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Strike A Light #PullUpOrShutUp

Strike A Light’s response to #PullUpOrShutUp

We completely support the call for action for greater transparency regarding Black representation in the British Theatre industry.

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Freelance task force: an open letter to theatre and performance makers

We’re joining more than 100 other arts organisations across the UK to help establish a ‘freelance task force’ – one way of supporting freelancers working in the arts while in-person events can’t happen. The open letter that we’ve signed, and the support we’re giving This is a letter to self-employed and freelance theatre and performance […]

Artists on lockdown: Viv Gordon

A conversation with theatre-maker, survivor activist & arts and mental health campaigner Viv Gordon

Fantastic free shows to enjoy from home

Hello lovely Strike A Light friends – hope you’re all OK. We miss seeing you! 😭 But while lockdown is in effect, we still want to find ways to share in amazing experiences with you. So here’s a quick selection of a few fantastic, free shows that you can enjoy from home this week: In […]

Culture in a time of crisis – and events in a time of isolation

Since it first became apparent that the UK was not going to escape the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve felt the need to say…something about it, and about the relationship between culture and crisis. I guess we’re all – everybody – trying to orientate ourselves right now and saying stuff out loud can be part of how […]

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Coronavirus Update

(Updated 17 March- 11am) Following yesterday’s announcement from the government we have made the difficult decision to cancel all our shows and workshops this week. We will be contacting all audience members, participants and artists as soon as we can. You can choose to swap your ticket to a future Strike A Light event- we […]

Youth Arts & Activism

Over the past few months we have been working with an *incredible* group of young climate activists from Gloucester who are part of ‘UKSCN Gloucester’ and organise the Youth Strikes for Climate in the City. Last month we supported the group to organise a fundraiser ‘Australia is Burning’ at Gloucester Guildhall, to raise funds for […]

Co-creating change in Gloucester

Hi everyone, my name is Philippa and I am an Associate Producer for Strike A Light.  I am currently working on a project called ‘co-creating change‘ which is an initiative to encourage everyone to work together to create something special for their communities.  Gloucester has a thriving African and Caribbean community and as a member, […]

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Why a programme to empower female arts leaders is so important

Last week I made a list of people to set up meetings with for a project. Because those meetings were with leaders of organisations, *there were more people called Richard on that list than there were women* It’s time for a new way of working. In the last few months two things happened. The Point […]

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Made at Hawkwood: Friday Reads

About three years ago, Alicia from Hawkwood and Emma Jane, our Co-Artistic Director, cooked up a cunning plan to offer artist residencies in the beautiful setting of Hawkwood, with producer support from Strike A Light.  Like all residencies, working for a week at Hawkwood provides invaluable time and space for artists to develop their shows, […]

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Made in Gloucestershire

We have been working with Vinnie Heaven for the last few years and their show She’s A Good Boy began its development through a residency at Hawkwood. The show, about non-binary gender, was a reminder of the power of theatre. Young people were able to see someone like them on stage and went from thinking […]

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Overcoming Obstacles: Friday Reads

Hello! I’m Scott and I’m the Events and Tech Intern here at Strike A Light and GL4. The job sounds like it covers a lot and that’s because it really does! I could be up scaffolding focussing a light one day and chatting to a venue manager trying to organise an event the next. I […]

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My Unexpected Journey: Friday Reads

Hi, I’m Ellie. Having lived in Gloucester for the majority of my life, you realise that there were very few opportunities for young creatives. So like the majority of Gloucester students at the time, I couldn’t wait to get out of here, and I packed my bags and went to London to study Professional Dance […]

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Lifting the lid on the secret best nights out in Gloucester

Act 1. ‘There’s nothing going on in Gloucester’ Gloucester… is a dump. At least, that’s what Google’s autocomplete will tell you if you start typing in ‘Gloucester is…’ In a 2016 survey, students at the University of Gloucestershire were asked to name their single favourite thing about the city. The overwhelmingly top answer, the runaway […]

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What happened at The Money : Friday Reads

The Money by Kaleider at Gloucester Cathedral is one of those events we are definitely all going to be talking about for years to come. Eliott Sheppard was one of those lucky enough to watch as the drama of this unique, participatory show unfolded. “Bringing together a community from all different backgrounds has been something […]

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Behind the scenes of Pinocchio: Friday Reads

Happy New Year! In 2020, we want to give you more ‘behind the scenes’ info from Strike A Light. We work with some amazing people and deliver projects which never make it onto our website pages, so “Friday Reads” is going to be a way for us to share more with you. Each Friday, we’ll […]

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Surviving GDPR as a small arts organisation

You’ve heard people saying the letters GDPR in hushed tones with panic stricken faces. You know it’s to do with data protection and something important you should be doing by 25 May. You may also have started reading through the ICO website and then decided at the line “standard data protection clauses in the form of template […]

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THANK YOU for supporting our campaign

Thank you so much for donating to our campaign. Because of all of you, children in Gloucester now get to see a show for FREE!