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Producers Pool - Dates in the Diary pt1


Towards the end of 2019 I was introduced to the concept of the Portfolio Career and it was a mindset game changer.

2019 was also the year I asked myself, which I often do year on year - "If I won the lottery what would I do?" The answer has been the same for as long as I can remember. To fund and produce independent small scale theatre working with emerging artists and directors.

This time I accepted I’d probably never win the lottery but ya do want to do this.

I know my craft as a stagemanager, my digital learning and project experience has encompassed social media and associated productivity technologies, podcast audio recording and production, I can edit video.

Mobile live-streaming and virtual worlds. Audience and augmentation.

Technology and theatre.

Not for technology but for engaging immersive idea revealing story-driven theatre. Unusual productions in extraordinary spaces. A big part of the lottery dream is to have the money to fund it.

Then there is like-minded professional networking. Nothing is more aspirational than spending time talking, listening and strategically dreaming with fellow producers. All on differing trajectories in their own careers. A community of collaborators. A tribe of mentors.

Chris Grady hosts Producers Pool.

I was, since 2018 forever attempting to synchronise my meetings in London at Equity or events by Cybersalon to draw a three-card trick where I’d get to attend a Producers Pool, Equity meeting and a Cybersalon event. Trump card would be to fit in a theatre show too.

I would augment my attendance at events on occasion, to showcase remote access potential. The immersion in ground-based experience made the strategic split to include cloud-based access hard to make happen when I was the on needing access and not providing the access which was the ultimate aim, to extend attendance.

The value and reward of cloud access were invisible to physical organisers. The concept appealed but in practice, the management of the physical event was enough.

Blending Digital and Physical looked to be a pipe dream. Then came Covid. One of the first to embrace the opportunity to pivot to digital was Producers Pool. Hurrah!

So independent producers and theatre-makers meeting monthly often with an influencing peer speaking currently happens online.

What do you have to offer?

What do you need?

This leads to the momentum and mindfulness of conversations. 

What can I offer? Insights, experience and practice to pivot to digital. What do I need? The blending back to physical with gradually lowering balanced percentage extension option to attend either way and get the same influencer insights and networking dialogue.

I don’t ask much! Am I asking too much?

Monthly on the last Wednesday, until further notice starting January 27th if you are interested in joining Producers Pool find your way to the Facebook Group.

For the mindfully invested. 


The journey starts here www.chrisgrady.org/producers-pool
Producers' Pool (UK & International) - next meeting 4.30 pm Wed 27th January

Have you had enough Zoom? One more it should be this one.

Niche information sessions serve 2 purposes. One, to unite and recognise the niche, and Two for those not resident within the niche to gain greater understanding and advocacy.

Equity's Equalities Committees are hosting a series of weekly virtual coffees to help members to keep connected. Every Thursday at 11.30am performance industry professionals gather on Zoom to hear from Equity members, staff and activists on an array of topics, ask questions and share experiences.

Equity’s next Zoom’s In On is zooming in on Dyslexia.

Around 10% of adults in the UK have dyslexia, and some drama schools report that up to 30% of their students are dyslexic.

It's not just coming out of drama school but a life long understanding of adapting and understanding life as it is perceived by your brain. How do you manage, work and co-create with #Dyslexia and help those around you to do the same.

Join to hear experiences of being dyslexic in the industry, what support is available and what best practice looks like in the workplace and casting process.

There will be a chance to hear from invited speakers and ask your questions.

Equity make these meetings fully inclusive and accessible. If you have any access needs - for example, if you need a BSL interpreter or if you are dyslexic and would benefit from alternatives to using the chat function for the meeting, please email Lottie on lstables@equity.org.uk.

Captioning is available via Otter.ai for any meeting by clicking on the icon on the top left of the screen.

It's good for non-dyslexics to attend. There is additional funding to be had with dyslexics on your production. Extra good planning is needed as time moves slightly differently. To accommodate Dyslexic thinking presents immeasurable rewards. Sustainability and focus being just 2 major advantages. I see my dyslexia as a gift but it needs management and understanding.

