Resources

In the spirit of generosity, house has put together this resource section as a place where you can find and share documentation to support general working theatre knowledge and practice.

house is neither liable nor responsible for any use, misuse, miscommunication or misunderstandings from, or the content of any documents available to download.


Starting an audience club in your venue
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Starting an audience club in your venue

With a growing popularity of audience clubs within London, we have created a resource with club examples and advice for regional venues to begin a similar initiative.

Stay at Home Activity Pack for Children (Unique Voice)
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Stay at Home Activity Pack for Children (Unique Voice)

Here is an example of a children's activity pack for staying at home.

Unique Voice recognise the importance of creativity and play in children’s lives. Whilst practising social distancing, they want to encourage families to pursue creative outlets.

"Inside this pack you will find 30 different activities that you can partake in with the young people in your household. We have chosen activities that require as little resources as possible to ensure there are plenty of things for you to do without having to leave your home. You can do these activities for fun or even incorporate them into your child’s home learning."

Taking Care: The Act of Kindness by People United
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Taking Care: The Act of Kindness by People United

In celebration of World Kindness Day, People United have launched their third research report, Taking Care: The Art of Kindness. People United have presented at numerous house Venue Network Days, including 'The Culture of Caring' in September 2018.

Technical Requirements form
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Technical Requirements form

This form is sent from Oxford Playhouse to visiting companies prior to their performances, in order to gather related technical information.

Techniques to support a person with dementia
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Techniques to support a person with dementia

A helpful document exploring how to better welcome people with dementia into your organisation.

Ten Tips for Pitching
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Ten Tips for Pitching

Created by house, this one page document explains 10 tips for pitching an idea to potential partners.

Ten Top Tips for Working with Venue Marketers from Arts at the Old Firestation
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Ten Top Tips for Working with Venue Marketers from Arts at the Old Firestation

When you bring your show to a venue, on a split or a hire basis, someone at the venue will be in charge of marketing it. Here are Marketing Manager Alex Coke’s top tips to help that relationship go smoothly.

The AMA MicroDigital Guide to developing personas of your ideal customer
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The AMA MicroDigital Guide to developing personas of your ideal customer

Customer personas can provide a wealth of actionable insight for your organisation. This comprehensive guide by Roisin Kirby, Refresh Marketing, outlines the key steps to get started and is packed with further resources to learn more.

Read More: https://www.culturehive.co.uk/resources/the-ama-microdigital-guide-to-developing-personas-of-your-ideal-customer/

The arts and people with PMLD
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The arts and people with PMLD

This guide has been written for professionals to outline the importance of engaging people with profound and multiple learning difficulties in the arts, and to explain the steps you can take to make the experience as enjoyable and productive as possible. It also contains useful information about additional resources and support that are available.

The Performing Artist’s Audience Workbook
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The Performing Artist’s Audience Workbook

The Performing Artist’s Audience Workbook is designed to encourage artists to think more about potential audiences, and explore the value their work brings to those who experience it.

Taking the reader on a journey to explore and articulate audience benefit, The Prelude offers context, insights and questions around core purpose, audience experience and audience development, while The Workbook presents a series of creative exercises for artists at any stage of their career who would like to think more about their practice, their audiences and the impact of their work.

The publications have been created primarily for those working in theatre and dance. Whilst it is not specifically aimed as a resource for those applying for funding, it will be useful for applicants applying to Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund for Theatre and Dance as an understanding of audiences should be at the centre of any application for touring and presentation.

The Performing Artist’s Audience Workbook can be used in a variety of ways, sparking creation, communication and reflection.

Commissioned by Creative Scotland, and written by Lisa Baxter, with illustrations by Philippe Brasseur.

