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Well I have been squirrelling away the past few days, and I have finally moved my web-ness over to Wordpress. now redirects to Where you'll now find my blog (the main page) as well as the usual info. Reasons for the move include wanting to drop Google Analytics in so I can see who views what from where, having a simpler, more cohesive design, and the fact that really, my blog is the most active part of all of this, so I should really have it on the front page.

I'd love feedback on the new design etc. It's still in it's infancy, and while I've ported over all my old posts, I need to tweak everything for readability, links, fonts etc. And am thinking about adding about maybe adding a 'media' section... thoughts on a post card. Or a comment box, whatever you like.



Theatre people I follow on Twitter...

So quite a few people have added me recently after reading my guide to Twitter for Arts Orgs which I put out into the ether. I love that it's out there getting people trying new tech. Because I know it can be a bit daunting trying to find people to follow at first, I was going to do a quick #theatrethursday to suggest a few fellow theatrical tweeps, but the list got too long, so I decided to blog it instead.

CAVEAT: I still think there's much more value in finding
interesting people, before things you are interested in , and also something wonderful in the discovery of new people through serendipity, so please, please don't add everyone on here. Make sure you are interested in what they are saying. It's not a networking opportunity, it's a conversation, that conversation might lead somewhere, but that shouldn't be the main aim of it. Some of the big names aren't on here because I don't like the way they use Twitter, always just putting in plugs for shows, rather than participating. However I obviously do think these people worth following, because I do, so I'm not too worried about putting it out - just use it wisely :) and if you're new-don't fill your stream up too soon!

Finally, the list is by no means exhaustive, and I may also have missed big people off if a) I don't know about them myself, or b) I don't know a particular person I follow is a theatre person, as opposed to just an interesting person. If you have any to add, tweet with the #theatrethursday hashtag, or comment here and I'll add them!

So, in order of most recent to oldest follow:

@braduniarts the theatre venues at the University of Bradford
@dastheatre a 'theatrically confrontational' Leicester/London based theatre company.
@hellohoipolloi the lovely hoipolloi, presented on their excellent use of video blogging at Shift Happens arts/tech conference.
@EdinburghFringe No explanation needed hopefully, does anyone want to pay for me to go? Please? Pretty Please?
@Goldele theatre maker
@danielbuckroyd Artistic Director of New Perspectives
@trestletheatre my first theatrical experience (aside from Panto) was a Trestle Workshop. Ace.
@stevebct co-artistic director of Black Country Touring, who facilitate and create theatre in the Black Country. Brilliant company.
@untheatre Unlimited Theatre based in Leeds, they did The Moon The Moon recently, which was lovely.
@claireridgway West Midlands creative looking to hook up with local companies.
@RDouglasJohson writer of plays and text-adventures (he's done a hillarious Hamlet one, check out his blog for a link) Also has a play 'Broken Holmes' on at Edinburgh this year. One of the wittiest writers I know.
@battersea_arts Battersea Arts Centre (the clue's in the name)
@lpostlethwaite Theatre maker, community artist, and educator.
@AbbigailWright Head of comms at York Theatre Royal (Shift Happen venue, and home to Pilot Theatre)
@KatHetherington lovely, met at Shift Happens, can't for the life of me remember her title, but she's a theatre person.
@Jakeyoh young critic-blogger
@scbedford from HoiPolloi, charming.
@Dramagirl theatre lover, actor, voice coach and web 2.0 superwoman.
@Geraldinecoll Apples and Snakes performance poetry - seen at Shift Happens
@scarahnellis another Apples and Snakes type...
@Robintheoffice -Birmingham Royal Ballet New Media Officer, not strictly theatre, but a brill example of an arts organisation using Twitter well.
@Katherine_Ann over saw much of Shift Happens 2.0, organisation queen, like a Tasmanian Devil, but in reverse.
@willsudlow another creative project manager type
@adrianslatcher of the Get Ambition tweeps
@eatsoupandroll Leeds based playwright
@mediasnackers they enable digital participation in lots of areas, including theatre.
@getambITion The ACE digital tech and theatre touring workshop
@hannahrudman queen of the above and cultural leader.
@thisisdavid has a show on in Edinburgh this year
@digijamie Get ambITion and local arts bod
@ammonite pervasive gaming, so awesome, the bleeding edge of digital/performance cross over. If you don't know what any of that means, go find out!
@IanAspin does a lot of work with creative industries
@WirelessTheatre online audio theatre company - radio plays, stories and sketches for free download.
@Traversetheatre the brilliant new writing theatre and excellent Edinburgh venue
@pcmcreative does lots of things that combine social media and the digital world with theatre
@TWPGoSee Theatre Writing Partnership - new theatre writing in the East Midlands, brilliant company who gave me my first ever taste of playwriting back in 2004 (I currently do some freelance online comms for them)
@citizendan performer and writer
@scriptonline Regional development agency for theatre writers in the West Midlands
@michelleyascapi General Manager of Foursight Theatre, future cultural leader
@Foursightheatre My first ever 'proper' job in the arts was as their Administrator. They are a lovely West Midlands based, female-led devising company. Best known for Thatcher The Musical! But they also do some lovely site specific community based work.
@Danielbye writer and director
@uglysisterprod Ugly Sister Productions
@BushTheatre The Bush, look out for their excellent Bush Green new writing initiative - it's going to change the way the system works.
@easternangles I have much love for companies working the East of the Country - Eastern Angles
@HullTruck well known Yorkshire based company
@markball London based producer
@finkennedy had a big argument with The World about the funding new writers get. It was in the Guardian. Also a playwright.
@Half_Dextrous actor/writer
@CreativeSelby Arts Administrator
@andytfield 'maker of unusual things' a lovely fellow
@sohotheatre The Soho Theatre, innit.
@Lizzieroper actor
@bottc Box of Tricks Theatre Company, new writing, they run Word:Play new writing events, [PLUG] in which I am to have a short play early next year [/PLUG]
@librarytheatre Library Theatre Co. Manchester
@c_and_t TIE company - check out their brilliant 'living newspaper' project. And an excellent example of how many people can tweet for one organisation. Really on the ball with using new tech.
@arvonfoundation they do beautiful writer retreats with workshops, decent amount of theatre and radio writing opportunities. I wonder if I big them up enough they'll give me a free place? THEY'RE FUCKING BRILLIANT (Pretty please?)
@DaveMoutrey Arts Manager based in Manchester
@shift_happens THE arts and tech conference in the UK. Run by Pilot Theatre.
@DanRebellato playwright, academic, and general evil genius. Very funny, a masterclass in the subversion of the Twitter 'form'.
@LondonTheatre Theatre researcher/maker/blogger
@Paul_Sutton Artistic Director of C&T
@pilot_theatre bloody brilliant York-based theatre company. Ran Shift-Happens. Pushing boundaries, making wonderful messes.
@MarcusRomer the daddy of Pilot Theatre and Shift Happens, lovely, generous, and very, very on the ball. A must-follow.
@mzendle journo and critic.

