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10/19/2015 by juno theatre



Bridging the Gaps Arts Conference

In 2013 we proved Bath Theatre Matters

In 2014 we Broke Boundaries

This year, we are Bridging the Gaps

The ground breaking Theatre Bath conference returns, continuing its nationwide reach, featuring arts professionals and organisations from across the South West with a focus on equality in the arts, creating partnerships and bridging the gap between the regions.

‘A conference? This event felt a little different…full of passionate, vibrant people, it transcends into an engaging and challenging discussion’ review of 2013 Bath Theatre Matters Conference.

Bridging the Gaps is an arts event that will delve into the deep rooted issues within the arts. Expert keynote speakers will pose questions and shake up opinions on recent and on-going issues within the arts. This will then lead to further discussions with everyone in the room getting involved in debating, sharing opinions and creating potential solutions moving forward.

Equality in the arts is a huge issue that affects performers, audience members, students, amateurs and professionals working in arts organisations. One matter at the forefront of equality is gender equality in the arts. We at Theatre Bath are proud to have a powerhouse of female speakers including; Chloe Elwood Executive Producer of Bristol Old Vic, Hamida Ali the Equalities and Diversity Officer for EquityClare Macnaughton Founding Partner of Juno Theatre, playwright and theatre practitioner Alison Farina who is also Artistic Director of Butterfly Psyche and Kirsty Hoyle from Include Arts who will address equality and opportunities in the arts with topics ranging from accessibility to diversity and gender.

Clare Macnaughton, Founding Partner of Juno Theatre, will be speaking about gender equality within the arts:
‘Women aren’t meant to be silent and still. We are meant to have thoughts and feelings which contribute to the society we live in. However, it takes courage to speak up, especially if you are a woman. At Juno Theatre we want to help theatre offer great, honest roles for women that are fresh, invigorating and representative of our true selves.  We want to create role models for younger women to gain confidence and experience in theatre production, and develop exciting roles for female actors of all ages. Roles that currently are few and far between and barely written by women. We want to help women find their voice and express themselves.’

Alison Farina, Artistic Director of Butterfly Psyche, will be sharing her experience of making art accessible:
‘As a theatremaker it’s really important to me that the work I make is not exclusive. I want to use theatre to reach everyone who is interested in it. I want to make sure there as a few barriers as possible that might stop someone from engaging with our work…most importantly, we want to inspire other organisations and artists to work in this way.’
Luke John Emmett, Creative Director of Theatre Bath says:
‘Since forming in 2011 Theatre Bath has achieved many great things and has really opened up discussions and collaborations between arts organisations in the city. Our ethos is to have a completely open-door policy and to talk to anyone who has an interest in theatre in Bath. I am really proud of the diverse range of speakers at this year’s conference talking on a range of themes that many shy away from. It’s important to me that we are seen to be discussing hard issues and trying to make a real difference to the way organisations work. At the core of everything we do is partnership working and helping to support and strengthen the cultural community in Bath and further afield. With tough times ahead and funding sources becoming less and less reliable we need to look at innovative new ways of working and we hope that this conference will help to promote this.’

Theatre Bath want to keep the art at the heart of what we do, so woven between the hard-hitting issues and invigorating conversations will be performances from home-grown artists including professional dancer and choreographer Dan Martin who runs the B&NES Youth Dance Company.

Zoe Bailey Associate Director of Theatre Bath says
‘The Theatre Bath team are hugely passionate about the arts, and we think it’s important to give home-grown talent a platform at our events to enable them to build confidence, gain experience and show off the wealth of talent within Bath.’

The day will culminate in a lively debate asking ‘What do we Want for the Future of the Arts in Bath?’ Joining this discussion are representatives from a variety of arts organisations in Bath; Lisa Lort – Creative Producer for Bath Dance, David Metcalfe – Co-Chair of the Cultural Forum for the Bath Area and Penny Hay – 5x5x5=creativity and Child Friendly Bath.

‘Really enthusiastic vibrant conversations and a genuine will to develop new bonds … more things like this please’ Praise for 2014 Breaking Boundaries Conference.

Bridging the Gaps conference is sponsored by Technical Hire Limited.

Theatre Bath Bridging the Gaps Conference Tuesday 27th October at The Natural Theatre Company Studios 11:30am – 6pm. Tickets available from:

Theatre Bath gratefully acknowledges the support of Bath and North East Somerset Council.

More information can be found on the Theatre Bath website:, Facebook –, Twitter @theatrebath

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