Here is your weekly bulletin and things are busier than ever so excuse me if I get straight down to business.

Cuppa and a Chat – this is something I would like to continue but I want to create a bit more of a focus so I need you to tell me what you would like to chat about.  Answers on a postcard?  Perhaps the best way would be to leave a comment here or drop me an email

Did you know that you can join a zoom meeting by phone if you have limited internet data.  Here is some information from their website

To join a Zoom meeting via telephone:
On a telephone, dial (408)638-0968. …
At the prompt, enter the Zoom meeting ID provided by the facilitator of the meeting and press #. …
To disconnect from the meeting, hang up the phone.
+44 (0) 20 3695 0088

Today is the deadline to sign up for the ‘In Motion’ workshops.  I am also happy to announce that both the Reserve Adjudicator and the Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say workshops are now full and will be running so look out for some stories after these events.

Recommendations for this week

The Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh have a couple of really lovely projects on the go.  You could contribute to Curtain Up – a beautiful project to create a huge patchwork curtain for the re-opening of the theatre or you could volunteer to be one of the army of people who will be needed to sew it together,  They are looking for 1000 squares from people of all ages and here’s Artist Director David Greig talking about the project


If that’s not your thing, how about sending a love letter to the Lyceum?  With a selection of letters being read by actors and shared in a weekly podcast and some going on to form part of a special one-off show to re-open the theatre, it’s another great project.  Find out more here

Letters to The Lyceum, Edinburgh

Whilst it is great to see so many people staying connected and being creative, we’ve all hardly had time to catch our breath and plan activities in detail.  Our friends at YTAS (Youth Theatre Arts Scotland) are collating advice and links to resources to help young people stay safe online.  Here’s a link to their website for you to see what they have discovered.  It is definitely worth looking at Company Three’s free resources and templates for safe online activity and the link can be found on that page.  These challenges times have resulted in lots of generosity with companies like this sharing their resources.

Another important thing to think about at the moment is performing rights for online performance.  There are lots of discussions going on in different networks about the implications of the amount of material being streamed online.  You must always check with publishers if you want to perform live or stream recorded performances online. 

Writing and performing your own material?  No problem, just don’t be tempted to use music without consulting PRS amount potential musician performing rights (go to our useful links page to find them).  I am attempting to get some general advice from them but don’t take any chances.  You could write your own music? – and by coincidence we have a song writing workshop that you can sign up to before end of today ….

Get Creative continue to provide lots of opportunities to engage with culture and creativity.  Here’s a link to 4 new masterclasses that you might find stimulating.

Lastly from me this week, the BBC Lockdown orchestra was completed last night and broadcast just before 9 pm.  Here’s a link for you to sing along to, you know you want to – YOU GOT THE LOVE!

Hope you have a good week.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected and Be Creative



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