DOWNLOAD PRELUDE: https://www.creativescotland.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/82922/The-Prelude-for-viewing.pdf
DOWNLOAD WORKBOOK: https://www.creativescotland.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/82924/The-Workbook-for-viewing.pdf

The Protocols for Returning to Work Rehearsal and Production – Stage Management Association
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The Protocols for Returning to Work Rehearsal and Production – Stage Management Association

The guidelines have been produced by Terry Lee Dickson, with colleagues from ABTT, SMA, CITA and PMF as well as generous assistance from producers and backstage and creative colleagues.

The guidance is being issued at a “Living Document” which will be expected to have changes and amendments as circumstances change throughout its useful life. Instigated by SMA and ABTT, the guidance will also be published as Covid Guidance 104 by ABTT

There is now work ongoing on a short compact for of the guide as an ‘induction guide’ and for use as handouts and on notice boards.

https://stagemanagementassociation.co.uk/news/tuesday-9th-june/

The role of diversity in building adaptive resilience
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The role of diversity in building adaptive resilience

This document aims to support conversations between Arts Council relationship managers and arts organisations, and to support the creative case for diversity in the arts.

The Theatre Green Book 1 – Sustainable Productions
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The Theatre Green Book 1 – Sustainable Productions

The Theatre Green Book is a an initiative by theatre makers and sustainability experts to create common standards and a common method for sustainable theatre. Sustainable Productions, the first volume of the Theatre Green Book, focuses on how to make productions more sustainably.

This short version of Sustainable Productions is designed for smaller companies and productions. It contains exactly the same guidance as the full version, but in a form designed for small teams working under pressure of time and cost.

The longer version gives much more information on the principles behind the Green Book, as well as a toolkit of resources for working sustainably. Sustainable Productions was inspired by the expertise of small scale theatre-makers in creating excellent shows with minimum resource. Sustainable Productions turns that knowledge into a clear path to sustainability.

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The Theatre Green Book 2 – Sustainable Buildings
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The Theatre Green Book 2 – Sustainable Buildings

The Theatre Green Book is an initiative by theatre-makers – guided by sustainability experts Buro Happold – to move theatre towards sustainability.

Early in the initiative, we divided that challenge into three parts: making productions sustainably, making our theatre buildings sustainable, and reviewing theatres’ other operations, from catering three volumes of the Theatre Green Book.

This volume, Sustainable Buildings, shows how to make our theatres more sustainable, even though many of them are ageing and starved of investment. It’s designed for executive directors and facilities managers, for boards, funders, local authorities and designers – for anyone who faces the challenge of taking a theatre building and making it ft for purpose in the context of the climate emergency.

Those theatres include some of our most valued, most loved and most prominent public buildings. If we want theatre to point society towards a sustainable future, then we urgently need to regenerate our theatres to suit a world of life-threatening temperature rise, over-exploited resources, and declining biodiversity. That journey will never be easy – theatre owners know how hard it is to raise funds for investment. But it is essential.

Sustainable Buildings gives theatre clear standards for assessing the challenge, selecting priorities – and setting out on the journey.

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The Theatre Green Book 3 – Sustainable Operations
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The Theatre Green Book 3 – Sustainable Operations

The first two volumes of the Theatre Green Book give theatremakers and companies common standards for the sector’s journey to sustainable practice. Sustainable Productions sets common standards for producing shows sustainably. Sustainable Buildings provides guidance to make theatres fit for purpose in the context of the climate emergency.

This third and last volume, Sustainable Operations, covers everything else theatres do, from catering to rehearsals, offices to travel. Theatre’s impact on the planet is broad. Public buildings use energy. Audiences, staff and performers have to travel.

The numerous operations that theatre needs, from rehearsals through to marketing, selling tickets, collecting waste, running dressing rooms and making coffee, all add to theatre’s footprint.

It isn’t a matter of deciding which is the worst offender and forgetting about the rest. If theatre is to become sustainable, and be seen by the public as sustainable, then it has to review every aspect of what theatre-making means, and rethink every way in which it currently harms the planet.

Building on theatre operators’ own expertise, and the knowledge of theatres who have already begun this journey, Sustainable Operations provides solutions to those challenges, and offers a step-by-step approach to addressing them.