Attitude Is Everything is looking for Future Leaders for their new Programme launching soon

Here’s a great initiative! The innovative arts company Attitude is Everything is seeking 10 people at the early stage of their career in the music industry to join their ambitious and exciting new Future Leaders support scheme in 2022.

In a statement, AiE says: “We believe that the music and live events industry can only be accessible if people who are Deaf, disabled, neurodivergent or have long-term physical or mental health conditions can succeed in leadership positions. Across 2022 we plan to support ten people who are early or entering their careers in the music industry to develop their knowledge, skills and breadth of experience to support them to become industry leaders of the future.

The Future Leaders Programme is part of our National Lottery funded Beyond the Music initiative, which seeks to get more Deaf and disabled people working in the music industry.

Because each Future Leader’s journey will be bespoke to them, no leader will get the exact same experience but areas we want to support the Future Leaders over the course of the year include:

Accessing mentorship opportunities
Finding and applying for work placements
Understanding the breadth and variety of roles in the music and live events sector
Learning how to become specialists in accessibility work, if that is what you want to do.
Practical skills for freelance work such as invoicing clients or managing self-employment.
Introductions to senior figures within the music industry
Opportunities to shadow meetings and learn about new areas of work.
Being part of a supportive network of fellow Future Leaders
Learning how charities work, with a specific focus on the work of Attitude is Everything
Opportunities to learn communication and media skills and act as ambassadors for Beyond the Music.
We will also aim to support the Leaders where we can to develop in any other areas of work they are interested in.”

If you know someone who should be applying, then share this with them! NOW!

Deadline to apply: 10th January

Find out more about how to apply, and the requirements and commitment needed at:…

Theatre Alibi hold open auditions for local talent in Bristol and Exeter areas

Professional theatre company Theatre Alibi are holding open auditions on January 20 and 21 in Bristol and Exeter and offering to cover travel expenses if needed.

Performers always have a much harder time finding work outside of London, and the costs of travelling and accommodation are often the killers to developing talent from across the country, which simply underlines the huge inequalities for those seeking employment in the performing arts.

Mindful of this, the initiative from Theatre Alibi is most welcome.

They say: “We’d like to meet performers from across the UK who haven’t worked with us before. We’re looking for actors, dancers, puppeteers and musicians and are keen to meet performers who are just starting out, through to those who have a wealth of experience. We recognise that there are groups that are under-represented in our sector, and especially in our region, and we’re dedicated to righting that wrong. We especially welcome applications from Global Majority performers and those who are Deaf/disabled.
We’d love to hear from you!”

Those interested in attending must apply by January 6th, 2022.

Find more details, and apply, here

Culturally and historically-significant Jewel Theatre could be the jewel in Oklahoma City district’s regeneration

Historic Jewel Theatre as seen in recent video

Occasionally I like to bring you things that you may not have come across in your reading about the arts and culture.

This is the Jewel Theatre, built in July 1931 for Hathyel L. James and Percy H. James as an African American Theatre, with Art Deco stylings, in the Black business district of Oklahoma City, once the hub of a thriving Main Street.

Today, all the other surrounding buildings have gone. Except the Jewel. With vacant ground all around, the Jewel could easily have gone the way of the others. Closed by the late-1970’s, the Jewel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. Thankfully, current owner Arthur Hurst (who grew up in the neighbourhood) is partnering with local initiatives, creating the Jewel Foundation, in an attempt to raise funding of around $2million to completely renovate the structurally-sound but otherwise fading Jewel. All its interior decoration has gone, leaving a bare shell.

As a very rare survivor of a Black cultural heritage building, there is much passion behind the revival project, and the aim is for the Jewel to become a catalyst to reignite local business development, and when open to celebrate black filmmakers and talent by screening movies and staging shows.

As a culturally-significant survivor I am sure we all wish them well. Those wishing to help the project financially may have to hold off – I have investigated the links attached to advertising material and sadly none of them are live or current. I will let you know when I find a way for you to donate should you wish to.

Meanwhile, I’d strongly recommend that you enjoy this short video about the Jewel, its history and aspirations.

You can find the video here

And read more about the project here

Jewel Theatre and other buildings circa 1939

Watch CONSTELLATIONS online until January 31st for half price!

Great news for anyone who missed this show in-person or online, or who fancies trying some acclaimed drama from the comfort of their own home this holiday season. All four casts of Michael Longhurst’s critically-acclaimed revival of Nick Payne’s CONSTELLATIONS are once again available to watch online until 31 January 2022, now with a 50% saving.

Home viewers can now watch one, or all, of the four star casts of this show on demand via the Donmar’s dedicated platform 

Four different casts take turns to journey through the multiverse and the infinite possibilities of a relationship; each refracting the play in their own unique way. The four casts are: Sheila Atim & Ivanno Jeremiah, Peter Capaldi & Zoë Wanamaker, Omari Douglas & Russell Tovey, and Anna Maxwell Martin & Chris O’Dowd.

Each production is now £7.50 to rent and households can watch the show for 24 hours from the time of purchase; or choose the multi buy of all 4 for £20, available for 14 days. Captioned and audio described versions are available in partnership with Stagetext and VocalEyes.