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.


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.

Theatre Tax Relief
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Theatre Tax Relief

Graham Suggett, of Creative Tax Reliefs, explains who qualifies, how to start the process, and what your company could be entitled to claim.

These Books Are Made For Walking Visual Story
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These Books Are Made For Walking Visual Story

Slavka Jovanović, Education Consultant at Crying Out Loud, has recently created a Visual Story for THESE BOOKS ARE MADE FOR WALKING, a show created by Bikes & Rabbits and supported by Crying Out Loud.

A Visual Story is a visual resource that prepares the audience for the show they are coming to see. It is a step-by-step guide to what to expect in the performance, including all the spoilers. It is normally used to prepare people for a Relaxed Performance. This is a performance that has a more relaxed attitude to noise and movement and may include some changes to the light and sound effects. Relaxed Performances have been well received by children, young people and adults with autism, communication difficulties and other learning disabilities and neurological conditions, such as Tourette’s syndrome. The Visual Story is one of several important components to creating a successful Relaxed Performance experience.

You are welcome to use this Visual Story as a guide to making your own, or contact Slavka Jovanović to create resources on your behalf. She also delivers training to artists and venues on creating and supporting Relaxed Performances. Her contact details are: Slavka.j[at]googlemail.com or 07969 442557.

Things to remember when invoicing
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Things to remember when invoicing

Top tips for when you have to create an invoice, from our very own Invoice Queen and General Manager, Katie Williams.

Things to think about when programming outdoor work
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Things to think about when programming outdoor work

Katy Snelling, the Programmer of Oxford Playhouse and Burton Taylor Studio, gives some advice about things to consider when programming outdoor work for your venue.

Thoughts about decision making – Keith Arrowsmith
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Thoughts about decision making – Keith Arrowsmith

This is warm-hearted summary created by Keith Arrowsmith for house's network afternoon tea about 'Making Difficult Decisions'. We hope it can lend some reassurance during a difficult time.

Tips for working remotely when you’re deaf (with BSL videos) – Jo Wootten
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Tips for working remotely when you’re deaf (with BSL videos) – Jo Wootten

Copy and paste this link if button is broken: https://limpingchicken.com/2020/03/23/jo-wooten-tips-for-working-remotely-when-youre-deaf-with-bsl-videos/

Top 10 tips for communicating with a person with dementia
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Top 10 tips for communicating with a person with dementia

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

Top ten press tips
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Top ten press tips

Ten top tips for press liaison and campaigns from house Associate Journalist Catherine Love.

Top Tip for touring to Libraries from Wizard Presents
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Top Tip for touring to Libraries from Wizard Presents

Following an extensive tour of I Believe in Unicorns to both libraries and theatre spaces, Danyah Miller from Wizard Presents shares her top tips for companies and artists looking to do a similar model.

Top tips for applying for Strategic Touring funding from Arts Council England
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Top tips for applying for Strategic Touring funding from Arts Council England

Michelle Dickson, Director, Touring, for Arts Council England has listed 14 tips to consider when thinking about applying for Strategic Touring funding.

Top tips for rural touring
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Top tips for rural touring

Janice Brittain, Tour Booker for Farnham Maltings, gives her top tips for companies thinking about touring rurally.