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ITC  Conference:  “Who Cares?” 

Monday 21st November 2022, The Albany, Deptford 

Start 11am, networking lunch (provided) 1pm, drinks in partnership with Equity 5:30pm

We’ll be starting the day with a set of provocations impacting our sector and join together in interactive peer-learning breakouts to address these issues and problem-solve.



Provocations include

Josette Bushell- MingoPrincipal of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Shami Chakrabarti, Chair of Gate Theatre, CBE, British politician, barrister, and human rights activist.

Carolyn Forsyth,  Executive Director and Joint CEO of Talawa

Leanne Jones, Company Executive Director of 20 Stories High

Ceri Payne & Ben Stephen, The Albany

Afternoon Breakouts:

Session 1 options:
Ali King, Turtle Key Arts & National Centre for Circus Arts, asks “How do we manage team morale with NPO cuts from a governance prospective?”
Ria Parry, The North Wall, asks “How do we manage the cost-of-living crisis?”
Keisha Thompson, Contact MCR, asks “The four-day week; how do we move from principle to practice?”
Natalie Adams, Trigger, asks “How do we protect Black, Asian, ethnically diverse and marginalised groups on live, outdoor productions?”

Session 2 options:

Ruth Moore, TORCH, asks “Is collaborating with universities too hard, too slow, too contained?” 
Emma Rees, Theatre Centre, asks “How to balance team care and self-care as a CEO in turbulent and confusing times?”
Karrim Jalali, Equity, asks “How do we make theatre more parent and carer friendly?”
Paddy Dillon, The Theatre Green Book, asks “How to take the inspiration of the small scale to sustainability real for the whole sector?”

For the first time since our last ITC Conference was cancelled in March 2020, we are inviting our members back for a live, national event to be held at our home in Deptford and in partnership with The Albany. During this day-long conference, we will examine what it means to care for ourselves, our teams and our communities.

The independent sector has been resourceful, active, imaginative, and effective through these turbulent times. We want to shine a spotlight on what ITC members have done well, recognise the achievements and share the learning. 

Mental health and well-being have been severely compromised by isolation, stress, uncertainty and fear for the future. We want to explore practical solutions to this and launch a new ITC Project – ‘Learning through Listening – Healing through Hearing’.  

We recognise the pressures that managers and boards have been under over these challenging times and through facilitated sessions will look at how these people can manage their responsibilities as employers, improve their practice and get support from each other.

Book your tickets today and plan to join us in rebuilding the confidence and well-being of our community.

DATE: Monday 21st November 2022, 11am – 6:30pm (drinks at 5:30pm)
VENUE: The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford SE8 4AG
PRICE – FINAL WEEK FOR EARLY BIRD OFFER: £40 +VAT |  Standard price after 1st November: £50+VAT – we encourage you to also bring a board member or additional staff.

This is an exclusive ITC Members’ event, login to book. 

Access: We are keen to make this conference accessible for all our members, please contact us at an early stage to discuss how we can help.   


T: 0207 403 1727

How to get here:  The Albany is located in the heart of Deptford, just off the high street: Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG 

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Two minutes walk from step-free Deptford Station (Rail) and eight minutes walk from New Cross Station (Rail and Overground). With multiple bus routes and a nearby DLR link.

The Albany’s Box Office, theatre, studios and café are all on the ground floor, as well as some of the meeting rooms. They also have fully accessible toilets on the ground floor and lift access to the first-floor meeting rooms.

Deptford Station and News Cross stations have step-free access. 

Limited disabled parking is available to the rear of the building, there are nearby, free parking spaces for Blue Badge holders in Frankham Street car park and there is also free on-street parking on Watson Street and Octavius Street. 

Assistance animals can be brought into any space. 

For more information on accessibility visit The Albany’s Accessibility page.

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