On October 19th, Lucid will be hosting an event at the Sherman. There’ll be free wine and everything. But the main idea is to get you talking. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had about theatre have been in pubs, bars, coffee shops and backstage in theatres. Whenever I’ve been to a conference or (even worse) a symposium where the whole point is to have dynamic exchanges about the world in which we eat, sleep breathe and occasionally work, I’ve found myself pretty switched off and bored. Then I came across this thing called Open Space. You may have heard of it. You may even have participated in it. It’s been pioneered by the theatre company Improbable with their project called Devoted & Disgruntled. The format is very flexible and spontaneous. You don’t have to sit and listen to anything you don’t want to. If there’s a better conversation going on somewhere else in the room, you can go and find it. Nobody will mind. There is a shape and structure to it, but it’s also very free. I like it for that reason and for many others. In my experience, it has provoked some absorbing dialogues all conducted with honesty, thoughtfulness and generosity of spirit. I’ve also had a laugh. Ultimately, it’s given me the chance to reconnect with some great conversations, now that I don’t have the time to hang out in pubs or go backstage as much. More than that, however – at a time when honest dialogue seems to me to be harder to achieve – I want to encourage people to come face-to-face and start talking about the stuff in theatre that really matters, before we lose it for good. The Open Space on the 19th is the first in a series of evening sessions that will take place in and around Cardiff. I’ve asked Mathilde Lopez to convene one of the discussions and she is asking: “Where are all the producers?” If you want, you can find more details here: https://lucidevent.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/289/ But the important thing to remember is that the participants shape the session through the conversations they want to have, so if you have a different question or issue you want to discuss then feel free to bring it along. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet up with artists, arts professionals and audiences and to bring your perspective out into the open. So I really hope to see you there.
6.30pm – 10.30pm