Open Space: Where are all the producers?


Open Space: Where are all the producers?

Fri 19th October 2012

6.30pm at Sherman Cymru, Senghenydd Road, Cardiff.

Hosted by Lucid

Have you got work you want to do, but you’re held back by the thought of producing it?
Is setting up a company and multi-tasking the only way forward?
What is a “creative” producer? Are they just a fantasy of the funders?
Isn’t producing just about making it up as you go along?
Do administrators make the best producers?
Is “selling” the producer’s job? And why is “selling” a dirty word?

An invitation from Lucid’s friend Mathilde Lopez, Theatre Director, Artistic director of August 012:

“This is Lucid's third Open Space and this time I get the chance to host one of the discussions that will take place there…

So I am asking: Where are all the producers?

I recently started my own company and have great difficulty to imagine making theatre without that tight collaboration between the director & a producer. I believe this relationship is structural to the development of a company/project and find the default self-producing tendency unsatisfying.

So come and join me at the Sherman on the 19th October 2012 to define and find out who are the future theatre producers of Wales.”

Full details:


6.30pm – 10.30pm


Sherman Cymru,
Senghennydd Road
CF24 4YE

Lucid’s third Open Space is an opportunity to meet up with artists, arts professionals and audiences and to bring your perspective out into the open.

All ages, genders and opinions are welcome, so feel free to continue the inspiring discussions that took place at previous events and at Improbable’s Devoted & Disgruntled Roadshow.

The session will utilise the Open Space process which gives anyone the chance to propose a starting point for discussion, take part in a conversation, or move between them all.

This event is free.


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Comment by carmen medway-stephens on October 10, 2012 at 20:49

Its been tough...but the light is at the end of the tunnel...just need botox for the wrinkles and dye for the grey and I'll be all fixed again. Look forward to the event

Comment by Matt Ball on October 10, 2012 at 9:10

A good question - sorry I can't be there.

I was recently at a conference in Amsterdam about the role of the Creative Producer - something which they don't have an equivalent to in the Netherlands. It was interesting to be part of an interrogation of what the role is. 

One of the problems I often encounter is Directors who "want" a Creative Producer, when what they really want is someone to do all the stuff they don't want to. The relationship only makes sense (and the title) if the Creative Producer is involved from the initiation of the project. Developing the ideas not just the funding application.

PS - There are 58 members of the Producers group on this community.

Comment by Simon Harris on October 9, 2012 at 21:06

If you can create your own work, raise your funding, book your venue, hire and inspire your team, market your show,and keep an eye on the finances, then that's amazing. But maybe we need to be talking about why that seems to be the only option for a lot of people right now. And whether that's sustainable too. Great that so many producers are responding to this. Thanks for the comment, Hannah. Discussions will be collated at And do come along if you can, Carmen - hope you won't be collapsed in a heap by then! 

Comment by carmen medway-stephens on October 9, 2012 at 12:55

I'm writing and producing at the moment for Utah Bride Tour - yes multitasking - i think i need to be there, 

Comment by Simon Harris on October 8, 2012 at 20:43

Thanks, Richard. Would have been great to get your thoughts. As usual, we'll try and post the discussions on the Lucid blog.

Comment by Richard Huw Morgan on October 8, 2012 at 20:33

wish i could make it to this event. very important question Mathilde, look forward to hearing the outcome of this and all other questions that are raised, hope i can make future events. all the best with it Lucid / Simon, much needed.

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