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Gordon Stratford RIP

Gordon Stratford RIP

Once in a while I have found myself in the right place, at the right time, supported by the right colleagues, and encouraged by the right boss to make stuff happen. Never was that truer than arriving in the disused bank building beside the construction site of Plymouth Theatre Royal in September 1981.  I was […]

Hopeful New Year

Hopeful New Year

As we begin a new year with trepidation, each of us I suspect has waves of different emotion. I have a mix of lethargy, internal emotional lockdown/freezing, anger at the political measures which have led the UK to this awful situation,  hope for the future, and confusion on how best of make sense of being […]

I’m Dreaming again…

I’m Dreaming again…

I have a rich dream life, usually a strange and very enjoyable juxtaposition of mundane and completely surreal – little taxis made of jelly running around the floor, magpies with corkscrew tails, and then once in a while I wake up having ‘invented’ something.  In the night my head has moved into work mode and […]

It’s OK to cry

It’s OK to cry

I went to Perth Theatre’s virtual live interactive family pantomime with Kath on Friday night. Hopefully last time I will sit wrapped in a duvet booing the baddie and shouting behind you to a dame. Next time I will be in a gold/red plush theatre.  (apologies to all international readers who will not understand what […]

"Falkirk producer secures lottery funding"

“Falkirk producer secures lottery funding”

Thank you to the Falkirk Herald. After 8 months of trying to get some news coverage for the creation of the CGO Institute and the first cloud-based Diploma in Creative Producing, the Herald has covered the story with a special focus on being a local.  Albeit a local who has only been in the area […]

Making management more colour-ful.

Making management more colour-ful.

My thanks to all those who commented last week on my blog bemoaning (a little bit) the inability to get press coverage for good news.  I am now delighted to have in my corner a glass half full / marketing and comms assistant for all my work in Scotland (thank you Creative Scotland for supporting […]

How to market good news?, and keeping the glass half full.

How to market good news?, and keeping the glass half full.

As lockdown continues around the world in varying degrees of severity, the only things that seem to get traction on the news are scandal, disaster, and fluffy kittens.  I am finding it impossible to get any traction on news about the invention of the CGO Institute inside lockdown, the recruitment of a Faculty of 20 […]

Inspiring Cloud Diploma

Inspiring Cloud Diploma

So what have I learned from the first week of running a new Diploma course online? How have I been inspired, reassured, or worried ?  How will I take this forward as I open applications for the 2nd cohort of Creative Producers who will join the CGO Institute in April? And how will it influence […]

On the eve of the CGO Institute

On the eve of the CGO Institute

Tomorrow morning, at 10am, 9 aspirational creative producers from four countries will gather in the clouds to start the first Diploma in Creative Producing as the doors open on the CGO Institute.  By the end of the first day of orientation they will have met 7 of our 20 Faculty, and we will have considered […]

We are a vital viable industry

We are a vital viable industry

We are all living through times which most of us have never imagined, and none of us have experienced.  My chosen career is being described as part of a non-viable business, despite having earned a living in it and paid taxes to our esteemed government for 40+ years.  The theatres and concert halls are closed […]