7 years ago today Luke set up a Twitter account with the sole idea of sharing info about all theatre shows in Bath – without comment or bias. Just one place that contained all of the info. It quickly snowballed and soon after a website and Facebook page were added and eventually show reviews and it became the Theatre Bath you know today.
It’s been quite a journey which sadly is now coming to a close.
We’ve done a lot of things we’re really proud of…
From organising the public meeting with the Bath Chronicle editorial team attended by over 105 members of the arts community when arts coverage and reviews were threatened and eventually getting the Chronicle to reverse their decision. To later working in partnership with the Bath Chronicle to help increase arts coverage and reviews.
Bringing the fabulous Laura Morris onboard to help run the website and upload press releases and reviews. Laura was an absolute legend and really helped Theatre Bath to move forwards.
To our first conference where Zoe Bailey joined the team as Associate Director and stayed with us until last year becoming an integral part of Theatre Bath (and later the Theatre Bus) and an all-around legend. Claire Seymour also joined us for the conference which led to us working closely with Bath College students who helped run the conference, took care of the live streaming and updating our social media live throughout the day. We were lucky enough to have an amazing line up of local and national speakers including our dear friend WestEnd Producer who has supported us continuously. And of course our host with the most Jon Monie who compered all three of our conferences for us.
Our second conference saw the fabulous Sarah Luscombe join the team to help run events which boosted us up to a core team of four.
We have reviewed more shows than we can count, have shared thousands of posts across social media and have amassed a huge following across the local area and the industry.
We’re grateful for the continued good relationship with Equity and our local branch, Equity Bristol & West General Branch who have always supported us and offered advice when we needed it. We would also like to thank Arts Council England for all of their support, particularly Phil Hindson for all of his help and advice.
And to Peter and Ann from B&NES Arts Development. We simply wouldn’t be where we are without having you at the end of the phone/email. Your support and belief have been above and beyond so thank you for everything you have done for the arts in BANES. You will be missed!
To all the local venues and companies we have worked with and supported. All of the artists we’ve met and connected with. The amazing and thriving amateur scene in Bath. And our brilliant team of reviewers. Thank you all for your support.
A special thank you to the Rondo Theatre and all who sail in her. They have supported and backed us 100% from day one.
Thank you to everyone who supported projects which spurned out of Theatre Bath as an offshoot such as the The Theatre Bath Bus.
We hope we have made a small difference to Bath and the surrounding areas.
The Theatre Bath Network Facebook Group will remain open. Please continue to use it and share your information. There are over 1000 members in there now – all from the local area and all with an interest in Theatre. It’s a valuable and free tool for you to use as you see fit.
Join the group here:
The website will remain online until December. If you want a copy of a review of one of your shows then grab it before then or it will be gone into the ether.
Going forwards our friends at Bath Echo have agreed to continue running reviews of shows. We have already put them in contact with Petra, John and Phil who have agreed to continue reviewing via them. Please email .uk to book all future show reviews.
To anyone we’ve forgotten to thank – it’s not intentional. There have been so many wonderful people who have helped us over the last 7 years with everything from advice, to graphic design to marketing and legal. We feel blessed to have worked with so many of you and to have had your support and help so thank you.
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for an amazing 7 years. Keep doing amazing and inspiring things. And most importantly never stop dreaming and having the bravery to turn those dreams into reality. Now, more than ever, the world needs to harness the power of creativity and creative thinking. You have that in abundance.
Be bold. Be brave. And keep on creating and inspiring.
Thank you all!
Love, Light and peace. X ❤️