Fireside Chats

This is your chance to earwig on a series of informal interviews with leading industry professionals while enjoying a cup of coffee in our Rocksteady Networking Café.

Relax as artists, actors, industry professionals and leading pedagogues talk you through their career so far and how they got there, recounting funny stories from the road and providing advice to others seeking a similar path. We’ll also get the gen on a number of education initiatives you’ll find useful for  students, and find out more about the education and outreach work of some of the  UK’s leading arts establishments.


Thursday 22 February

Simon Pittman | Associate Director (Learn & Train) at Frantic Assembly


Q&A with the man responsible for the education arm of phenomenally successful theatre company Frantic Assembly. Now a set practitioner on the drama syllabuses of the major exam boards, this is a chance to hear about the company’s practice from the horse’s mouth.


Ruth Jones | Arts Award accreditation


Ruth talks us through Arts Award accreditation across both music and drama. Find out how the initiative inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents.


Kerry Andrew | BBC Ten Pieces composer


We interview Kerry Andrew about her a cappella voices composition for BBC Ten Pieces, No Place Like.


John Kelly | Drake Music Associate Musician


John will combine a Q&A with a performance using his unique ‘Kellycaster’ guitar, designed for his specific needs, giving you new ideas for creative adaptations that can be made to instruments.



Friday 23 February

Georghia Ellinas | Head of Learning at Globe Education


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre has been a prolific education provider from before it was even fully built. Head of Learning Georghia Ellinas will be on the performance stage today to answer questions about the Globe’s education work, and teaching Shakespeare more generally.


Al Murray


Al Murray is a keen drummer, beginning lessons at the age of nine, and gigging and penning articles for Rhythm magazine in its early days. Al is now Co-Director of the British Drum Company and joins us to chat comedy, music, tales from the road, and the drive behind setting up a new all-British drum manufacturer.


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