RESOURCES

A bunch of useful articles, downloads, links, templates and tools. The focus is mainly regional, but there are lots of relevant national and international resources too. We’ve duplicated resources if they fit into more than one category.

We’re constantly adding new resources so check back often, and if you know of something we should add, get in touch!

Accessible Theatre Guide
This website provides a step-by-step guide to working on captioned, audio described and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreted performances.
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Arts Council England’s Access Support Resources
Advice and guidance for those with additional access needs who want to apply for ACE funding.
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Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia-Friendly Arts Guide
Produced by the Alzheimer’s Society, this Dementia-Friendly Arts Guide is based on best practice examples of the work going on across the country to support people affected by dementia and using arts venues. The three key areas covered are community engagement, accessibility and programming.
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Arts Access For All Facebook Group
Set up by British Sign Language (BSL) Interpreters Dan Handscomb (from Birmingham) and Sarah Gatford (from Derby) after the first East Meets West Symposium in 2017. The group provides resources and advice on making the arts more accessible.
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Attitude Is Everything
A disability-led charity with 18 years of experience supporting non-profit and commercial organisations to make what they do more accessible and inclusive for d/Deaf and disabled people.
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Signposts to some key resources from Attitude Is Everything:

Access Starts Online Guide
A guide to helping you develop venue and festival online access guides.
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DIY Access Guide
A collection of ‘top tip’ lists and easy to follow ‘gig hacks’ to help any band, artist or promoter link up with a venue to make a gig as accessible as possible, even if a stage is up or down a flight of stairs. It focuses on music gigs, but much of it is relevant to theatre events.
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The Difference Engine
Designed by Coventry-based theatre company Talking Birds, The Difference Engine is a discreet new tool for making events and performance accessible to partially-sighted, d/Deaf or hard of hearing audience members by delivering captioning or audio description direct to their mobile device.
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Ramps On The Moon
Led by New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Ramps on the Moon brings together a collaborative network of six National Portfolio Organisation theatres including New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nottingham Playhouse, Leeds Playhouse, Sheffield Theatres and strategic partner Graeae Theatre. Together they provide training and produce large-scale intergrated access co-productions.
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Shape Art & Unlimited’s Accessible Marketing Guide
A guide for those working in the arts to ensure that their communications are inclusive of disabled people. Produced by Shape Arts in collaboration with Unlimited.
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Signed Culture
Signed Culture is an organisation which supports and promotes British Sign Language (BSL) access to the arts in the UK.
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Stagetext
Stagetext is a registered charity which provides captioning and live subtitling services to theatres and other arts venues to make their activities accessible to people who are d/Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.
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The Technical Theatre BSL (British Sign Language) Project
The Technical Theatre BSL (British Sign Language) Project aims to promote technical theatre for d/Deaf people, including providing access to training and employment in technical theatre.
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Signposts to some key resources from The Technical Theatre BSL (British Sign Language) Project:

