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Social Spacing (In Theatre)

****UPDATE 20 May - I've been rewriting lots of the info on here - as a result this blog is,…
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Arts Marketing: How the **** do you segment?

Hi, welcome back if you've been to my blog before, and if you're new (which statistically speaking you probably are)…
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Arts Marketing – Building houses on jelly

I've been looking to see what proactive steps I and the team I'm part of can take while the jelly…
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A Lovely Chat in April?

I'm likely not to be leaving the house for the next 6 - 10 weeks on account of being asthmatic.…
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Arts Marketing – So What Do We Do Now?

So, I decided I'd write down some ponderings of where my head is at, what I think the direction of…
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Gig #1 – Commo Comedy (MC)

Firstly this isn't my first gig. Every year I make new year's resolutions that are big objectives to achieve over…
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Resolutions 2020

It's that time again, when everyone insists they're becoming vegan, joining the gym and never drinking again shortly before, two…
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Thank You For Your Complaint

Dear Sir/Madam, Thank you for getting in touch to tell me how outraged/disappointed/angered (delete as applicable) you are because we…
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All my controversial thoughts about how to run theatre right. Not wrong. Like you might do it. Yeah you.

So, here it is, strap in, I've got some truth bombs to release, I'm going to let rip, welcome to…
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All the things that make me cry.

Things that make me cry or weepy (updated list): Babies being born and handed to sobbing fathers/mothers/relativesOutstanding sporting achievement against…
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How To Annoy Everyone In Arts Marketing (or, Arts Marketing’s Technical Problem)

I got back from this year's Arts Marketing Association conference feeling quite pleased with myself - this is unusual -…
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AMA Conference 2019 – Day #2

e train back from the AMA Conference after a really useful few days with some space to think, ponder and…
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AMA Conference 2019 – Day #1

Ever since I came to my first AMA Conference (in Newcastle the last time round!) I've always written up my…
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#ArtsMarketing – F**k me I’m Tired.

I've become conscious that I've not written much on this blog about Arts Marketing for while. A few reasons really…
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Gig Report: Warrington – 8 May ’19

I've not written a gig report for a few years - when I first started I used to write them…
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Grief’s early days.

I'm conscious that I don't often write deep and meaningful blog posts - let's be honest, it tends to be…
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3 things I’ve found out.

I've been pondering between a couple of ideas recently. Idea #1 is a storytelling show that, ultimately, I've started writing…
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How to successfully market a theatre show according to audiences.

I recently found this blog post in my wordpress drafts (there's a few others in there I might dig into…
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Holidays, Ideas and Ponderings

I'm currently on holiday in Lisbon having a bit of a break with my other half. I brought the mini-laptop…
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Finding Balance

Recently I've become acutely aware that I can be somewhat of a negative grump. Now I have excuses for the…
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Resolutions 2019

Every year, about this time, I write myself a list of resolutions to achieve over the following 12 months while…
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Things I can control, things I cannot & everything in between…

“In an era of stress and anxiety, when the present seems unstable and the future unlikely, the natural response is…
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The Bigger Picture: Using Data In The Arts

****Please Note: This is unremittingly a blog about theatre marketing, data and being smarter**** How it all started About four…
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What next..?

Last week was, challenging. Basically I was meant to do a solo show in Liverpool and while I was there, sadly…
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I’m doing a solo show in September

Hey Everyone, This is a long post (sorry). Just over a year ago I wrote a show, "Truth" which I…
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Are we all using the wrong tools?

Broad beans wot i grew I've recently found out that I like gardening. It's relaxing, pulling…
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Theatre Marketing: A Brochure Conundrum

(This is part of a series of blogs I've mentally entitled "things that might be interesting at a marketing conference"…
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Would I Book Myself?

