The British Arts Council have had over £100m slashed from their budget. The BBC are spending £800m less per year and restricting budgets for new drama. An increase in online streaming has put pressure on the film and TV industries and people are struggling to afford theatre and cinema tickets. Meanwhile, drama schools are spitting out thousands of hopeful graduates, year after year, into a crowded industry, hoping for success in what has forever been described as ‘not a proper career.’
We’ve promised it, and it’s here. Following last week’s discussion, we have two new London theatre bloggers, Emma Kay and Sarah McPartlan, talking about their favourite theatre venues, actors to look out for, and must-see shows for this season. Sit back, relax, and…take notes!
We sat down with two prominent London theatre bloggers, Francesca Mepham and Terry Eastham, to pick their brains on the theatre industry, favourite venues, actors to look out for, and must-see shows for this season. Here’s what they said:
De-risking experimentation and the future of Discovery in theatre.
Currently, a fraction of new productions might get listed or reviewed online or in print, but when it comes to theatre, space is at a premium. With over 2000 performances every year, good shows still get missed.