Journey into the Theatres

The more I know what TTT works, the more I am dedicated to my role. It’s so much more complicated to run a theatre, after I know how many experts are needed to construct and maintain a theatre building. I was also amazed at the director’s ability of remembering plethora of information and schedules in her mind and tell me explicitly what I should learn before I commence the role, as the adviser’s assistant.

As I wish to gain as much knowledge as possible about my organisation, I read the report from last year’s conference. Everything starts from arts, as in CCIs. But, these participants in the conference have gone a step further by addressing that our theatre can have a greater sustainability than just housing the arts, stated by Jake Orr. I think this idea is true in reality. One example I read in the report is Manchester City Council’s use of culture as a tool of regeneration since the 1990s. There have been three major buildings, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Art Gallery and Urbis museum. Urbis museum is now the National Football Museum re-opened just last year and was transformed from a contemporary arts exhibition centre (admission required) to British popular culture (free admission) and now the popular football museum. In addition, Manchester’s two aging buildings are seeking regeneration–Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse  will commission and co-produce theatre, contemporary art, exhibitions and films. In 2014, they will open a venue at a site not far from the centre. The transformation tells the phenomenon that the art needs to be accepted to benefits the communities and the states, when it is used in policy planning. Of course, from an artist’s perspective, art for art’s sake, leaving its utilitarian needs out is a more common belief. And I can totally agree with the artists, since I was one before. But seeing the story from a different angel is also important. I now get to critically think about the purpose of doing arts–creating, distributing, sharing and even gaining monetary benefits from it.twelfth annual conference focused on the theatre’s sustainability with speakers from the industry to share ‘sustainable development’ strategies. The main focus of the theatre I believe, is the cultural and social narrative and stories told by the theatres. ‘Theatres have the social role in fostering a sense of inclusion, sustaining communities and improving people’s well-being’, stated from Mhora, the director of  TTT. Community and social responsibility are two words that have appeared so many times in the organisation’s documents. While the relationship between theatres and their communities are the base for running the theatre, the environmental sustainability was also approached and taken into consideration.

Ok, I don’t want my blog to sound too academic… As I was doing more research on the topic of Manchester’s regeneration plan, I found a piece of fabulous news! The Manchester Art Galley is really serving the community by renting out the space even for wedding! Haha! How community-oriented and cheerful the gallery can be!


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