Jermyn Street Theatre’s former artistic director Gene David Kirk has launched an advisory body to help artists stage work on the fringe using a cooperative business model.

The director has set up the group, called the CoOp Theatre, to assist creatives who want to produce work on a profit-share basis, in which all members invest the same amount of money and receive an equal proportion of the profits.

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Next get-together is the 9th Feb 1pm. Stoll Mansions SW6 1DT
There will be a reading of a play in the afternoon, but chats, ideas, tea and biscuits first.
Any new thoughts, proposals, questions and please ALL WELCOME

2014 meeting set for Sunday 19th Jan at 1pm Stoll Mansions SW6 1DT
All welcome to join and set the working and artistic output for the cooperative. Plays will be proposed, workshops to be set and the way ahead to be set.

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Create art the cooperative way.

The first meeting for CoOp Theatre set the tone for the company and outlined a working practice for the future.

The cooperative will be formally establish in January, where initial membership will be open to those in attendance.

We now have the GREEN LIGHT to move forward and start creating and owning our work.

NEXT MEETING: Sunday 19th January at 1pm. Stoll Mansions, Fulham Broadway, SW6 1DT.

This is the new website for CoOp Theatre, why not check out details on our Facebook Page.

Gene David Kirk’s initial statement

“We are self employed – so let’s self employ.

I am setting up a theatre company cooperative. All members will have equal shares. We will stage productions in London, with members using their own time and skills to realise that production : the production members are specifically working on. Making the work you want to make, using the skills you have and devoting time you are prepared to devote.

After costs, all net returns will be divided equally through the active member element of that show…. And so on!

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MEMBERSHIP to the cooperative will be £1.00 and this will constitute a legal and binding agreement to terms that will be voted in by the members at its inception in January 2014.

There will be an open MEETING – ALL WELCOME – in DECEMBER to formulate the basic principles of the cooperative and its activity.

…take control folks.
Create your own work.
Profile yourself.
We are self employed – so let’s self employ.”