Join us to hear speakers talk about their experiences, what support is available and what best practice looks like

Equity Zooms in on - archive


Digitise vs Digitalisation

This is profoundly relevant and routed in a guiding principle that has long been quoted by me imparted by one of my greatest influencers Marcus Romer. “Don’t add technology to the way you do things. Change the way you do things once you know what technology can do.”

This is distilled as 2021 opens in to summer rephrased like origami to Digitalise not Digitise.

What does this mean for lockdown innovations in screen and live performed online theatre? Blended and Remote attendance, digital live evaporating into on demand.
John Maeda’s medium article referees to business innovations.

“Digitizing is easy, but succeeding in digitalization these days requires care and attention to the design of an experience if you are intending to charge a premium.”

Digitizing: Taking what is an existing process or activity and making it electronic to create cost efficiencies.

Digitalizing: Realizing an entirely new digital business that can take on the likes of Amazon or Netflix to generate new topline revenue.

Michael Fisher tweeted below John’s medium in my timeline. The two synchronised tweets inspired today’s post.


It’s easy to get light headed by the overwhelming newness of each and every day. It’s easy to allow anxiety to wash over me. The digitalised horizons are revealed the closer you approach. I want as much time as I can embrace. But the world is moving faster than I want to move. Faster than I can competently process. 

That internal metronome will orchestrate me through. We are entering exciting times.
Transformation. I like this concept.

Analogue heart and a digitalised soul.

“Uniquely work in progress” is how I feel.

Perhaps that should go on my grave stone!

Vaccine - Jab 1

Yesterday in the weekly Tuttle amidst talk of jabs... notably second jabs, I bemoaned that I had not yet had my first.

My phone rang just before 10.15, I was offered a jab at 11.40, I arrived, had the jab, was asked to sit for 10 mins, pulled out my phone and it was 11.43! I have been Pfizer jabbed.


Such a tiny thing. The ‘injector’ (I’m sure there is a proper name for them) made me feel at ease. These viles hold 6 vaccine shots.

Standing by for second dose.

Lunchtime Livestream S4|E4 - First Jab & Unconference

These live streams are just about doing them. It's a simple goal but immediately achievable and I make media. I intend to make more focused work but the nature of my dyslexia means the ideas in my head all occupied the same space. The space of Here, Now and immediate decision making. I need to put some space in my brain. I need to increase my capacity to track and develop ideas.

I want to up my game in terms of studio presentation but I know that requires some extra prep and some design work. So much to do and my mind to structure it. I take small steps. I keep moving forward. Here is episode 4.


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Sound Me a Story... and Zoom


Digital Stagemanagement duties were front and centre today. Show timings, title slides, spotlights, sound checks, original sound, practice sessions, webinar attendance and panelist’s and... a live venue with a remote audience. 




Most of what I do is make sure things happen as smoothly as possible and with little complication. 

In Zoom webinar it’s most important that I know what each participant sees be they a guest on screen or a member of the audience. Optimising the best view is not always easy. I need to see what the majority sees. In webinar that is straight forward. In Meeting it’s a little harder as attendees can toggle between speaker and gallery. Spotlight is your friend. Follow Hosts View and Hide Non Participants make uniform viewing a little easier.

Amazon Smile - Donate to your fav Charity with every purchase.

Do you work with Charities and Use Amazon?

Are you using Amazon Smile? I know Amazon isn’t everyones cup of tea. It is with gritted teeth I write this post now but if I can get just a fraction of my Amazon expenditure diverted to my charities it is a good thing. 

As a trustee of SafetyCurtain a charity providing small grants to performers living in countries that are scarred by extreme poverty, hardship and/or devastating ongoing conflict.

This post is conceived as I’m sourcing the links and cover art for children books selected for the Sound Me a Story music story making workshop for tomorrow I’m digital stage-managing for Spark Arts for Children. I was wondering if I could create QRcodes to the books which linked to Sparks AmazonSmile ID.


