This page summarises all of the events and activities that Creativeworks London has produced or was involved in. Included are also events and activities that were organised by our collaborators and/or partners.

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More Than Accessible: Theatre and Performance in the Age of the Spectator
February 6, 2015 4:00 pm
February 6, 2015 6:00 pm
Free, booking required
December 15, 2014
Theatre Space, October Gallery
24 Old Gloucester Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 3AL, United Kingdom

The aim of this one-day symposium is to ask interesting questions about present assumptions to do with cultivating, responding to and retaining an audience for performance work. The rush to make digital all relations between spectator and performer, venue and company, has hemmed in potentially more elastic and considered responses.  By quantifying immediate feedback and shaping response into small bits tweetable or facebookable, performance makers and venues for performances risk participating in the very real damage caused by volume: too much, too fast, too immediate also means responses drown under the next request for feedback, easily deleted, easily forgotten.

In advance of this symposium, small groups of academics, scholars, practitioners ‘who go to the theatre and to performance’ will meet to talk about a group of performances seen recently at the Barbican and the Tate.  The focus will be to use a form of ‘expertise’ particular to those who think about, write about, teach about and make theatre, performance and exhibitions alongside research about live media.  It will also engage those who are in fact their suppliers, upon whom they depend for the continuation of a vibrant performance culture in London and the UK.

This symposium invites the public join the discussion and to think productively about questions such as:

  • Why do we go again and again to a particular kind of performance?
  • How does the manner in which we are addressed or we address shrink the possibility of who the ‘we’ are?
  • Who do we follow and how did we begin to follow them?
  • What can be done when a first impression is bad?
  • What does it mean to become a fan of a certain company or a certain venue?
  • How do we sustain our spectatorship even when our favourite company, venue, medium lets us down?
  • How do we become intrigued by a new venue or a new company or a new production?

Click here to book yourself a place.

Please note that there is no disabled access to the Theatre space.

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  • Jen Farrant

    Somewhat ironic that an event with the word ‘accessible’ in the title doesn’t have any disability access information on the site, nor on the venue site.

    This is not making the conversation accessible to all.

    • If you let me have your email address I can find out about disability access at the October Gallery.


      • Jen Farrant

        But the point is I shouldn’t have to go to additional lengths to get the information – it should be publically available

  • Jen Farrant

    you have updated the information to show there isn’t disabled access, but this is not acceptable, especially for an event which is based on cultivating audiences.

  • Emsy

    No disabled access at an event about accessible theatre. Righto.

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