theatrebristol.net is an online resource for theatre makers and audiences, initially in Bristol but increasingly nationally. It was built as a way to audit all activity of live performance in Bristol in a non-hierarchical way which would also create community.
The content for theatrebristol.net is user generated. To add a listing users simply have to sign up with a user name and password, anyone can register as a user for free. Once registered users can add opportunities, jobs, notices, classes (taking place in Bristol) and events (happening in Bristol), the only criteria is that content is relevant to live performance. The nature of the user-generated content means that the site is not simply a reflection of the intelligence held by a small pool of staff, but makes visible a broad range of activity from non-professional companies to commercial work.
As well as adding content, if users are Bristol based they can create a profile for themselves, like this one for Theatre Bristol.
The website is administrated and edited by Theatre Bristol staff team as part of our wider activity. We see the site as a key part of what we do allowing the rich community of theatre makers in Bristol to connect with each other and their audience, and to publicise their work and practice. It offers audiences a rich and comprehensive ‘what’s on ‘ resource. It creates a network culture and that is what we’re about.
“... the website creates a meeting place for theatre practitioners all over Bristol. The website becomes the place where discussions can start, collaborations can be found and projects can get off the ground. So many questions about how to get started in theatre as a whole, or on a specific project can be answered with 'build a network' and the website acts as a quick access into the world of theatre in Bristol. I certainly would have had more difficulty entering into this community without it.” Frasia Dunn (Sedated By A Brick)
One area of the site that Theatre Bristol staff do have editorial control over is showcase. If you have an idea for a showcase you should contact a member of Theatre Bristol staff who will be able to send you some guidelines. Showcase articles are designed to be more insightful than a press release and most importantly a good read.
You can also sign up to our mailgroups if you want to share information by email with others who may be interested.