Welcoming in the new year 2017 with creative plans

Ellen looks back on our best bits of 2016 and shares one of our creative resolutions for 2017. 

So here we are, at the end of 2016. It may not have been a great year globally, but I’ve been reviewing what we did this year and there’s certainly some stuff worth remembering. There have been downs as well as ups of course. Countless applications for funding and support sent out and come back unsuccessful. But we’ve met and worked with some lovely people, and really grown as a company.

I’ve put together a list of our best moments in 2016 below. If you want to keep tabs on what we’re doing in the new year remember to sign up to our mailing list.

Our best bits of 2016

327 audience members came to see our Fetish Julius Caesar at Brighton Fringe. We completed our first ever audience survey which we’re really proud of doing. This gave us some great feedback to apply as we move forward.

We made our first showreel as we had Fetish Julius Caesar professionally filmed. Here’s that showreel along with some of our favourite audience feedback quotes.

We ran our most successful crowdfunding campaign for Fetish Julius Caesar. An online course through udemy about running a crowdfunder  taught us so much and we really put this into practice.

We met and worked with some wonderful people. We were thrilled to get the chance to work with Eden Alexander again, not only as an actress in Fetish Julius Caesar but also as a core member of the company. Eden now runs the company with Kelli and I – we will be updating the people page on our website soon, promise!

We also met the brilliant actor Guido Garcia Lueches who played Brutus in our Fetish Julius Caesar and is now helping us develop our new work. For the first time ever we had a makeup artist work with us on a show. Charlie Temperton did a fantastic job helping us with Fetish Julius Caesar and is an all round lovely person to work with. And we had a lighting designer for the first time ever (I know). Oliver Bush did a brilliant job in tough conditions on Fetish Julius Caesar and we can’t wait to get the chance to work with him again.

We participated in workshops with Improbable and Complicite and learned a lot to apply to our own work! Then in November we ran our first Scratch Night which was really successful and lovely. We can’t wait to run the next one.

Our creative new year’s resolutions 2017

In November we had a 2017 planning day with Eden, Kelli and I. We chatted about our vision and dreams for the company both for 2017 and beyond. We came up with a set of goals and resolutions for 2017. One of the most exciting ones for me is to return our focus to the creative. This year we’ve found that administrative tasks have often got in the way of us taking time to play and create, which in the end is what we’re all about.

So our creative new year’s resolution for 2017 is to have Band Practice once a month. No, we’re not a band, but we liked this phrase because bands make music together and have regular practice so they can do this. We make theatre together. So we’re having a monthly practice.

At our first Band Practice in December we made this fun Christmas video.

Share your creative resolutions with us

Next week we’re hosting a creatives networking event. It’s on January 5th and will be a chance for creatives to meet and share their creative resolutions and goals for 2017. Join us if you can.

You are invited to Witness Theatre's winter creative's networking event. Meet other creatives and share plans and goals for 2017. Jan 5th. 6:30pm. The Dorset Brighton.

Now over to you. Let us know your best bits of 2016, or any creative resolutions you have for the new year in the comments below! Don’t forget to sign up to our mailing list to keep up to date with what we’re doing in the new year.

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