COMPANIES ON ‘STANDSTILL’
Globe’s Lear heads for Richmond Broadsides tour Goldsmith classic
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