It's been a couple of months since I wrote anything on here - a few reasons really, hyper-busy at work,…
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Who has been the smartest football team of 2017/18

It occurred to me, and I imagine every football fan who doesn't support a Manchester-based team this year that the…
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10 years ago (or the trials and tribulations of growing older)

I've recently been invited to go to a reunion with some people I went to university with. Different people have…
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13 thoughts I’ve had this week…

In no particular order: I've been feeding a pigeon that lives, on its own, in our back garden. I wonder…
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My Ideal Theatre

In late December last year the playwright David Hare wrote an extended article for The Guardian offering his thoughts about…
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Part One

It is 7.35pm and rain is falling heavily. The road has transformed to a shallow ocean, tiny waves pushed from…
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2080

It's the 2nd Jan 2018 and I can't sleep. I have a hundred things going round my head and I…
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Resolutions 2018

It's that time again - the start of a new year, mild hangover, sleepy from fish 'n' chips and sat…
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Is Star Wars terrible?

Provocative isn't it. A month ago I would have clicked on this blog post with venom in my mind and…
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Film Review: Justice League

Life is about the choices we make, the friends we stand by and the moments where we courageously follow our…
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Gig Report – Chorlton, Manchester

I realised on the drive back from tonight's gig that I'd not written a gig report for a while. I…
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GIG REVIEW: Performing a show for the first time

So on Wednesday night this week I performed my new show, Truth, for the first time from start to stop.…
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Another week of Sam Freeman’s life

I've not written a proper "bloggy" post, I realised earlier today, for quite a while. I've tended to focus on…
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10 things about being an arts marketing manager that I now know…

I'm not at the AMA conference this year, yet, despite the fact that I've a habit of being über critical…
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Creativity, Confidence and a Show

There are, it is said, two types of creative people. There are those who talk endlessly about the book they're going…
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Fixed-term contracts in the arts

The Stage posted a poll on twitter today asking whether Theatre's Artistic Directors should be on fixed-term contracts. It's one…
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Return to cricket…

This week I did something a bit silly. Naturally with an opening like that (and imagining for a second that…
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Election Polling Data

A new poll has come out from YouGov surveying the carnage of the post-election landscape. It was incredibly interesting how…
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Gig Report: New material in Warrington

There's a few gigs that, since I started, I've kept coming back and doing. They're not the most glamorous gigs…
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6 things I thought watching “The Battle For Number 10”

I've been watching Sky's coverage of Jeremy Paxman vs Theresa May vs Jeremy Corbyn. It's been interesting watching it while…
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Insecurity

It's 1:48am as I start writing this blog post. But before I get to the point, the crux, the pips…
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Gig Report & Analysis

On Sunday night Hot Water Comedy in Liverpool let me perform and so I could record my set. I've…
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An idea, a graph and a calendar

It's been a while since I wrote anything on here so, finding myself incredibly away at 12:46am I thought I…
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Gigging with a famous comedian

So tonight I was on the same bill as a famous comedian. Regular readers will know that my general choice…
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30 mins thoughts: 5 opinions I have about arts marketing

I have, recently, found myself writing fewer blog posts about arts marketing and my work. This is for a few…
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Cologne 

We came to Cologne for three days as part of a "let's visit Germany" trip, otherwise known as "where are…
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Gig Report: Hot Water Comedy, Liverpool

Sometimes you make a mountain out of a molehill and build things up to a ridiculous degree in your head…
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Resolutions 2017

Regular, loyal readers will know that every year I write 10 New Year's Resolutions, then, at the end of the…
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The Scarborough Boxing Day Tradition

Boxing day in Scarborough always seems slightly different to many places. Not for Scarborough the simple consumption of excess chocolate…
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Rejection letters: what they say and what they mean…

I spent the last year writing a play. It's good. I wrote it. It must be. Surely. Sadly no-one agrees.…
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You won’t believe what he looks like today…

Seriously now. Grow the fuck up and read the news. The Guardian - Click to read The Independent - Click…
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Drowning under the weight of a thousand e-mails

When I first started writing this blog it was to have a voice. "I've interesting things to say" I thought,…
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Gig Report #6 – Albion, Warrington

This is a gig I've done before (as compere and doing storytelling) and while I love it to pieces it…
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