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Talawa's production of King Lear at Manchester Royal Exchange - Photo Jonathan Keenan

Extending reach and representation with digital

Start Time:
07/12/2018, 11:00am
End Time:
07/12/2018, 04:00pm
Clore Studio, Donmar Dryden Street, 3 Dryden Street
London WC2E 9NB

About the event

The Space, in partnership with Talawa Theatre and Donmar Warehouse, presents a free workshop exploring ways in which arts organisations are thinking about the stories they tell, the way they tell them and who they are telling them to.

‘Our duty is to tell the stories of this diverse country. We need to tell stories to progress and understand each other.’
Maxine Peake (The Acting Class 2017)

Fiona Morris, CEO and Creative Director of The Space will be joined by artists and directors to discuss how they have challenged their approaches to storytelling, including representation, subjects and settings, and how they have used digital opportunities to extend and diversify their engagement with audiences.

The morning session will focus on producing the work. The questions we’ll consider include: whose stories get told, from what perspective, and what are the opportunities and responsibilities associated with telling and sharing stories digitally?

In the afternoon we’ll look at new distribution and publishing possibilities. How might digital platforms help audiences connect with the stories they want, and what can organisations do to reach audiences beyond their traditional spheres?

A mix of case studies and panel discussions will be interspersed with Q&A sessions and small group discussions.

Our speakers during the day will be:

Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa and director of King Lear

Carly McConnell, Creative Producer, Open Clasp Theatre Company

Javaad Alipoor, writer, actor and director of award winning show The Believers Are But Brothers 

Sarah Fortescue, Head of Distribution, The Space

Alex Fleming, Director of Marketing, Donmar Warehouse – Shakespeare Trilogy

Further information

This workshop is intended for those working in performance arts, who have an interest in using digital technologies and platforms to create and share their work. We have 25 places available. Please call the office on 0121 643 1488 or email if you require assistance in reserving a place.

Registration is from 10.30. First session starts at 11.

This event is kindly hosted by the Donmar Warehouse.

Please note this session will not be held in the main building. Please come to, 3 Donmar Dryden Street, WC2E 9NB.