Quays Theatre, The Lowry, Salford APAC Study Day – In Good Company: Working With Partners

Whether it is to commemorate a significant anniversary, to access funding or to share our heritage in new ways, working with partners can open up new opportunities for performing arts collections. Different working cultures, different aims and even different geographic locations can make new partnerships challenging.

The 2016 APAC Study Day focuses on sharing advice, case studies and success stories across our membership. If you are planning a new project or are in the middle of one this day aims to equip you with insights and inspiration, support and advice.


Collaboration and Co-production: Dr Helen Brooks, University of Kent and Jackie Alexander, Theatre Royal Brighton
In February 2017, the Theatre Royal Brighton will stage ‘Experiences of War’, a professional performance of three ‘lost’ one-act WWI plays which have been recovered from the archive. The performance will be accompanied by period music performed by local young musicians. Schools and colleges will contribute through designing costumes, set dressings and posters. This paper discusses the collaboration, the process of co-production, how challenges have been dealt with, and, how the collaboration is leading to new projects and possibilities.

The National Theatre and University of the Arts, London: Erin Lee, Archivist, National Theatre
The National Theatre is working ever closer with University of the Arts, London. Projects have included the Jocelyn Herbert Lecture series, annual involvement in the MA Curating and Collections course at Chelsea, and two-week intensive research by the BA in Theatre Design. The biggest project with UAL to date is the post-doctoral research fellowship focusing on the concept of a design archive and how this can be used for research and inspiration.

Perpetual Movement: Curator-led tour of Rambert and The Lowry’s joint exhibition: Laura Biggadike, Galleries Coordinator, The Lowry, Arike Oke, Rambert Archivist
Perpetual Movement is the first collaboration of its kind for either Rambert or The Lowry, bringing contemporary art and contemporary dance eye to eye and toe to toe, via the Rambert Archive.

From Archive to Action! The Peter Brook Collection at the V&A: Simon Sladen, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance, Victoria and Albert Museum
In collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Learning Department, the Department of Theatre and Performance undertook the Museum’s largest ever outreach project involving 18 partners: six schools, six arts centres and six local museums to explore the personal papers of Britain’s greatest living theatre director Peter Brook.

Lessons learnt from partnership working – mostly in good company but not always: Helen Roberts, Manager, National Resource Centre for Dance, University of Surrey
Lessons learned from partnership working, drawn from the experiences of the National Resource Centre for Dance: what has worked, what has worked better, what didn’t work, and what to consider in the future about working with partners on projects.

Resurrecting the Shakespeare Hut: Rebecca Tremain, LSHTM and Kate Valentine, Digital Drama
The project involved creating an installation and dramatic event to mark the centenary of the opening of the Shakespeare Hut in 1916. This presentation will explore the challenges of engaging a primarily scientific institution with a historical and theatrical subject and celebrate some of the expected partnerships that have grown out of this project.

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