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Confessions of a live art programmer

| by Aaron Wright

What is 'good' and 'bad' work? Are we just looking to see ourselves represented? Should we rethink curating? As Fierce Festival opens in Birmingham, Artistic Director Aaron Wright shares some blazingly honest reflections on life, art and live art

“Deafblind people are the least integrated into society”

| by Viktoria Avdeeva

In Touch – a new inclusive play from Russia created with Graeae’s Jenny Sealey – lands at the National Theatre on 14 October. Producer Viktoria Avdeeva tells us how her work with deafblind actors has challenged perceptions and changed lives

How the Royal Court puts the world at the heart of its work

| by Eleanor Turney

This autumn sees new plays by writers from Chile, Syria and Ukraine at the Royal Court. Eleanor Turney explores the theatre’s workshop programmes around the world, which have had a profound influence on international and UK artists alike

A dance towards gender equality in the UK and India

| by Sarah Shead

There’s a lack of support for female choreographers in the UK and many other countries. Sarah Shead tells us how 2Faced Dance aims to change this and why its new touring programme features an all-female line-up of British and Indian dancemakers – plus watch the company's video diary in India

Will Edinburgh continue to be a marketplace for European theatre?

| by Lyn Gardner

Acclaimed companies from Europe, such as Ontroerend Goed and Aurora Nova, have built their international reputations at the Edinburgh Fringe. Producers from Belgium, Germany, Finland and the Czech Republic tell Lyn Gardner why the Fringe is a crucial date for them – and whether they will continue to head there after Brexit

Round up: Edinburgh Showcase 2017

| by Harriet Guest

29 outstanding UK companies, over 200 delegates from 40 countries and one week in Edinburgh marked the 20th anniversary of our Edinburgh Showcase — which showcases some of the best contemporary UK theatre and dance. Catch up on our highlights, tips, interviews, pictures, and artists to keep an eye on in 2017.

Round up: Visit imaginary futures with Imagine 2037

| by Harriet Guest

Dystopias, rituals, flooding and drones. For Imagine 2037, we commissioned eight artists who are migrants, living all over the world, to write about an imaginary performance in 20 years' time. Check out what they created...

Making a new future at the Holland Festival

| by Lyn Gardner

Major theatremakers are speaking directly to how we live now. In the third of Lyn Gardner's dispatches from the Holland Festival, she encounters Dries Verhoeven's political fairground ride, Vincent Macaigne's ugly-beauitful dream, Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell's riff on madness and Ivo van Hove's dissection of obsession


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