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Two great theatre training opportunities for February!


Happy New Year…

A bit late, I know, but I hope you had a great holiday season and you were able to create some ‘me’ time.

I know the New Year is a time for thinking of plans for the next year or two ahead, but I thought I’d let you know first about two opportunities for February as they are both likely to sell out and I wouldn’t want you to miss them.

Our first ‘Masterclass’ - and 'An Introduction to Creative Producing’.
The Masterclass is with Guy Masterson.  How to Conquer Edinburgh.  
Tuesday,  6th February, 2018

If you’ve been around for any time, you’ll know of Guy.  King of the Edinburgh Fringe and the master of one-man shows (not a title he relishes, by the way!)  I’ve been working quite closely with him for the last few months and I really think anyone aspiring to make a career as an independent in the arts should take this opportunity to meet him and pick up a few tips about how he has managed to tour the world over 25 Edinburgh Festivals.  He is remarkable in so many ways I think you will find useful.  Not just as a talented performer and an Olivier Award-winner, but his whole attitude is quite refreshing and unique.  Working with Guy has certainly made me reassess a few things and I think it may be the best 15 quid you ever spend!  And talking of that, I wanted the event to be informal and accessible, so I’ve booked a room at a fairly quiet pub, The Wheatsheaf on Rathbone Place (off Oxford Street) in Fitzrovia, W1.  The formal bit will be upstairs, and then we can have our Christmas Party and informal get together downstairs afterwards!

It’s £25 on the door - so I’d encourage you to book in advance (£15) and save a tenner! There’s a virtual ticket too, for £10, but it won’t be the same!
I’m also trying a new box office supplier.  Let me know what you think of them!

Next up, you may have already done the workshop, but here’s the blurb from Maverick anyway…

An Introduction to Creative Producing.
Saturday, 17th February, 2018.
“An M.A. in a day…!”

The acclaimed workshop returns to London. You can also now attend virtually, wherever in the world you live!  Please email for further details or see our Maverick website, www.CreativeProducers.Club . And please spread the word and circulate this e-mail to your colleagues and friends.

This unique workshop takes an overview of British Theatre and Event Production.

It looks at everything needed to put on a show or event or start a production or theatre company, from the local pub, to a national tour, to the West End of London. It will also touch on film and TV opportunities and look at further training and qualifications.

Where do you start?  What is the difference between a Creative Producer and a 'normal’ Producer?  Where do Artistic Directors fit in?  What about finance, the law, choice of plays or musicals? Then there’s employing actors, working with creatives, commissioning new works, copyright, contracts, fundraising, other events, investing in theatre, parties and pitfalls!

It’s for anyone who has ever felt a desire to create theatre or events and promote them.  Writers, investors, marketers, actors or directors or just those who are curious.  The introduction looks at the pros and cons of commercial production, setting up a theatre company and local/national touring.  It covers legal issues, contracts, working with creatives, and securing rights. It will also be useful to anyone who has considered investing in theatre, is interested in event production or is just curious about what a Creative Producer does!

No previous knowledge is assumed.  Previous participants at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and RADA have included students, amateur actors, producers, directors, theatre administrators, arts council officers and writers. The feedback has been unanimously positive, so get in quick!

“An excellent course - Nick combined solid helpings of advice and experience with sprinklings of anecdotal experience, which was a great combination.”   Part Suspended Blog

The course is run by Nick Hennegan. Nick has produced over 80 plays and created numerous events for blue-chip clients and leading ad agencies.  He has a Masters in Creative Producing for Theatre and Live Performance from Birkbeck College, University of London and won a Stage One Bursary from SOLT.  He will also offer signposts to further learning and training.

The cost for the day and all documentation is still only £79.00.  There’s a virtual ticket available too.  Places are limited. Please BOOK HERE.

A COUPLE OF OPPORTUNITIES to get 2018 underway.  Even if you’ve already done the workshop I hope to see you on 6th February.

Best wishes.