Bursary applications now open:
We’ve had some great applications for our bursary places for the Is Theatre Just for Posh People event. We’ve had a few people contact us who missed the deadline asking if they could still apply so to make sure we can support as many people as possible to access the event and also to keep it an open application process we are extending the deadline until 12 noon on Monday 18 Sept. Look forward to hearing from you!
Is Theatre Just For Posh People?
An industry event for Arts Organisations
Thursday 12 October
10:30am – 5pm
St Hilda’s Hall, Matson, Gloucester, GL4 6JG
A one-day-event for Arts industry professionals in the heart of Matson, Gloucester’s largest housing estate, actively exploring the question “is theatre just for posh people?” co-hosted by GL4 festival, Strike A Light and Create Gloucestershire and fabulously supported by Gloucester Services.
Over the last year Strike A Light’s conversation and action around diversity has thought about class:
How do we engage with the predominantly working class audiences who live in Matson, Gloucester’s largest social housing estate?
Gloucester is traditionally known as an area of low cultural engagement, with areas in wards, including Matson ranking in the most deprived fifth of neighbourhoods nationally.
In 2016 we started to work collaboratively with Matson residents and co- produced their first theatre festival; the GL4 Festival.
The GL4 Festival enters its third season in October and are proudly co-hosting this national industry event, is theatre just for posh people?, with Strike A Light and Create Gloucestershire.
What to expect on the day:
It will be informal, action based, conversational, jargon free, with delicious lunch, new performance and brilliant panel speakers including:
Rhiannon White from CommonWealth
Conrad Murray, Beat boxer and Artistic Director of the Beatbox Collective
Syima Aslam, Bradford Literature Festival
Sarah Blowers, Co-artistic director of Strike A Light
Viv Gordon, vivgordon.com
Sarah O’Donnell and Naomi Draper, Creative Producers of the GL4 Festival.
The event will include a performance of Hidden Voices.
About our bursaries:
We have deliberately kept the cost for this event substantially lower than most one day conferences or events but appreciate that for some smaller organisations the cost may still be a barrier.
We have therefore worked with our partners, Create Gloucestershire, Gloucester Culture Trust and Marketing Gloucester to offer 10 free of charge bursary places, meaning a total of 10 organisations and members of their community can attend free of charge. There will be an open application process for these bursary places.
If you would like to be part of the event but the cost means you would otherwise not be able to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you would like to be part of the event and how attending could impact on your organisation and the communities you work with.
Closing date for bursary applications: 12 noon, Monday 18 September
We will contact you as soon as possible following this to confirm if you have a bursary place. Please bear with us during this decision making process.
If you do not wish to apply for this bursary, but are interested in coming to this event, you can CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS
If you would like to stay afterwards both GL4 and Strike A Light Festival will be in full swing; we’d love for you to stay on and see some great work placed in the heart of our communities. Click here to see the full festival programme
What is Is Theatre Just for Posh People?
This is an event for arts and cultural organisations across the UK, interested in engaging new audiences and challenging their approaches to engaging with communities. The idea for the event and suggestions for the event title came from two community producers in Matson, Sarah and Naomi.
Strike A Light have been working with the Matson community, in Gloucester’s largest housing estate for the last year. All of Strike A Light’s events have low cost tickets and we work hard to reach new audiences. We recognised however, that there are other barriers to attending arts activities and so have been working with community leaders in Matson, supporting them to lead and manage their own festival: GL4, bringing world class touring performances to the heart of their community. This has begun a long term partnership. Its success means that a number of national organisations have asked to find out more about this partnership and Sarah and Naomi have been invited to speak at arts industry events.
We wanted to create an event to share our experiences and have invited speakers from organisations, and artists, to share ideas from some of the exciting audience development projects that are happening across the country.
Is Theatre Just for Posh People? is an opportunity for national arts organisations to come together with members from their communities, to explore how to make theatre accessible for all.
Who is organising Is Theatre Just for Posh People?
GL4 Festival- run by Matson residents Sarah O’ Donnell and Naomi Draper- and Strike A Light are organising the event, supported by Create Gloucestershire, Gateway Trust and Gloucester Services.
What is the cost to attend Is Theatre Just for Posh People?
The cost per organisation to attend the full day event, including lunch and a show, for two people is £50. This is a ticket for a member of staff from an arts organisation and a member of a community they are working with or would like to work with i.e. £25 per head covered by the organisation.
We have deliberately kept the cost substantially lower than most one day conferences or events but appreciate that for some smaller organisations the cost may still be a barrier.
We have therefore worked with our partners, Create Gloucestershire, Gloucester Culture Trust and Marketing Gloucester to offer six free of charge bursary places and are offering four free places through our own funds- meaning a total of 10 organisations and members of their community can attend free of charge.