RED SHIFT CONSULTANCY

Red Shift achieved 30 years experience of hugely successful small and middle scale touring in this country and abroad. The company also offered a tour booking and consultancy service to theatre practitioners, receiving and producing theatres, touring agencies, etc. This work was most recently led by Acting General Manager Jane Hellings. Jane is considered by many to be one of the best informed consultants working in theatre and the cultural industries in the UK. She worked as the Executive Director of Opera Factory for seven years (The resident opera company at London's Southbank Centre), prior to which she held senior management posts with a number of theatres and theatre companies including the Royal Court Young People's Theatre and Red Shift Theatre Company. Jane was a founder Committee Member of The Opera & Music Theatre Forum and is a former board member of the Union Chapel Arts Project, Islington and the Kosh Dance Company. Joining ABL in 1996 Jane led cultural/arts strategies for Swindon Borough Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Elephant and Castle SRB, LB Croydon, Oldham MBC, Torbay District Council, and North Devon District Council. She undertook a number of Arts Council capital and NESTA assessments. Jane developed successful capital Lottery bids for the Arundel Festival, Leicester City Council for the Haymarket Theatre, The Photographers' Gallery, Bristol City Council for the Museum of Bristol (HLF) and Colston Hall (ACE), Pegasus Theatre Oxford, and Philharmonia Orchestra as well as a development study (Stage 2) award for The Last Invasion Centre, Fishguard. Jane led many feasibility studies for a wide range of clients which include five universities, two FE colleges, at least fifteen district councils and a similar number of unitary authorities, a tourist board, two orchestras, two cultural education institutes, four arts centres, five concert halls and seven theatres. In libraries she has worked with Swindon Borough Council, Oldham MBC, Kent County Council, Suffolk County Council, Oxfordshire County Council and Rotherham MBC on strategies to review, renew or rationalise library services, including new PFI library delivery schemes. She worked on capital project development, change management and funding bids for Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Oldham Coliseum, Leicester Haymarket Theatre, Derby Playhouse, Kenneth More Theatre Ilford, Warehouse Theatre Croydon, Central School of Speech and Drama, the Suspect Culture Theatre Company, Wimbledon Theatre, and Pegasus Theatre Oxford. Jane has worked with developers on new and replacement cultural content for mixed use commercial developments in Ilford, Croydon, Kingston, Bury St Edmunds, New Brighton Wirral, and Leeds. She worked with the Theatres' Trust and ODPM on drafting supplementary planning guidance for provision of performing arts venues in town centres. In creative industries Jane led feasibility and market research studies to examine the needs for incubation and workspace for Coventry University, Creative Connections Wellingborough, Newport Pagnell Academy and Dartington Hall Trust. In the heritage sector Jane led projects for Bristol Museums, North Hertfordshire Museums, Black Cultural Archives, the Topolski Memoir and LB Ealing. She has worked on projects to convert many listed buildings to arts or heritage use including two chapels, two churches, a church hall, an old gaol, two schools, a factory and a Manor House.