What Is Theatre Bath?
Theatre Bath is a small grassroots community organisation which aims to promote and champion theatre within the Bath and North East Somerset area. We share information across venues, theatre and companies. Theatre Bath strives to support anyone with an interest in theatre and has a completely open policy – it currently works with audience members, students, community theatre groups and professionals.
Theatre Bath was founded in November 2011 by Luke John Emmett as a Twitter account. People soon began to take and interest and the amount of followers flew up so a website and Facebook page were added as well. It now has over 8600 followers on Twitter, 2500 Likes on Facebook and the website is getting upwards of 500 hits daily.
Theatre Bath has successfully run the following events/campaigns already:
Sat In The Park – July 2012 – a fundraising concert in Royal Victoria Park to help raise funds for a local actress to go to drama school. The concert featured many local performers and musicians including ex-students from Bath Spa University
Bath Chronicle Open Review Meeting October 2012 – when the Bath Chronicle threatened to cut all theatre reviews except for the Theatre Royal Main House, Theatre Bath organised an open meeting with the Chronicle editorial team and 105 representatives from the local theatre community which eventually led to them reversing their decision.
Regular Networking Events – Since January 2012 Theatre Bath has run almost monthly informal networking events where anyone with an interest in theatre is welcome to attend and meet others in the same field. There have been many successful partnerships that have been formed from these networking meetings including giving one company the opportunity to perform at the Rondo Theatre
Theatre Bath Radio Show – 2012 – Theatre Bath briefly had a weekly radio show on the newly formed West Country Radio which focused on events and news in the West Country. The show featured interviews with local groups and news on all theatre in the Bath & Bristol area.
Bath Theatre Matters Conference 2013 – under the banner of the My Theatre Matters Campaign which is being run by Equity, The TMA (now UK Theatre) and the Stage Newspaper, Theatre Bath organised a large-scale conference at the Guildhall in Bath. It was attended by over 140 people and featured keynote speeches from key local theatre practitioners and industry professionals from further afield. The day was incredibly successful and plans for the next one are already under way.
- Breaking Boundaries Conference – 2014 – Theatre Bath’s conference focused on the boundaries there are within the performing arts and how to break them. Keynote speakers included: Catherine Comerford from the Stage Newspaper, Emmanuel de Lange from Equity, Oliver Jones from Trestle Theatre and Creativity Works, Andy Burden from the Natural Theatre Company, Jill Bennett from the Theatre Royal Engage Programme and many others. There were performances from Jane McLeod, Bath Dance School and A Band Named Brian.
- Theatre Bath Workshops – 2014-15 – Theatre Bath ran a series of workshops all from the suggestions of the local theatre community. These included Improvisation, Shakespeare, Storytelling, Audition Skills, Lighting Design, Social Media Skills.
- Bridging The Gaps Conference – 2015 – This conference looked at how Bath, Bristol and Wiltshire could work closer together and also issues around accessibility and equality in theatre. Keynote speakers included: Chloe Ellwood (Producer Bristol Old Vic), Hamida Ali (Equity), Kirsty Hoyle (Include Arts).
- Partnership with the Bath Chronicle – 2015
Working with the Bath Chronicle to help increase arts coverage and review coverage of the Arts in Bath.
- Future of Theatre In B&NES – 2016
Consultation requested and funded by B&NES Council to try and create a theatre action plan and strategy for B&NES.
- Save Bath Arts Campaign – 2016 to Present
When B&NES announced plans to cut arts grants Theatre Bath was one of the only arts organisations in Bath to vocally object and campaign against the proposed cuts.
- Theatre Bath Bus – 2016 to Present
The bus which has been funded in large by the community in Bath will launch in April 2017.