#EmmaRice

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#EmmaRice and The Globe

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I declare an interest as a friend and fan of Emma and previous Board member of Kneehigh Theatre.

So what follows is not an attempt to create a balanced view. It is rather the seed of an idea…

Emma has brought light, energy, inspiration, new audiences, new beginnings and fresh creativity to The Globe.

Shakespeare would be chuffed. Surely.

But the Globe’s Board and management have decided that the theatre is better off without Emma’s approach.

I am interested to ask what this might this mean for the relationship between Artistic Directors and the Boards of theatres? And ideas around artistic freedom.

When I began my job as Artistic Director of Battersea Arts Centre it was only a few months before it was clear that I was not as good as the previous guy. The Board could have acted quickly, perhaps giving me an ultimatum “be more…

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