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WGGB is proud to be partnering with HighTide for the Inventing the future virtual symposium that brings together theatre and change-makers with inspiring creative thinkers, artists and doers.

Featuring a two-day programme of provocations, insights and debate, the Inventing the future symposium takes place on Friday 22 and Sat 23 October 2021 online via the virtual platform Hopin.

It will tackle some of the key themes of our time: anti-racism, climate change and new opportunities created by technology and innovation.

The symposium is for all those working in theatre who don’t want to go back to ‘normal’ post-pandemic.

You might be a theatre-maker, playwright, commissioner or producer; working for an organisation or self-employed; you might have worked in the sector for decades or are just starting out.

As theatre emerges from the pandemic, Inventing the future helps us re-imagine theatre in a world impacted by Covid-19.

Richard Pinner, Theatre Chair of WGGB, said:

“The Covid pandemic has delivered acute challenges to the theatre landscape, but it is not the only pressing issue on the horizon for the sector.

“Equality and diversity, climate justice and the digital revolution afforded by streaming are just some of the areas WGGB has set its sights on in advocating for our playwright members.

“We are therefore delighted to be continuing our close working relationship with HighTide by partnering with them on their forthcoming Inventing the future symposium, and to support their progressive, influential and vital work.”

Confirmed panels and speakers Include:

Innovation and new technologies

  • Chair, Annette Mees (Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House)
  • Caridad Svich, playwright (New York)
  • Jack Lowe, Artistic Director, curious directive
  • Tim Robinson, Chief Executive, Tech East


  • Chair, Amanda Parker (Inc Arts)
  • Chino Odimba, playwright and Artistic Director, Tiata Fahodzi
  • Matilda Ibini, playwright
  • Lian Wilkinson, producer, New Earth Theatre
  • Eleanor Root, Collections and Learning Curator, Ipswich Museums


  • Chair, Steve Waters, playwright
  • Dawn King, playwright
  • Paddy Dillon, Chair of the Theatres Trust
  • Rosie Eline, theatre designer
  • Vanessa Havard Williams, Global Head of Sustainability, Linklaters

Provocations from HighTide’s Associate Artists and Patrons including:

  • The Queer House
  • Chris Sonnex (Artistic Director, Cardboard Citizens)
  • Nick Hytner (Artistic Director, London Theatre Company)

Closing Address by Amy Vaughan, Director of Touring and East of England, Arts Council England.

Additional speakers to be announced, including WGGB-led sessions. Panels are subject to change.


Tickets are £25 and include all symposium sessions as well as livestream access to readings of four new plays being presented at the New Wolsey Theatre as part of HighTide’s live Inventing the future festival on 22 and 23 October 2021.

Discounted tickets (£15) are available for WGGB members, freelancers, NPO organisations and support sector organisations.

How to book

To book please click here to purchase your tickets. Once you’ve been through the booking system you’ll be sent a confirmation email which contains a link to the symposium registration page and a password.

If you have any issues booking please email


All symposium sessions will be captioned. To discuss additional access requirements please contact