Arts news round-up
5 February 2016
UNIONS RALLY FOR CULTURAL POLICY IN SCOTLAND AHEAD OF MAY ELECTIONS
Entertainment unions in Scotland have launched a manifesto for cultural policy ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May.
DON'T IGNORE PUBLIC OPINION ON BBC, TRUST CHAIR WARNS CULTURE SECRETARY
Rona Fairhead tells John Whittingdale she is very concerned over how green paper responses are handled after reports that some were too left wing
ARCHERS CHARACTER JUSTGIVING PAGE RAISES THOUSANDS FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARITY
Fan of BBC Radio 4 soap raises more than £10,000 for Refuge in response to powerful storyline of Helen Titchener’s abuse
WHY THE NT'S 'NEW WORK DEPARTMENT' IS OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE FOR THEATRE
The National Theatre’s literary department and Studio were recently combined to create an engine house for shows to suit stages of all sizes – and some of them are far from the South Bank
PETITION AGAINST PRIVATISATION OF NEW V&A STAFF CONTRACTS REACHES 40,000
Plan for commercial arm of museum to employ all new staff criticised by PCS union which says cultural public services are being dismantled
AUSTRALIAN VIDEO DIRECTOR ACCUSES NIKE AND THE BBC OF PLAGIARISM
Selina Miles said a Nike commercial featuring Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr and a BBC UK F1 ad bears ‘uncanny similarities’ to her video Limitless
WILLIAM GASKILL, FORMER ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL COURT, DIES AGED 85
Peter Gill and Vicky Featherstone pay tribute to a ‘brilliant, uncompromising’ director who was celebrated for his productions of Bond and Brecht – and for battling stage censorship
YOU BETTER SHAPE UP! WHY THE UK NEEDS TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT MUSICALS ON TV
Sandy, Rizzo and Danny are all over ITV2 tonight as the channel devotes three hours to Grease: Live. So why haven’t other homegrown stations been bitten by the musical bug?
HALL: HOLLYWOOD SHOULD LET WOMEN PLAY 'UGLY' ROLES LIKE CHRISTINE CHUBBUCK
Christine allowed Hall to be 'bold and not concerned about being liked'
FORMER ROYAL COURT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR WILLIAM GASKILL DIES
Director William Gaskill, a champion of new writing who held leading positions with the Royal Court and National Theatre, has died at the age of 85.
LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN AND PLAYHOUSE TO STAGE UK’S FIRST CARBON-NEUTRAL PLAY
Young people at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse are to stage what is claimed to be the UK’s first carbon-neutral play.
ICONIC DANCE SCENES RECREATED BY DISABLED PERFORMERS FOR 11 MILLION REASONS EXHIBITION
Disabled performers have recreated iconic dance scenes from films including Singin’ in the Rain as part of a new exhibition.