Artistic Director – Adrian McDougall
Blackeyed Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies, with over twelve years experience of bringing exciting, high quality work to over a hundred towns and cities across the UK, from Eastbourne to Dundee. This is, of course, my opportunity to say how great our work is and how we inspire audiences. But saying it and doing it are two very different things. So I prefer to let our audiences have the final say. Take a moment to read their feedback.
“ My belief is that theatre can and should be sustainable, both commercially and artistically ”
There are two common misconceptions in the world of theatre: firstly that work that’s commercially successful can’t be ground-breaking, unconventional or brave; and conversely that work that is ground-breaking, unconventional or brave can’t also be commercially successful, even self-funding.
My belief is that theatre can and should be sustainable, both commercially and artistically. What that means in practice is performing work that people want to see in ways that can still surprise, provoke and inspire. For me and the incredibly talented artists who contribute to what we do, that means remembering what it is to be an artist, what it is to create and not being dependent on public money to do so.
“ performing work that people want to see in ways that can still surprise, provoke and inspire ”
So at a time when the choice of theatre being offered to audiences and venues is increasingly narrow, here are my commitments. Firstly to theatre managers and the people who programme work; that we’ll continue offering exciting, affordable work that attracts a wide audience. And secondly to audiences; that we’ll continue creating a theatrical experience that entertains, provokes and inspires in equal measure.