If you shop through the AmazonSmile (in the UK .co.uk) site Amazon will make a donation at a percentage of the purchase value to the charity you nominate. the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organisation of your choice.

Go to https://smile.amazon.co.uk and log in as you would to Amazon.co.uk.

AmazonSmile is a programme where Amazon donates to a charity of your choice,at no cost to you - all donations are paid for by Amazon.Support your charity when you shop.

Find your Charity. All registered charities are listed you need to claim yours. https://org.amazon.co.uk/

Amazon Smile – How To Create A Clickable Link – Perrito Social




Lunchtime Livestream S4|E3 - The Fate of the Freelancer

Since the start of the first lockdown, the world for many has come crashing down. For others the financial hardships of zero income pre-covid flipped to some income during Covid.

The creative explosion of online and the leaps forward in the populous embracing digital that makes 2021 scary.

Will there be a backlash to this digital arena? Will the access be cast aside and progressive boundaries be closed down.

Thats what I'm talking about today and... the death of a dream.

Guest - Alison Rouse

Is your Zoom up to date?

No matter how you access Zoom even if you are a regular Zoom user finding out if  you are on the latest version is not obvious. Open the desktop app, click the profile photo, select “Check for Updates”.

When did you last update Zoom? If your answer is I checked it last week, even yesterday and Zoom is not behaving as it should I suggest checking it is up to date. Often point updates happen automatically 5.1.1 to 5.1.2 for instance but not 5.1.2 to 6.0, these integer updates will need the user to action the update.

Are you up to date?

Enlightenment in the Midlands

Finding stuff to go to when there is so much noise it can be hard to attend anything. It’s probably just me. I find the world generally too noisy. I do do enjoy discussions and extending my understanding of the general noisy world!

During COVID I’ve worked quite a bit on a variety of event based projects. Last Autumn it was the Arkwright Society’s annual Industrial Revolution conference. I’m working with the heritage and visitor team at Cromford Mills the site of Arkwright Mill which is part of the Derwent Valley UNESCO World Heritage site. The event talks are taking place monthly. Now they have taken part during a Zoom event organised for them they have taken the reins to host. I am now providing advise and moral support. Tomorrow I get to be audience.

I’ve got a reproduction of the Derby Gallery in Second Life. I guess that should be a blog post of its own. Joseph Wright’s painting of light has always been the draw for me to paintings such as The Orrery and The Experiment. 

Grab your ticket. Find me in the Participants and say Hi.

Ticket link - https://www.wegottickets.com/event/511689
Thursday 25th March, 2021Door time: 6:45pm, Start time: 7:00pm
Held in Zoom Meeting

Auto Closed Captions available.

Here is the blurb...

Have you ever wondered what a painting can tell you about history?

Join Bob Moulder for a fascinating online talk and find out why the products of Joseph Wright’s “bold pencil” offered a window into so many aspects of the Enlightenment and the early Industrial Revolution, both in the Midlands and the wider world.

This overview of the career of Joseph Wright, who was acclaimed as "the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revolution", will focus on a selection of his works, each of which introduces us to an aspect of the Enlightenment in Britain.

Wright’s extraordinary body of work will take us on a journey into the worlds of science, technology, industry, art, culture, society and philosophy in a way, arguably, no other artist has done before or since. Beyond this, the talk will reflect on what the artist known as ‘Joseph Wright of Derby’ means to the city today and what part he can play as it defines itself for the 21st century.

Bob Moulder is an illustrator, writer and graphic novelist as well as a tutor of art history with the WEA. His latest book, Wojtek: The Bear Who Went to War, is a graphic novel based on the true story of a bear adopted by Polish soldiers in WWII, who famously carried shells up to the guns at the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Since moving to Derby over twenty years ago, Bob has always been fascinated by the artist whose name is invariably followed by ‘of Derby’. As a fulfilment of that fascination, his latest project is an illustrated children’s book about Joseph Wright and the painting of The Orrery.