrate the work of disabled artists, funded by Spirit of 2012

Thursday 3 March 2016, 3pm

Followed by a preview performance of The Iranian Feast at 5pm. 

Many have observed that theatre has changed more in the past 5 years than in the previous 50. This can be seen as clearly in our rural communities as in our major cities. Artists are making work in increasingly varied settings and playful formats. They are using outdoor and unusual spaces, involving members of local communities, mounting wedding feasts, presenting plays that don’t look like plays and dealing with complex questions in their performances. All have in common an ambition to reach new audiences, in new places and reinvent the form – which creates challenges for artists, touring schemes, programmers and audiences. This continuing conversation asks how we ensure that the ambitions of each are shared by us all.

This 90 minute conversation will be a space to consider the question ‘How can we ensure that the very best theatre is being made and shown across the whole country?’ It will be hosted at Farnham Maltings and chaired by Lyn Gardner. The conversation will be followed by a preview performance of our rural touring production, The Iranian Feast, featuring traditional Persian food prepared by Abbas, his wife and his daughter with help from their friends and neighbours. Part thriller, part cookery lesson this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future.

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It’s A Wonderful Life blog – Natalia Campbell

Happy New Year to All! Natalia here, back for blog duty.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

There’s a lot to catch up on as we were performing right up until Christmas, during the Christmas holidays and just before and after the New Year.

Firstly, the good news: our production of It’s A Wonderful Life featured in Lyn Gardner’s top theatre picks in the Guardian this week.

Now, where have we been? Oh Yes, Kent: Faversham to be exact.

What a great place! We were greeted by the lovely Alison, promoter of the venue who made us feel very welcome. It was quite a big space so no problems with our tall lamp, but we did have some issues with our other lighting fixtures. I don’t want to give too much away for those yet to have seen the show but put it this way: they add a little special something that makes for a very realistic Bedford Falls setting.
For our lighting to work effectively we need lower ceilings and more importantly, places where we can actually hang the lights. We needed a bit of creative thinking to get around this and fortunately, the venue had some similar lighting we could use.

I have previously mentioned the individual characters we play but I haven’t as yet mentioned the other non-acting roles of the show. On a tour like this, everyone is hands-on. In practical terms this means that all company members assist in all get-ins (removing from the touring van all pieces of the set and going on to build the set in the space – putting up lights, placing props, costumes, chairs etc.), followed by the get-out at the end of the performance (dismantling the set and placing it all back inside the van.)
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opportunity: Project Assistant Intern, Arts Partnership Surrey

opportunity: Project Assistant Intern, Arts Partnership Surrey

Arts Partnership Surrey is looking for a Project Assistant Intern to support the delivery of its programme of activity. The Arts Partnership is a strategic alliance of nine local authorities working together through the arts to improve the lives of people in Surrey. The main focus of this role is to support the administration and delivery of art projects across the county.
For a full role specification and person specification please click here to download a job description. You should send your CV and Covering Letter to Christine Lee at by 9am, 1 February 2016.
The post is 30 hours a week for a period of six months.
Interview date: Tuesday 9 February 2016.
Please note: This paid internship has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme. At the time of applying you must be 18 – 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with the Job Centre Plus.