Technical Theatre BSL Glossary
A glorrary of technical theatre terms interpreted in BSL.
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Unlimited’s Demystifying Access Guide
Produced by Unlimited, this guide is for producers and performance makers who want to create better access for audiences to the performing arts.
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VocalEyes
VocalEyes works to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have the best possible opportunities to experience and enjoy art and heritage through the use of audio description.
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Amplify
Nottingham Playhouse’s artist development programme and a hub for artists where ideas can be shared, challenged and grown.
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Birmingham Dance Network (BDN)
Birmingham Dance Network is the go-to support network for independent dance artists, choreographers and teachers who live and work in and around Birmingham. The network creates opportunities to connect with and discover other artists, choreographers and teachers. In partnership with DanceXchange, they offer weekly professional classes which are led by a combination of local, national and international teachers and companies.
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DanceXchange
DanceXchange is a Birmingham-based dance organisation dedicated to making and showing great dance. They set out to involve artists and the wider community in their work and offer a regular programme of training and classes.
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Graduates Unleashed
Founded by graduates of the Applied Performance course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Graduates Unleashed are a group of young creatives who believe in the power of the arts to support young people to take their first steps into their futures. They curate a rolling programme of events and training activities.
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In Good Company
The flagship professional creative and business development programme for theatre makers and companies in the Midlands, providing mentorship, business support, resources and high-profile performance opportunities. In Good Company operates from Derby Theatre and its network of partner venues include: Arena Theatre (Wolverhampton); Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester); The Brewhouse Arts Centre (Burton-on-Trent); Curve Theatre (Leicester); Lincolnshire One Venues; New Diorama (London); Nonsuch Studios (Nottingham); Nottingham Playhouse and The Old Library.
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REP Foundry
Birmingham REP’s development programme offering year round support to writers, theatre makers and directors. Artists receive mentorship, have access to the staff and resources of The REP and have budgets to make, share and test work.
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Rural Touring Dance Initiative
Since 2015 the NRTF have joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate to launch an innovative initiative for making and touring dance performances to and for rural areas. Originally a 3 year project, RTDI has now been extended for a further 3 years making the project live until summer 2021.
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The Party Somewhere Else
A Nottingham-based collective of maverick creatives who happen to be women. The Part Somewhere Else create events that showcase work where women / non-binary artists have at least 50% of the creative agency. Events include scratch and open mic nights, and an annual festival.
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Pilot Nights
Running for over ten years, Pilot Nights is a West Midlands scratch night providing a space where theatre-makers can develop their work and try out new ideas in front of a lively and supportive crowd. The pieces presented are all works-in-progress and each event is co-curated by a guest artist.
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Springboard
The Belgrade Theatre (Coventry)’s initiative to support early stage artists and companies. Through Springboard the Belgrade provides training opportunities (such as paid Trainee Assistant Director posts) as well as office space, mentoring, communications and fundraising support.
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Association of Lighting Designers (ALD)
The ALD is the professional body representing all those who work or are interested in the creation of lighting, video & projection design for live performance and events.
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BECTU
BECTU is the UK’s media and entertainment trade union, representing more than 40,000 staff, contract and freelance workers in creative industries.
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Equity
Equity is a union of more than 45,000 performers and creative practitioners, united in the fight for fair terms and conditions in the workplace.
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The Musicians Union
The Musician’s Union represents over 31,000 musicians working right across the music industry.
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The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB)
The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) is a trade union representing professional writers in TV, film, theatre, radio, books, comedy, poetry, animation and videogames.
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Arts Council England funds a network of ten Bridge Organisations to connect the cultural sector and the education sector so that children & young people can have access to great arts and cultural opportunities. The organisations work with local schools, art organisations, museums, libraries, music education hubs, local authorities, further and higher institutions and many other partners to develop a network of cultural provision.

There are two Bridge Organisations within the Midlands:

Arts Connect (West Midlands)
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The Mighty Creatives (East Midlands)
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National Bridge Organations:

Culture Bridge (North East)
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We are IVE (Yorkshire and the Humber)
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Curious Minds (North West)
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A New Direction (London)
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Royal Opera House Bridge (East, covering Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and North Kent)
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Festival Bridge (East, covering Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Peterborough and Suffolk)
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Artswork (South East)
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Real Ideas Organisation (South West)
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HMRC’s Guide to Self-Employed Allowable Expenses
A list of allowable expenses that can be included on your tax return.
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SJ Watkinson’s Tax Calculation Spreadsheet
Every year, Birmingham-based producer SJ Watkinson kindly shares her tax calculation spread sheet for those struggling with their self-assessment tax return.
Google Document for 1917/18 Tax Return
Google Document for 2018/19 Tex Return

#CultureDeclaresEmergency
Arts and Culture organisations and individuals declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency. This toolkit explains why and helps you take part.
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Julie’s Bicycle
Julie’s Bicycle is a London based charity that supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. We believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to transform the conversation around climate change and translate it into action. They run a rich programme of events, free resources and public speaking engagements, which contribute to national and international climate change policy development.
Website / Twitter / Facebook

Arts Council England (ACE)
ACE champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. Through various funding streams (including National Lottery supported Project Grants) they support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
National: Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
Midlands: Website / Twitter

Signposts to key resources from Arts Council England (ACE):

