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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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Gig Report 4 & 5 and some stuff about theatre…

It's been a week or two since I last put my gig report online so I thought it'd be high…
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Gig Report #3 – Pros & Coms, Liverpool

  I was back at my old stomping grounds* down Liverpool's Lark Lane to do a set at Pros &…
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Gig Report #2 – Comedy Asylum

There are some gigs where you arrive and you think, "this is going to be fine". There are other gigs…
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Gig Report #1 – Tiger Lounge, Manchester

So I've started again. I realised the other day that it'd been 12 months since I did a proper set,…
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When Ideas Come Thick & Fast

I've just got back from a week at Edinburgh Fringe, supposedly a holiday, but, invariably the combination of sprinting venue…
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Edinburgh Fringe 2016

I thought I'd write up a little about some of the shows I see this year! Chris Stokes: The Man…
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AMA Reflection 2016

It's become a bit of a tradition that on the way home from the AMA conference I gather my thoughts…
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AMA Conference Notes & Thoughts – Day #1

I'm up in Edinburgh for this year's Arts Marketing Association conference which is this year about relevance, or, as they've…
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Dear David Cameron

Dear David, I rent a house and the wall outside was chipped, cracking and looked a state. So I sanded…
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Brexit: What next?

It happened. I woke up this morning and felt sick, a wave of almost grief coming over me, that was…
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TV Review: Community

Viewing habits have completely changed. Whereas once upon a time we'd anxiously plan our forthcoming unmissable shows in the Radio Times,…
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To EU or not to EU (that is the question)

This last weekend I did the usual things people like me do. I went to Waitrose wishing I'd brought my…
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Navigation for a 21st Century Man.

Today I went for a drive to Wales with my better half. It started fairly certain enough - the same…
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Three weeks later… Eggs, theatre and badminton.

I realised on my drive home today that it's been a while since I wrote anything, or indeed saw people.…
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A final(ish) gig report.

On Friday I did, what will be, my last gig for probably the next 6 - 8 months. I'm taking…
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A new job and a new city

Tomorrow I start my new job in the Marketing department of Theatr Clwyd. It's been 3 weeks of "changes" to…
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Clubbing and other inherent evils.

Memories are strange things. Get your hair cut They are neither truth nor fact and are…
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The art of the season brochure

Today I signed off Unity Theatre's season brochure - the last of my six year tenancy as Marketing Manager (I'm…
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Rain, driving and hills

Today was an odd day with a smattering of driving pain, driving in rain, new dawns and sunrises. It was…
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Review: Batman Vs Superman

***Contains spoilers*** Batman Vs Superman reminds me of going clubbing around 2004. I was living in York, a single man…
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Arts Marketing: Six things I wish I’d known…

I have been given two pieces of rock solid theatrical advice in the past 15 years and both I've used…
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Change & Anxiety

I've always thought that change is quite a healthy thing when it's done sensibly. To be constantly evaluating and examining…
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10 things I unexpectedly like

Hello regular reader, this is Sam. Normally, as you know, I tend to write a lot of excessively ambitious, dream…
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A 21st Century Theatre

There have been two questions that have been in the back of my mind for the last three months. The first, slightly…
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A set of pure, unadulterated terror

This week I had 2 gigs which for me is a lot. I don't do as many as I used…
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Forks in the road

Preamble I've been thinking a lot recently about where I am in my life. It was all sparked by an…
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The right (& fight) to experiment in arts organisations

The last couple of weeks have been tough for me professionally at work. It's the classic story, too much happening…
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Translating the brand (part one)

***These are just a few thoughts I've had, you may disagree with them but if you do then please share…
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Resolutions 2016

For those who know me reasonably well, you'll know that every year I make a ridiculous list of 10 things…
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A travellers guide to… Bruges

Welcome to Bruge. Or should we call it Brugge? Or perhaps Bruggge?* In this short guide I will give you,…
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An Open Letter to FIFA 16

Dear Fifa 16, This is really hard to write down, to put down in words, to articulate, but, I think…
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TV Review: Jessica Jones

There are three types of people who will read this. The first are friends, colleagues and acquaintances who'll see it on…
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Cats, dogs and why we live.

Firstly, before you read any further, let me drop a couple of truths before you read any more (then you…
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The Future Of Arts Marketing (and Theatre)

On Wednesday I attended the Spektrix Conference at the Lyric Hammersmith which was, at it invariably always is, incredibly thought…
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Marketing DIY: Intermediate Heat Mapping (Genre)

In the last Marketing DIY post (here) we talked about how you can do a basic heat mapping of your auditorium.…
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Marketing DIY: Heat mapping your auditorium

Heat mapping your venue has always been an incredibly good thing to do. It allows you to look at where…
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Watching & Dreaming (2)

To read part one of this story, click here The dog woman was eyeing him like a security guard in…
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Watching & Dreaming (1)

This story starts, somewhat unexpectedly, at a car boot sale. Car boot sales are not, you see, likely places for…
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A strange day

It was a really strange day today. My boss of 5 years, Graeme, left after 33 year at the theatre.…
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AMA Reflection

I'm back from nearly three days in Birmingham at the annual Arts Marketing Association conference where 650 marketers and fundraisers…
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AMA Conference 2015 – Day #1 Notes

So here's a few notes from day #1 of the AMA conference here in sunny Birmingham. I've truncated much stuff…
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Who would like to see me in the summer…

Hi. This is an odd blog post. Essentially I have a week, 16th - 23rd August where I have a…
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Mediocre

I've had this thought in my head for a while now so I thought I'd share, not least because I've…
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Gig Report – Liverpool Lantern Theatre

So today was the big day, the first work-in-progress performance of the show I've been working on for the last…
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Distractions, youtube that I like and cheese

So, a late night update as I can't sleep as it's so hot ("OMFG it's so WTF crazy hot, ROFL"…
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Sweaty sleeps, starts of plays and moments of panic

It's just turned midnight as I start to write this post - I can't sleep you see - not for…
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The “oh shit” moment

I think with every artform, but perhaps particularly performance, there comes a moment, a second where the idea of being…
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Audience Agency – Digital Marketing Workshop

***Warning: Arts Marketing Blog Post - Updated Live - Press F5 to refresh *** Today I attended an Audience Agency…
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The lost art of motivation

***some ramblings *** I've hit somewhat of a roadblock of late in my quest to be universally loved as a…
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The Art Of Being Liked

****BEWARE: this blog is (vaguely) about arts marketing **** Two things happened today which both pushed me to think about…
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Gig Report: Warrington Albion

I've not written about any gigs for a while so I thought it'd be probably worthwhile writing something up, not…
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Election 2015: All hope is not lost.

It's been a truly interesting few days - an election where the vote swung from too close to call  to…
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Review: Avengers Age Of Ultron

Oh Joss what have you done. It all started so well this super hero lark, there were films where things…
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10 Things: To Watch On Netflix

I've been gradually working my way through Netflix to find the best programmes available. It's an eclectic mix of comedy,…
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Review: True Detective

Everyone has one, a present DVD they've been given, Christmas or perhaps a birthday, accompanied by the words "I saw…
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A Scratch Night

I've always had a bit of a weird relationship with theatre I think. When I was first getting into it…
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Wanted: Jolt (must be life changing)

I've been feeling for a while like I need a change in my life. This isn't particularly out of the…
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