by Jez Bond
In the midst of programming decisions we start to question every choice:
- Is everything you've worked so hard to achieve judged purely on the basis of the first show.
- What does the choice of this show say about you? (The first show can only be one genre - yet we have a broad artistic policy)
- Or, are people less quick to judge than we might imagine?
- Do we simply need to consider a season of work as a whole?
- Does any of this matter anyway? Should you simply present work that you believe in without second guessing 'popular' opinion.
With our artistic policy it's a constant struggle to stave off the pigeon holers! We've always said "good plays done well". The director Neil Bartlett (formerly the Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith) knew exactly what I meant as we shared a coffee recently. He told me he's said much the same for years - "there's nothing wrong" he said "with saying 'I do plays I like with people I like' "
So let's fly out of the pigeon holes, take off into the creative landscape... and see what happens...