Best of This Week's Theatre Blogs - 18 Sep 2009Date: 18 September 2009
With the hangover from Edinburgh gone and autumn firmly upon us there was little cheer amongst theatre Bloggers this week as the issue of funding came to dominate online conversations. In the wake of grant cuts in Canada Straight.com evoked the spirit of Winston Churchill and asked why the arts matter, getting professionals and amateurs alike to state their case. Meanwhile in America it was 99 seats who passionately put forward the argument for the importance of the arts and why public funding is the key to its survival.
For British Bloggers, however, it was less of a case of why public funding should continue and more how it should be administered. Whatsonstage.com's own Michael Coveney responded to the Arts Council's plan to introduce 150 'Artistic Assessors' with gusto, suggesting in the process that the best thing for ACE might be for those who currently administrate it to resign en masse!
There was less controversy elsewhere as Killing Time led a workshop for the Stephen Joseph Theatre's new adult writing group - and got to make his own little bit of history in the process. Meanwhile Foursight Theatre reflected on the challenges of moving a site specific piece to a new location, in the process giving us an insight into the logistics of the burgeoning area of site sympathetic theatre.
Finally, the subject of money cropped up again on the Stan's Cafe's blog with the trials of marketing leading to the suggestion that it might be better just to let an audience in for free...
Straight.com, Jessica Werb - Why Do The Arts Matter?
99 Seats - Necessary
Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage.com - Arts Council cries for help
Killing Time - The Peggy Ramsey Room
The Corner Shop Blog - Getting down and dirty in Wolves and West Brom
Stan's Cafe - All Steps Completed in Croydon