Arts Council England’s Access Support
Advice and guidance from Arts Council England about Access. It includes resources for those with additional access needs who want to apply for funding.
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Arts Council England’s Advice & Guidance Library
A large searable library of advice and guidance for a range of activities, from applying for funding and running your own business to developing audiences to learning and education resources.
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The Baring Foundation
The Baring Foundation was set up in 1969 to give money to charities and voluntary organisations set up for charitable purposes. They have specific grants programmes concerned with strengthening the voluntary sector, the arts and international development.
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The Belgae Trust
The Belgae Trust is a small family run charitable trust which was founded in 2016. We support a range of different causes relating to IT, Health, Education, Arts and the Environment or small scale innovative combinations of all these.
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British Film Institute (BFI)
The lead body for film in the UK. The film fund distributes Lottery funds to support film makers in the UK who are emerging or world class and capable of creating distinctive and entertaining work.
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The Clore Duffield Foundation
The foundation is a grant-making charity which concentrates its support on education, the arts, museum and gallery education, health, social care and disability, placing a particular emphasis on supporting children, young people and more vulnerable people such as people with learning disabilities.
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Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
The foundation is one of the largest independent foundations that provide grants in the UK. Approximately 75 per cent of its Arts & Heritage grants budget go to the arts and 25 per cent to heritage projects.
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The Foyle Foundation
The foundation is an independent trust that gives grants to UK charities whose main work is in the areas of learning, art and health. Its priorities are to help make the arts more accessible by developing new audiences, supporting tours, festivals and arts education projects, encouraging new work, and supporting young and emerging artists.
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John Feeney Charitable Trust
A long established Birmingham grant-making trust which priorities applications about the arts, heritage and open spaces.
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National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
Runs various funding schemes to encourage UK talent and innovation in science, technology and art industries.
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The National Lottery Community Fund (previously known at the Big Lottery Fund)
Provides funding for charities, voluntary organisations, and projects that improve the health, education and environment of communities. Distributes funs from the National Lottery.
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The National Lottery Heritage Fund (previously known as the Heritage Lottery Fund)
The National Lottery Heritage Fund helps communities to celebrate, look after and learn more about our heritage.
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The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
The arts programme encourages new ways for people in the UK to enjoy, experience and be involved in the arts. Funding benefits organisations and groups through the grants scheme and special projects.
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The Peter De Haan Charitable Trust
The trust aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK through its work with arts, environmental and social welfare organisations. Grants are awarded to organisations that provide opportunities to take part in the arts in educational and community settings, especially for people or groups with limited access to the arts.
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The Prince’s Trust
The trust provides training, financial help, grants and other support for people aged 14 – 30.
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Sir Barry Jackson Trust
Based on money left by Sir Barry Jackson (founder of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre), the Trust funds small-scale, touring and educational theatre projects in the West Midlands.
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Youth Music
A UK-wide charity that targets young people living in areas of social and economic need. The charity funds music activities run by not-for-profit organisations for people aged up to 18.
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Health & Safety Executive
The Health & Safety Executive’s mission is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health. This government website features information, tools and advice about your legal responsibilities around heath and safety at work.
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British Council – Theatre & Dance
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and education opportunities. The council’s Theatre and Dance team consists of a group of performing arts professionals with specialist knowledge about international opportunities for theatre and dance. They share and advocate for contemporary UK performance and relationships with other countries through projects such as tours, workshops and collaborations. In odd numbered years the British Council curates a showcase as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
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Caravan
Caravan is Farnham Maltings’ international strand of work. It is designed to encourage England based theatre makers to think and work internationally. Caravan encompasses a biennial showcase in partnership with Brighton Festival, on-going and one-off projects with international partners and professional development opportunities for artists.
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Signposts to key resources from Caravan:

A Guide To International Touring
This guide can help you make sense of an often bewildering to-do list while offering practical advice and alerts of how to avoid potential problems.
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Top Tips For International Touring
An easy-to-read guide outlining the main things to consider when touring internationally.
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Informal European Theatre Meeting (IETM)
IETM is an international network for contemporary performing arts. They hold two plenary meetings a year in different European cities, and smaller meetings all over the world. They also commission publications and research projects, facilitate communication and distribution of information, and advocate for the value of performing arts.
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Arts Council England’s Culture Change Toolkit
Curated by Arts Council England, this toolkit will help you follow best practice in recruiting and developing a diverse workforce and leadership. The toolkit contains case studies and best practice examples from the arts and culture sector and beyond, with guidance on how to recruit and support diverse talent in an organisation, and how to capture and use diversity data.
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Arts Council England’s Recruitment and Workforce Development Toolkit
Curated by Arts Council England, this toolkit provides best practice downloadable resources, templates and guidance, such as: advertising a job and job descriptions, access to work, managing employee and workplace stress, conducting board skills audits and more. It covers boards and leadership, recruitment (both attracting and selecting) and retention of staff through good workplace practices.
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Arts Job Finder
Arts Professional’s jobs and opportunities directory. You can also sign up for a weekly job alert email.
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Arts Jobs
Arts Council England’s jobs and opportunities directory, listing adverts for a range of job opportunities within the art and culture sector.
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Independent Theatre Council’s Rates of Pay
The Independent Theatre Council negotiates minimum rates of pay with major industry unions. Available to non-members.
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Arts Marketing Association (AMA)
One of Arts Council England‘s Sector Support Organisations, the Arts Marketing Association helps people working in arts and cultural organisations reach more audiences. They provide training, events and resources.
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Call It A Tenner
Call It A Tenner is a new collection of essays and case studies that debunks the myths and legends surrounding pricing in the arts. Commissioned by Arts Council England and written by some of the leading names in the arts, it provides a fresh perspective on the art of pricing.
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CultureHive
CultureHive is a free online resource library for culture professionals that brings the collective intelligence of the sector together in one place – by you, for you. It’s run by the Arts Marketing Association (AMA) – a diverse team of people passionate about engaging the public in arts, heritage and culture. Sharing expertise through training and networking events, members work together to influence the sector.
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Festivals are listed in month order.

