What makes a theatre?

“Wherever we want to go, we go. That’s what a ship is, you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and sails; that’s what a ship needs. Not what a ship is. What the Black Pearl really is, is freedom.” – Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

What is a theatre? To me it’s like the Black Pearl. It’s the stage and the curtains and the seating and the bar, that’s what a theatre needs. But a theatre really is freedom.

Unfortunately, a theatre needs things! So I tried to work out all the things Hope in Hell Theatre would need, from the building itself through the people and the legal documentation. And it turns out, there’s a lot…


In fact there’s so much that you can’t read it here! But you can enlarge the image here. It covers 2 sides of A3 paper!

It’s a scary list – there’s a lot of things on here that I hadn’t previously considered, like shares and shareholders, and how they work, and DBS checks to work with schools, and soundproofing for the building. All of which need to be built into the budget and roadmap. But it’s also a good list – its big, but it’s finite, and I have a year to work through it. So hopefully that’s enough time!

In other news, I’ve had two sign ups to the Theatre Gang! If you’d like to get involved with Hope in Hell, in any way however large or small, please check out the info here. And thank you to those who’ve come forward already – I can’t do this by myself!

I’ve also sent out the first Hope in Hell newsletters, and the postcards that go with it! I’m pretty delighted with the artwork by Emma Slattery – you can see more here, and sign up!

This week I’ll be using the new office space in Somerset House for the first time, so watch this space for pics and excitement about that too! Here’s to bigger dreaming.

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