It’s SHOWTIME! again for the entertainment buildings of Camberwell

Camberwell Palace, one of Camberwell’s most significant entertainment buildings

On Monday 5th June there’s a fantastic opportunity to hear about Camberwell’s fascinating entertainment history, taking place in a building which in itself is worthy of a visit.

The Golden Goose is a long-established pub which has recently been repurposed to become a 70-seat theatre. The theatre has generously donated its space for this event.

As part of the Camberwell Festival of Arts, seasoned presenter, historian and enthusiast Richard Norman has been invited to give another entertaining presentation under the festival’s theme of SHOWTIME!.

In Richard’s fascinating talk, you’ll discover Camberwell’s contributions to the world of entertainment during the early days of pioneering film production and music hall, variety theatre, and comedy.

With film clips, songs, and music, this special Camberwell Talk promises to be an memorable evening!

Richard Norman is a local historian specialising in buildings designed for entertainment and has given numerous talks at the Victorian and Albert Museum, Tate Modern and many local history societies.

It takes place on Monday 5th June at 7 pm at the Golden Goose Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Rd, SE5 0RR, which is just 10 mins walk from Oval tube or Camberwell Green. Ticket prices are £10 (£7 concessions) and include a complementary glass of wine.

Tickets can be booked at…/camberwell-talks…

The talk starts at 7pm and runs about an hour. Don’t miss out on the raffle with prizes at the end of the evening, with all proceeds going to SE5 Forum, which aims to improve the area for benefit of all visitors and residents.

See you there!

Your dapper host for the evening, Mr Richard Norman!

TheatreCraft is back!

TheatreCraft, the UK’s largest FREE theatre careers event is back!

Coming to the Royal Opera House on Monday 20 November, anyone aged 16-30 seeking an off-stage role in theatre can network with employers and industry professionals in the live marketplace and take part in off-stage Q&As, workshops and panel talks in person.

For further details visit their website here

SOLT Box Office data for 2022 makes for interesting reading

Ticket prices remain flat whilst costs rise is the headline message from the release of 2022 box office figures for SOLT’s London commercial and subsidised theatre sector members.

This is the first full set of annual figures published since 2019, as the onset of the pandemic and subsequent shutdowns disrupted data reporting in 2020 and 2021.

2022 has been widely recognised as a financially challenging year for businesses across the UK, and the theatre industry has been no exception.

Despite rising costs – not least significant increases in energy bills – producers and theatres have worked to ensure that productions remain accessible to as many people as possible. The average nominal ticket price has only risen by £2.21 since 2019, with the average price actually falling in real terms when adjusted for inflation from £52.17 in 2019 to £48.11 in 2022.

The reopening of venues closed for restoration and refurbishment in 2019, as well as fewer ‘dark’ weeks in venues contributed to a 7.9% increase in total capacity (available seats) compared to 2019, with the number of overall individual performances increasing by 4.7%. A combination of these factors contributed to a 7.1% increase in attendance in 2022.

This increased attendance has seen nominal revenue increase by 11.6% to £892,896,521 in 2022. However, adjusted for inflation since 2019, real revenue has fallen by 1.1%.

Although there has been a slight, yet encouraging increase of attendance in the West End, UK-wide theatre audience levels have not fully recovered since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, visit SOLT’s website here

Bush Theatre offers Freelancer Skills sessions in February

The Bush’s friendly team will be hosting a series of informative and interactive workshops in February, which are a great opportunity for theatre freelancers to hone their practical and business skills. Tickets from just £3 are selling fast.

Money an issue? There are still free bursary places available for every workshop – just email to apply for a bursary place.

Here’s the schedule with booking links:

Tuesday 7 February:
11.00am: Producing, led by Producer Oscar Owen
1.30pm: Pitching for Writers, led by Literary Manager Deirdre O’Halloran
3.30pm: Directors’ Toolkit, led by Directors Daniel Bailey and Lynette Linton

Wednesday 8 February:
11.00am: Finance for Freelancers, led by Finance Manager Neil Harris
1.30pm: Fundraising, led by Head of Development Ruth Davey and Development Officer Eleanor Tindall
3.30pm: Marketing, led by Marketing Managers Shannon Clarke and Ed Theakston

15-24 years old? Get access to bargain theatre tickets here

If you are (or know anyone who is) aged 15-24, you’ll definitely want to know about Go Live Fortnight.

This year, Go Live Fortnight takes place from February 1st until February 14th. By signing up to the scheme (it’s free to join), you can gain access to a special presale for more than 10 shows, as well as exciting workshops, tours and a few more surprises to be revealed…

For more details, and to sign up, visit Mousetrap Theatre Projects’ website here