Phew! Have I missed you? I'm sorry, there's only so much space in my brain! Comment, and I'll add you :-)

I'm all hyperlinked out...


The Travelling Moleskine, @CannonGod: ask and you shall receive.

My contribution to the Travelling Moleskine. It shall be back off on its travels tomorrow. I followed the theme 'what are you doing now'. To which my answer usually is thinking. So I wrote/drew some of my thoughts. Half of them are about beautiful images/moments/ideas on my mind right now, and the other half is things that make me angry or sad.

I would like to correct one thing though- I missed 'cyber' out - I'm actually an anarcho-eco-socialist-cyber-feminist. Just so ya know.

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Final day of pictures from Paris, impressionism, expressionism, clocks, and feminist graffiti.

Oh and the Bastille too. The monument to which is unceremoiously planted right in the middle of an extremely busy roundabout. But there you go. I went there, and thought a bit about all of the people who die fighting for a better world for the many, not the few.

I also (as you can see) found all of the bits I wanted to see in the Musée d'Orsay, including some stunning, stunning expressionism. Compelled to pick up my paints again. Last time I had money - well, the last time I had a regular wage coming in at least - I picked up some oils, normally I use acrylics, but was interested in trying something a bit different, may try an experimental still life one evening this week.

Did some more wandering, came across some more live music in Notre Dame, and had a very good sandwich for lunch (why is French mayo so much tastier?). No picture of that but I have included a picture of my meal last night. Nom.

I loved the Metro, genius, easy to use, frequent, and all over the place, one journée or Paris Visite billet and you've the freedom of the city, really. Helped me do my fave bit of the trip, which aside from the paintings was the wandering and exploring.

Other pictures are just stuff wot I have seen. Including a scrawled 'SEXISTE' over the ridiculous pornographic big breasted animal Orangina advert, that I think Ofcom investigated in the UK. Pretty simple provocative women=base animal status. More people should subvertise these kind of posters. Remind me to carry a thick marker pen with me at all times. I can use it to correct apostrophe abuse too.

See and download the full gallery on posterous