Arts news round-up
23 October 2014
EQUITY CRITICISES PLANNED 7AM START FOR CHILD ACTORS
Equity has hit out at plans to allow child performers to start work at 7am – an hour earlier than adults – and has called for more clarification on aspects of the government’s plans to streamline child performance regulations.
EQUITY PREPARING FRESH CASE FOR ACTORS IN MINIMUM WAGE ROW
Union Equity is maintaining that four actors involved in a profit share production in 2012 should be paid the minimum wage, stating that it will make “fresh representations” to an employment tribunal over the issue.
NATIONAL THEATRE WALES ANNOUNCES NEW PLAY BASED ON FIRST OPENLY GAY RUGBY PLAYER
National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint are to co-produce a verbatim play about the UK’s first openly gay rugby player Gareth Thomas.
THEATREGOERS IN BELFAST ACCUSED OF FAKING DISABILITIES TO GET FREE TICKETS
Belfast’s Grand Opera House is to review an access scheme for disabled customers, following evidence that it is being abused by people pretending to have disabilities.
THE MIST IN THE MIRROR TOUR RECEIVES £76K IN ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND FUNDING
The Oldham Coliseum Theatre will receive £76,308 in funding from Arts Council England to support a new touring production.
FRINGE DIRECTORS NEED CLARITY ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE RULES
In the past I’ve staved off the winter blues by getting actors who feel the same together and, unpaid, putting on some Shakespeare (as obscure as possible to give us all a real mental work out).
TATE BOSS SIR NICHOLAS SEROTA TOPS ART POWER LIST
Sir Nicholas topped ArtReview magazine's annual Power 100 list for helping Tate "punch above its weight in the global network of influence".
PRE-MONTY PYTHON TV COMEDY EPISODES REDISCOVERED
Two episodes of 1960s TV comedy At Last The 1948 Show, which starred pre-Monty Python John Cleese and Graham Chapman, have been found after almost 50 years.
WILKO JOHNSON SAYS HE IS 'CANCER FREE'
Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has said he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012.
SAM SMITH CLEANS UP AT MOBO AWARDS BUT EVENT CALLED A 'SHAMBLES' BY VIEWERS
For many people like Sam Smith, who took home four trophies, the Mobos were a highlight of the year.
S CLUB 7 REUNITE FOR CHILDREN IN NEED
Pop group S Club 7 are to reunite for the first time in more than a decade for Children in Need next month.
MIKE READ WITHDRAWS UKIP CALYPSO SONG
Former BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has requested a song he wrote in support of UKIP be withdrawn from sale following complaints that it was racist.
BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC HITS BIGGEST-EVER WEEKLY AUDIENCE WITH NEARLY 2 MILLION
Lauren Laverne presents most popular show with 868,000 listeners, but Nick Grimshaw continues to struggle on Radio
RUPERT MURDOCH ROLE UNFILLED BECAUSE ACTORS ARE TOO SCARED TO PLAY HIM
Who will dare to play Rupert Murdoch on the West End stage? Evidently, actors are not lining up for the part because they fear his power.