COM­PA­NIES ON ‘STAND­STILL’

Globe’s Lear heads for Richmond Broad­sides tour Gold­smith clas­sic

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pro­file telling us it is “an in­de­pen­dent cam­paign to keep the UK’s leading rad­i­cal theatre com­pany go­ing”. The Paper Birds also saw a boost to its crowd­fund­ing for its lat­est project.

An­other big sur­prise was that Dark Horse, a Hud­der­s­field-based in­te­grated theatre com­pany that works with dis­abled and non-dis­abled per­form­ers, re­ceived a full cut. Artis­tic di­rec­tor Vanessa Brooks said: “To be dropped from the port­fo­lio at this point in our evo­lu­tion af­ter such con­sis­tent in­vest­ment, out­stand­ing feed­back and as­sess­ment, and pos­i­tive en­cour­age­ment from ACE seems quite bizarre”

So, how does the land­scape look? It takes a year for the fund­ing to re­ally come into ef­fect, so 2015 is when the cuts will re­ally start to shape our cul­tural lives.

I am sur­prised about Red Lad­der, Paper Birds and Dark Horse, mainly be­cause to me they seem to be three com­pa­nies do­ing deeply in­di­vid­ual work.

Mind the Gap does some­thing sim­i­lar to Dark Horse, but can it fall to one com­pany (Mind the Gap did well in the fund­ing an­nounce­ments) to rep­re­sent a whole swathe of per­form­ers?

The Arts Coun­cil are in a lose-lose sit­u­a­tion. What­ever they do, they are go­ing to be crit­i­cised. That said, a lot of money has gone to big­ger or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Opera North and North­ern Bal­let are the two big­gest cul­tural com­pa­nies in the re­gion. North­ern Bal­let re­ceived an ex­tra 21per­cent and Opera North an ex­tra £714,000 per year.

They are both cul­tural totem poles and im­por­tant to fund prop­erly for the ben­e­fit of the re­gion, but the Arts Coun­cil preaches great art for ev­ery­one and there is a feel­ing in the cul­tural com­mu­nity that two such seem­ingly elite art forms re­ceiv­ing such a bulk of fund­ing in York­shire is a lit­tle un­equal.

It might not feel like it to the com­pa­nies re­ceiv­ing big cuts, but the cul­tural land­scape hasn’t shifted all that dra­mat­i­cally this week.

Things will con­tinue, they al­ways do and the spirit of sup­port isn’t go­ing to dis­ap­pear.

There is one im­por­tant mes­sage – Third An­gel, the bril­liant Sh­effield com­pany, was cut three years ago. On Tues­day the com­pany be­came an NPO once again. So it’s not nec­es­sar­ily the end of the road for all. AN award-win­ning tour­ing com­pany is set to per­form Shake­speare in North York­shire.

The Globe’s pro­duc­tion of King Lear is di­rected by Bill Buck­hurst and the ti­tle role will be played by Joseph Mar­cell, best known for the US tele­vi­sion se­ries The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

Old King Lear pro­poses to di­vide his king­dom be­tween his three daugh­ters – but re­alises too late his mis­take, crash­ing him into de­spair and mad­ness.

King Lear will be at the Ge­or­gian Theatre Royal, Richmond be­tween Au­gust 27-30. For tick­ets con­tact the Box Of­fice on 01748 825252. NORTH­ERN Broad­sides have an­nounced their full cast for their forth­com­ing au­tumn pro­duc­tion.

Oliver Gold­smith’s She Stoops to Con­quer will be di­rected by Con­rad Nel­son and fea­tures Jon Tren­chard, Lau­ryn Red­ding and Guy Lewis.

The pro­duc­tion will open at the Viaduct Theatre in Halifax from Au­gust 29 to Septem­ber 6.

And af­ter they will go on tour vis­it­ing Har­ro­gate, Scar­bor­ough, Leeds, York and Hud­der­s­field un­til De­cem­ber 13.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.north­ern-broad­sides.co.uk

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