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"We need to keep the traffic between the UK and Europe"

| by Lyn Gardner

The UK outdoor arts scene has welcomed European artists with open arms. Lyn Gardner visits the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, reporting on ambitious new productions from the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands, and talking to Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings about his hopes for the future

"There's an awful lot of British theatre I couldn't programme"

| by Lyn Gardner

Continuing her Culture after Brexit series, Lyn Gardner speaks to Ruth Mackenzie, Artistic Director of the Holland Festival, about taking risks, working with communities and discovering differences between working in Britain and the Netherlands

What does theatre have to say about democracy?

| by Lyn Gardner

In a new series for Culture after Brexit, Lyn Gardner embarks on a journey to explore the dynamics of theatre in the UK and EU. First, she visits this year's Holland Festival to investigate performances from the UK, Netherlands and Germany that feature topical debate, satirical manifestos – and Cate Blanchett

Imagined performances and possible futures

| by Andy Field

Techno-fantasy, ecological terrors and political satire. Forest Fringe’s Andy Field takes us through Imagine 2037, our festival of imagined performances on a hilltop in Edinburgh 20 years from now – which launches on 19 August in Edinburgh and online

Why the theatre industry needs to support critics – before it's too late

| by Alice Saville

While the mainstream press cuts arts coverage – including Lyn Gardner’s influential blog at The Guardian – theatre writing is thriving in specialist publications and online. Yet bloggers are often at the bottom of the hierarchy. Alice Saville of Exeunt argues that we must find new ways to back the next generation of theatre writers

The pros and cons of being an emerging artist

| by Eleanor Turney

Do new artists get more opportunities, or are they at risk of being exploited? Should the performing arts industry find more ways to nurture talent? As Incoming Festival kicks off, Eleanor Turney explores the scene for emerging artists in the UK

Video: Birds of Paradise reimagines The Tempest as a trial by TV

Can you skype a performance? Birds of Paradise performed its new reworking of Shakespeare’s Tempest with a live video link between Hong Kong and Glasgow. Exploring reality TV and social media, the production uses four different languages, including sign language. Watch the artists describe how they made the work

What stops culturally diverse artists in the UK from working internationally?

What problems do black, Asian and minority ethnic artists face when they want to work overseas? What steps can we take to address these problems? We asked you to help us answer these questions. In the first of a series of two blogs, read the rich range of responses we received from artists and producers

What does punk mean to today’s young theatre makers?

| by Hannah Nicklin

Is punk relevant for UK performance makers in their 20s and 30s? How does this generation view DIY practices and their relationship to technology, race and class? In the second of our two features on punk and performance, Hannah Nicklin speaks to Rachael Clerke and Selina Thompson – both of whom appear at In Between Time 2017 – and to genre-fluid performers Action Hero


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