27 March 2013

The Invisible Army. How Do We Better Support Our Independent Producers?

The Young Vic

3:30 - 8:30pm

An open space event about independent producers and producing.

Proposed by Emily Coleman, Jo Hammett, Ruth Dudman and Lucy Moore on behalf of SOUPing*

With support from the Young Vic.

Hosted by Improbable.

Date: Wed 27 March

Time: 3.15 for a 3.30pm start

Place: Young Vic, 66 The Cut, London, SE1 8LZ (nearest station Waterloo)

Cost: £6.00


There’s been a surge in the number of exceptional people producing work independently, passionate individuals who are supporting an extraordinary number of artists whose work is reaching high numbers of audiences, across art forms and across the UK. 

And yet this army of hardworking individuals can feel invisible. All too often independent producers are under valued and under paid with limited opportunities for professional development and support.

This is an invitation to people in all roles working in the arts to discuss in an open space format the role of independent producers - how can we create support mechanisms that enable us to grow, thrive and make work happen?  How can we share best practice?  How can we advocate for ourselves and articulate our value to the wider arts ecology?

We want to talk about independent producing with artists, audiences, venues, funders, so that we can put actions in place to support our work better.

We hope that you can make it.

See you soon,

Emily Coleman, Ruth Dudman, Jo Hammett and Lucy Moore

Emily (@EmColeman), Ruth (@ruthdudman), Jo (@Jojohammett) or Lucy (@moore_lucy)


*SOUPing is a simple recipe to increase knowledge, share skills and encourage camaraderie among independent producers.


The Young Vic have held a couple of events to bring producers together as an informal opportunity to meet, chat, share ideas and have a drink. They are testing the water to see if there is any interest in establishing a community/space/forum/network where producers might be able to connect with each other and share practice and ideas.

Booking for this event has now closed.