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New Theatre Producer means new direction for Brighton Dome & Festival

  • Date: 23 October 2012
  • Area: South East
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Dugald Bruce-Lockhart as Henry in Propellor’s Henry V, part of the Brighton Dome & Festival’s Autumn 2012 programme. Credit: Manuel Harlan

The appointment of a new Theatre Producer at Brighton Dome & Festival marks a commitment to an increased theatre offer at the venue and a broader and deeper engagement with the organisation’s diverse audiences.

Orla Flanagan joined the internationally recognised Arts Council England National portfolio organisation in January 2012, and her vision is to open the venue up to new audiences and position the venue as the home of high quality theatre all year round.

‘We want to build on the experience of our great theatre programme in Brighton Festival and helping to cement the reputation of Brighton Dome as a recognised year round destination for this art form,’ Orla explains. 

‘We hope to engage more substantially with theatre artists and audiences. Whether that’s by programming high quality theatre for audiences in Brighton to get their teeth into on a regular basis or by creating and nurturing regular relationships with nationally touring companies and artists.’

Orla has established The Works, an opportunity for artists to share work in progress with audiences at the Brighton Dome Studio. The Works offers mid-career artists working in a variety of artforms a chance to present their work in development. It is planned that The Works will become a feature of each spring and autumn season in the Dome’s year-round programme.

‘We want to appeal to people’s sense of curiosity, enabling them to build a rapport and ongoing dialogue with a rich body of theatrical work,’ says Orla.

Orla has also spearheaded a new First Friday event on the first Friday of each month where artists can get together to network in the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre bar.

The Autumn 2012 theatre programme mixes household names such as Hugh Hughes with Fringe First winner Inua Ellams and Paines Plough’s new production London, written by Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.

For a full programme and more information visit Brighton Dome’s website.