Check-In Festival
Month: April
Genre: Artist Development / Work-In-Progress / New Work
In Good Company’s annual mini-festival which precedes their main Departure Lounge Festival later in the year. A two-day event featuring performances, networking, discussions and workshops.
Website | Twitter | Facebook

Shoot Festival
Month: April
Genre: Artist Development / Work-In-Progress / New Work
An annual artist-led festival which showcases the best of Coventry and Warwickshire’s up and coming talent.
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

The Party Somewhere Else
Month: May
Genre: Women & Non-Binary Led Theatre
An annual festival in Nottingham celebrating work where women / non-binary artists have at least 50% of the creative agency.
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Furtherest From The Sea
Month: June
Genre: Outdoor / Family
Furtherest From The Sea celebrates the best of Derbyshire’s home-grown arts, music and comedy.
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

BE Festival
Month: July
Genre: International
BE Festival (shortened from Birmingham European Festival) takes place annually in July at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Each year a daring and innovative programme of boundary pushing theatre, dance, comedy, circus, music, visual and performing arts takes place turning the theatre’s rarely seen backstages into a den of creativity, discovery and exchange where diverse cultures are celebrated.
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Departure Lounge Festival
Month: August
Genre: Artist Development / Work-In-Progress / New Work
A four-day event produced by In Good Company featuring performances, networking, discussions and workshops.
Website | Twitter | Facebook

Derby Festé
Month: September
Genre: Outdoor / Family
Derby Festé features a packed programme of spectacular family entertainment featuring a host of international, national and regional artists and performers. Produced and presented by Déda with support from cultural partners Derby LIVE, QUAD and Derby Theatre in association with the Without Walls Associate Touring Network.
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Fierce Festival
Month: October
Genre: Live Art
Fierce Festival is one of the UK’s most respected festivals of Live Art. The festival embraces theatre, dance, music, installations, activism, digital practices and parties. Based in Birmingham, Fierce fills the city with performances in theatres, galleries and other out-of-the-ordinary spaces.
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Shout Festival
Month: November
Genre: Queer Arts
Shout grew out of a desire to celebrate and promote the diversity of Birmingham’s LGBT cultural community. Launching in 2009, SHOUT Festival (a project of Birmingham LGBT) was created as a direct response to a significant lack of representation for of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer in Birmingham’s arts venues.
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Bite Size & First Bite
Month: Varies
Genre: Artist Development / Work-In-Progress / New Work
Bite Size and its sister festival First Bite exist to support, commission and showcase new work from the Midlands. Curated by China Plate, the activity runs across four public events and includes a fully supported commissioning process for three regional theatre makers.
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Midlands venues that support and/or programme independent work:

