The Other Way Works is #HereForCulture

April 2, 2021 by

We would like to recognise the support of £21,574 we have received from Arts Council England and DCMS’ Culture Recovery Fund (Round 2), covering the period April-June 2021. This funding allows us to continue operating at this very difficult time for theatre and the arts, by paying our small freelance artist and producing team to develop new projects that address some of the crucial issues of our current times: the climate emergency, and political corruption.

Online Afterlife Creative Memory Retreat Nov 2020

November 14, 2020 by

If you could take only one memory with you into eternity, which would it be?

One day creative retreat
Sat 28th November 2020 | 10 am- 5:30 pm
Online, from your own home

Let us guide you through a creative process of discovery, exploration, and celebration of your own amazing autobiographical memories.

A carefully curated programme of self-guided creative activities,
With 3 short live group zoom sessions at the start, middle & end of the day to share & reflect, lead by our team.

To register for a free place sign up at

Afterlife is a participatory project in development from The Other Way Works.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with Derby Theatre/University of Derby, and BOM (Birmingham Open Media).

Funding awarded for development work in 2020

March 10, 2020 by

We are pleased to announce that Afterlife has been awarded funding from Arts Council England (Project Grants) for development work on the project to take place in 2020.

Our focus will be on testing our creative ideas on groups of participants in the format of a participatory workshop exploring their own important memories.

We will also be looking to engage with memory scientists to explore the science of memory encoding and retrieval.

Climate leadership not climate denial

January 28, 2020 by

As a tediously conscientious Artistic Director of a theatre company, who receives the lion’s share of its income via Arts Council England’s Project Grants, I subscribed to ACE’s new podcast series “Creative Matters: The Art of Leadership” and gave them a listen. (What do you mean you haven’t heard them yet??!)

Episode 1 was nicely produced and provided some insight about relationships between CEOs and Board Chairs, and they’ve got that Kirsty Lang from the BBC presenting it. So far so good.

Episode 2 was where the problems started (listen from 24:30). It advertised itself as discussing “how organisations can demonstrate good leadership and governance in times of conflict and crisis.”

It featured a guy called Tim Crarer, Chair of Wiltshire Creative, who put forward his concept of good governance which involved taking sponsorship money from fossil fuel companies like BP. He also chucked in a factually incorrect statement about the effect of the RSC ending their BP sponsorship agreement on their cheap tickets for young people. His climate denying opinions went unchallenged in the discussion, and were agreed with by some. This is not my idea of good leadership in 2020.

To provide some context: this is a podcast released by the culture sector’s major funder, the distributor of state funding for art. It styles itself as providing best practice examples of cultural leadership. It is essentially an informal training aid endorsed by the state funder.

In ACE’s new ten year Strategy announced yesterday, Environmental Responsibility is one of their ‘Four Investment Principles’. Their desire is that “cultural organisations to act as leaders within their communities in terms of taking an environmentally responsible approach to running businesses and buildings”.

Tim Crarer’s comments couldn’t be further from ACE’s stated principles. So why are they endorsing his opinions by providing a platform for them?

Maybe you could argue that he’s just a bit out of step, its hard to raise money for the arts, issues that the public get wound up about are always changing – where do you draw the line about what is good money and what is bad money, and can’t you just take the bad money but do something good with it? He makes many of these points himself, check out the transcript.

What these positions ignore is the gravity of climate and ecological breakdown, its not just ‘another issue’, as ACE itself states in their new Strategy “The climate crisis and environmental degradation will be the most significant challenge facing all of us over the next decade and beyond.”

Fossil fuel companies like BP are not neutral players in this arena, far from it. Lobbying group BP or not BP highlights that BP has made the third biggest contribution to climate change of any company in history.

Art not Oil explains why fossil fuel companies pursue such sponsorship arrangements, and why these are so problematic:
“Oil companies cultivate arts and culture sponsorship relationships to help create a ‘social licence to operate’. This contributes to the veneer of legitimacy that enables them to keep expanding operations at a time of climate crisis and to stifle the demands for justice of those communities who live on the frontline of their destructive, polluting operations.”

In the light of the climate emergency the culture sector needs to stop using their social capital to launder the fossil fuel companies’ filthy reputations. And those who endorse the taking of this dirty money are engaging in a form of climate denial.

Its going to be a tough process to turn cultural organisations’ thinking around to dovetail with ACE’s new environmental principles, but the least you could expect is that they would lead from the front.

If you’d like to get involved with getting fossil fuel money out of culture, check out BP or not BP’s planned action at the British Museum on Saturday 8th February 2020.

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A Moment of Madness at Frequency Festival Lincoln

October 10, 2019 by

Our final tour dates of 2019 are nearly upon us. We’ll be appearing as part of Frequency Festival in Lincoln this October. Booking is now open.

Friday 25 – Saturday 26 October 2019
Frequency Festival
Lincoln Drill Hall

Tickets £40 per car (up to 4 people)
Tickets Available – Book here

Talking about The Other Way Works on podcasts

July 10, 2019 by

I’ve been interviewed for two excellent podcasts recently. I talk about the origins of the company, our working style, and go into detail about some of our projects.
Have a listen, and subscribe!

Hack Circus Podcast

TAIT (Talking about immersive theatre) Podcast

(Photo by Gavin Whitner)

A Moment of Madness: Workshop

April 3, 2019 by

A two-day workshop for artists and makers interested in fusing theatre with collaborative gaming and new technologies.

Artists Katie Day and John Sear will share learning from the process of making A Moment of Madness, a new immersive and playful theatre experience which sees audiences thrust into the heart of a political spy thriller.
Open to artists and makers at any stage in their career – be it student, emerging or established, this practical workshop will provide hands-on opportunities to create your own mini experience.

Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th May 2019
10am – 4.30pm

(Birmingham Open Media)
1 Dudley Street
B5 4EG

£ 30
More information & booking via Eventbrite

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, with BOM, Sir Barry Jackson Trust, John Feeney Charitable Trust & Unity Theatre Trust

A Moment of Madness in development

January 10, 2019 by

Here’s a few photos of the project in development.

A Moment of Madness 2019 Tour Dates

November 30, 2018 by

Touring in 2019

Birmingham 3-6 May 2019
World Premiere in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Flatpack Festival.
SOLD OUT Flatpack Festival.

Friday 17 – Saturday 18 May

Watermans Arts Centre, Brentford
Tickets: £40 per car

Friday 2 – Sunday 4 August
Stockton International Riverside Festival, Stockton-on-Tees
Tickets to be released later in 2019

Friday 25 – Saturday 26 October
Frequency Festival
Drill Hall
Tickets £40 per car (up to 4 people)
Frequency Festival Tickets Available

Welcoming Tricia to the team

July 6, 2018 by

We are very pleased to welcome Tricia Coleman to the team, as Producer of A Moment of Madness.

Tricia Coleman is an arts and event producer with a special interest in interactive performance, digital arts practice and new commissions. She is producer for Manchester International Festival (MIF) a biennial arts festival of new commissions; and previously for Abandon Normal Devices (AND), a programme of new approaches to art-making, new cinema and digital culture. Recent projects include: the international tour of virtual reality exhibition Björk Digital by Björk (MIF); Joshua Sofaer’s Workshops in People’s Homes, featuring performative workshops in domestic spaces (AND); and Missing, a game-based interactive theatre experience for young people (with youth charity 42nd Street).