As we all well know, regardless of which sides of the many fences you may sit on, 2016 was a year of great social, political and cultural upheaval. As a result the world of theatre has been galvanised, producing a myriad of works to reflect and open the debate on issues such as gender equality, racial discrimination, political elitism and the current refugee crisis.
By Lara Levet, Partnerships Coordinator @ Stagedoor
Emma Rice became the Globe’s Artistic Director in April 2016, following Mark Rylance and Dominic Dromgoole. Yet, a few days ago, the theatre’s Board decided that Emma’s work didn’t correspond to their conception of the Globe’s mission. Her recent productions and their use of a brand new lighting rig and amp sound system were deemed to distract the Globe from its purpose:
“You’re a good dog, yes you are…yes you are…yes, shall we go and find those smelly refugees?” says the actor to the other actor; the one who’s jumping up and down wagging his imaginary tail and barking with delight.
Conceived, designed, created, passed from hand to hand, rebuilt, attacked, rebuilt, renamed, reimagined, redefined over 200 incredible years, The Old Vic still stands on The Cut; a pillar in London’s rich theatrical history.
By Evi Triantafyllides, Head of Community & Social
Mid-nineties. A duo whose passion and craze for the theatre kept them going through thick and thin, no matter what. Your typical, charming, pub theatre in the heart of Camden, where the nights were always filled with excitement and dare. And then, of course, the annual long trips away from home, all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe, for a much anticipated month of theatre extravaganza.
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.’