November has been an interesting month for the company; we have seen the best of people’s integrity and unfortunately the shadier side of business. The most shocking part of this is that we have been ripped off by another drama education company; I think I have been naive (or perhaps just lucky) to think that Arts people (especially those who work in community settings) are trustworthy and fair minded. My interactions with so many different people during the Wolf were wholly positive and the Midlands has a good community of artists and companies who support each other and have an ethical code of conduct.
Thankfully my recent experience is with a company not based in the Midlands (although they are looking to corner the market in their specific area as they open franchises across the country).
The positives from this whole sorry affair have been the unanimous support of other arts practitioners and business people and the absolute integrity of the other drama specialist who has been put in an invidious position by this company.
We at Open Stage Productions has learned this month that there are Jelly fish just under the surface of the water….The Jelly Fish have yet to learn that once they sting a few swimmers the rest of the potential swimmers find another beach.