Convener(s): Michael Dempsey

Participants: Me, Sinead and Polly

Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:

Only 3 of us – significant as theatre people perhaps suspicious of enterprise.

Can we depend on the arts council? Should we?

Theatre is a business too. Questions of creative compromise are relevant here.

Alongside self-reliance which, arguably produces better theatre because of greater reliance on audience for funding.

Theatre has to be scavenging, opportunistic and street clever! In the service of creative purpose and our audiences.

Make money any which way to buy back rehearsal and performance time.

Bartering resources with whoever has got something to give theatre, and getting them to pay too when possible and appropriate.

Create your own economic structure of opportunity and creative freedom instead of moaning about the existing ones…