Arena Theatre (Wolverhampton) – partner venue of In Good Company
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Attenborough Arts Centre (Leicester) – partner venue of In Good Company
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Belgrade Theatre (Coventry)
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Birmingham Hippodrome
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Birmingham REP
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The Brewhouse Arts Centre (Burton-on-Trent) – partner venue of In Good Company
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Curve Theatre (Leicester) – partner venue of In Good Company
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Déda (Derby)
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Derby Theatre – lead venue of In Good Company
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Guildhall Arts Centre (Grantham) – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Lakeside Arts (Nottingham)
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Lichfield Garrick
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Lincoln Drill Hall – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Louth Riverhead Theatre – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Metronome (Nottingham)
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Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham)
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New Diorama (London) – not in the Midlands, but a partner venue of In Good Company
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New Vic Theatre (Stoke)
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Newhampton Arts Centre (Wolverhampton)
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Nonsuch Studios (Nottingham) – partner venue of In Good Company
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Nottingham Playhouse – partner venue of In Good Company
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Old Joint Stock Theatre (Birmingham)
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The Old Library (Mansfield) – partner venue of In Good Company
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The Old Rep Theatre (Birmingham)
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Royal & Derngate (Northampton)
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South Holland Centre (Spalding) – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Stamford Arts Centre – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Terry O’Toole Theatre (North Hykeham) – part of Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV)
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Theatre Absolute’s Shop Front Theatre (Coventry)
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Upstairs at the Western (Leicester)
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Warwick Arts Centre
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The Y Theatre (Leicester)
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The Culture Diary
The Culture Diary is a free worldwide calendar of UK culture including private, media, industry and public events all uploaded by over 9,000 UK organisations covering every art form. It also allows members to connect with other arts organisations and develop partnerships to support major campaigns and international exchanges.
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East Meets West – Membership Directory
A searchable directory of everyone who has created a member profile on eastmeetswest.org.uk.
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East Meets West – Twitter List
A Twitter list curated by Little Earthquake and populated by members of the Midlands’ independent theatre sector. Visiting the list is a great way of seeing a snapshot of what we’re all currently up to.
Twitter

Theatre Cuppa
Informal and relaxed gatherings for those working in the Midlands’ independent theatre sector. Organised by Ali Belbin and Rochi Rampal.
Facebook

Outdoor Arts UK
OutdoorArtsUK is a national membership and strategic organisation that aims to bring together the many diverse parts of the outdoor arts sector. OutdoorArtsUK celebrates the wonderful work, amazing talent and tremendous achievements of the brilliant individuals, companies and organisations working in this most accessible of art forms.
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Without Walls
Without Walls is a consortium of festivals and organisations dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector, promoting artistic excellence and supporting innovative new work for the benefit of artists and audiences.
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Arts Professional
Arts Professional aims to deliver a quality news and information about the arts sector. You can also sign up for a regular round-up email.
Website | Twitter | Facebook

The Guardian Stage
Nationwide theatre reviews and listings can be accessed online, and the jobs subsection allows users to easily access theatre-related jobs across the UK.
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The Stage
The Stage is a British weekly newspaper and website covering the entertainment industry, and particularly theatre. It was founded in 1880. It contains news, reviews, opinion, features, and recruitment advertising, mainly directed at those who work in theatre and the performing arts.
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What’s On Stage
Britain’s biggest theatre website. It covers news, reviews, features, interviews and listings for the entire country. The site has been online since 1997.
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Arts Alive
Arts Alive promote professional arts and film events in partnership with local people. The scheme covers Shropshire, Herefordshire and the surrounding areas.
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Black Country Touring
Black Country Touring brings professional touring theatre and dance from the UK and beyond to the local communities of the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton). They work with local people in the Black Country to programme this work into places where the local community can get to see it – these might be schools, community centres, libraries or art galleries.
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Live & Local
One of the largest rural touring schemes in the country, Live & Local supports a network of voluntary organisations who bring their communities together to enjoy high-quality, entertaining and affordable professional live theatre, storytelling, music, dance and film screenings in their local village hall, church or school. The scheme covers Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Worcestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Leicestershire. Live & Local also runs the DART (Developing Artists For Rural Touring) Scheme.
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The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)
A member led organisation that works strategically with partners to develop work and deliver high quality art experiences that strengthen rural and other communities. NRTF provides training, information and networking services.
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Northants Touring Arts
Rural and community touring scheme, Northants Touring Arts provides access to high quality arts events throughout Northamptonshire. We support a network of voluntary promoters across the county to host professional performances and workshops bringing communities together where they live. The scheme is run by New Perspectives.
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Black Theatre Live
Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of eight regional theatres, committed to effecting change for Black and Asian touring theatre. Led by Tara Arts (London), the consortium includes Derby Theatre, Key Theatre (Peterborough), The Lighthouse (Poole), Queens Hall Arts (Hexham), Stratford Circus Arts Centre (London), Theatre Royal (Bury St Edmunds) and Theatre Royal (Margate).
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Culture Central
Culture Central is a collective voice and development agency for culture and the creative industries in Birmingham and the wider region.
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East Meets West
A network curated by Little Earthquake which reduces barriers and encourages collaboration between and within the East and West Midlands’ independent theatre communities. For everyone working in the industry from artists to programmers, general managers to technicians.
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East Meets West Facebook Group
A Facebook group for the East Meets West network.
Facebook

