Best of this Week's Theatre Blogs - 11 Dec 2009Date: 11 December 2009
This week proved that the power of an offhand tweet should not be underestimated. Parabasis tweeted a rather troubling statistic that suggested that in a new survey of American playwriting 9 out of 10 playwrights were graduates of just seven University programmes. Though Parabasis later clarified his statement the debate hand already begun.
At The Hub Review the reaction wasn't so much one of shock as of resignation, with the question being raised as to the impact this may be having on playwrights who aren’t part of the University system. David Dower, however, stepped in to quote the actual report proving it to be rather less shocking than the fuss it had generated.
For Matthew Freeman, however, the statistics were neither shocking nor particularly revealing as he questioned how much a report could show about theatre.
Diversity was also an issue in Australia as Alison Croggon took part in a Forum on Women in Theatre and subsequently considered her thoughts on the subject - and what action should be taken.
Finally, there was job diversity of a slightly different kind as on the Stan’s Café Blog as a night running a Box Office proved a little bit more complicated than expected…
On Theatre and Politics, Matthew Freeman - From the “Well! Knock me over with a feather” department