Well, here we are at a landmark moment in Red Table’s development. We’ve gone and managed to make a success of things. When things are successful, they usually need change to keep that success and development rolling along, and Red Table is no different.
Back in 2010, Piers and I set out with the idea of using Open Book Management as a way of addressing many of the injustices which often happen in Fringe theatre. Through what have been (believe me) many sleepless nights and long days, we’ve managed to use this model to not only treat the people who have worked with us fairly, but to build a viable theatre company. That’s right, from no money in our pockets to a viable company in two years. We’re very proud of that.
Of course, it wasn’t us that did it. Every actor, designer, crew member, investor, producer, assistant director, and too many supporters to list did it. We just facilitated it. Piers and I will continue to fight the case for Open Book Theatre at any and every opportunity that presents itself. It’s open, honest and ethical: what more could you ask of a business model?
In Summer 2011, our little team was fortunate enough to be joined by Nick Field as our Producer. Nick worked as hard as anyone to get behind both Open Book Management, and Red Table itself.
Red Table has now fulfilled the purpose Piers and I initially set out for it two years ago in bringing the beginnings of change to the industry, and we now find ourselves with a lovely little theatre company which seems to have built up some respect in the industry. Only Piers is a writer, and I prefer directing to being involved with the nuts and bolts of production.
And so we’ve decided to do the only sensible thing we can. We’re handing it all over into Nick’s capable hands, in its entirety. Our aims have been fulfilled as far as the company goes, but the company cries out to continue to produce, to assist others in producing, and to remain living proof that the good guys can win.
It doesn’t mean I don’t work with Red Table anymore – on the contrary, it gives the company a much more efficient structure. I’m very much looking forward to simply making my production proposals to Nick, and then either getting or not getting the green light. So much easier for me… (though Nick knows he’s in for a heck of a lot of hard work – he’s a brave man).
And so Phase Two begins. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I introduce Mr Nick Field, the proud new owner of Red Table Theatre. I have no idea what the next two years will bring for Red Table, but with Nick at the helm, I can’t envisage anything but good will come of it.
As always, though, you’ll still be able to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org – just because I don’t run it any more, doesn’t mean I don’t love it….