Family Arts Campaign
The Family Arts Campaign is a national Sector Support Organisation funded by Arts Council England to raise family engagement with arts and culture. They offer a support network, training and a wide range of resources, case studies and toolkits.
Website | Twitter

Independent Dance Management Network
An independent dance producing network offering shared knowledge, professional development, training and advocacy.
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Independent Theatre Council (ITC)
A membership organisation which represents, supports and develops the professional independent performing arts in the UK. They provide a wealth of advice on management, financial and legal matters, peer learning, training opportunities and a professional network.
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The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF)
A member led organisation that works strategically with partners to develop work and deliver high quality art experiences that strengthen rural and other communities. NRTF provides training, information and networking services.
Website | Twitter | Facebook

UK Theatre
UK Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre and performing arts membership organisation. Their vision is to see a well-connected and well-supported theatre sector that is recognised as being at the heart of UK life, with thriving organisations, the world’s greatest creative and managerial talent and ever larger and more diverse audiences.
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Signposts to key resources from UK Theatre:

Producing, Presenting & Touring Handbook 2019
A guide to producing, presenting and touring work across the UK. Published in collaboration between UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre (SOLT)

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UK Theatre Producers Facebook Group
A busy Facebook group for theatre producers. A space to ask questions, provide resources, offer advice and create an online community for those making theatre in the UK. Moderated by Producer Jake Orr and Theatre-Maker Leo Burtin.
Facebook

The Big House
The Big House is to help Creative and Digital businesses to grow and create new jobs in the East Midlands, from potential start-ups and new
entrepreneurs, to established SMEs looking to expand and bring new products and services to market. Support on offer includes one-to- one advice, workshops, networking events and grant funding. The programme is part-funded by a £2.5 million contribution from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s ESIF allocation.
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Government Business Links
An exhaustive government-centric information source offering practical advice for business across all sectors. Find out about tax, employment law, health & safety and much more here.
Business & Self-Employment Website
Employing People Website
Revenue & Customs Website

Independent Theatre Council (ITC)
ITC offers a popular rolling programme of training events for members and non-members working in the independent sector.
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The Optimists
The Optimists is China Plate’s training course for emerging theatre makers and aspiring producers. The course offers offers an insider’s view of navigating the independent theatre industry and getting your work out there.
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Stage One
Stage One supports new UK theatre producers and productions and are committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes. If you are an aspiring theatre producer, Stage One can help get you onto the first rung of your career ladder, and turn your entrepreneurial ideas and ambitions into reality.
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China Plate’s Artist Wellbeing Policy
Working in collaboration with artist wellbeing practitioner Louise Platt, China Plate has developed its own Artist Wellbeing Policy that is intended as an open resource in order to promote good practice in the wider sector.
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Equity’s Safe Spaces Campaign & Toolkit
Following #MeToo and 2017’s disturbing spate of revelations, Equity formed a working group to figure out how to address our industry’s sexual harassment crisis. The result was the Safe Spaces campaign that includes a toolkit of resources including the Agenda for Change report and a new helpline. Equity has also developed a safe spaces statement to be read at the beginning of every new rehearsal period, read through, workshop or project.
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Signposts to key resources from Equity’s Safe Spaces Toolkit:

Agenda For Change Report (PDF)
Safe Spaces Statement Postcard (PDF)
Safe Spaces Campaign & Harassment Helpline Poster (PDF)

Guide To Stage Intimacy
Created in New York City in 2017 by three graduate acting professors and one of their former students, The Guide to Stage Intimacy offers a step-by-step approach to developing and rehearsing moments of sexual intimacy on stage.
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Ita O’Brien’s Intimacy On Set Guidelines
Ita O’Brien is an Intimacy Coordinator and Movement Director for film, television, and theatre. For the last five years she has been developing best practice when working with intimacy, scenes with sexual content, and nudity in film, TV, and theatre. She has developed a set of guidelines around this work for others to follow.
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Lou Platt’s Artist Wellbeing
An artist wellbeing website and blog, created by Birmingham-based wellbeing practitioner Louise Platt.
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The Royal Court’s No Grey Areas Campaign and Resources
Following #MeToo, the Royal Court took a lead in helping the industry find new ways to take responsibility for bullying, harassment and unwanted sexual attention. It published two resources to share learning and offers them as guides for others to adopt as their own:
Bullying, Harassment and Unwanted Sexual Attention Policy Website
Code of Behaviour to Prevent Sexual Harassment and Abuses of Power Website