“A £600,000 Cultural Investment Fund created by Newcastle City Council to attract match funding for the arts from private donors has failed to attract any money since its launch in July.”
“About half of Equity members undertook unpaid work in the past 12 months, with a similar proportion earning less than £5,000 over the year.”
Mark Shenton recounts how this somewhat-naughty-but-entirely-legal picture from San Francisco (which Shenton didn’t even know was online) led the editors of the Sunday Express to decide it was just too embarrassing to keep him on.
Robin Norton-Hale of OperaUpClose: “Theatre critics don’t tie themselves in knots trying to find a way to compare a production at the (rightly) well-funded RSC or National Theatre to one at … the Edinburgh Fringe. Each performance is judged on its own merits. … Far from being a poorer experience, I would argue that seeing a smaller-scale opera is simply a different one.”