Arts news round-up
29 May 2015
WEB PLATFORM TO AID FUNDING BID PROCESS
By collating public data sets, developers hope to allow arts organisations to identify gaps in cultural provision and build stronger arguments for funding.
HENLEY ANNOUNCES LOTTERY PLANS FOR THE REGIONS
Arts Council England sets targets for Lottery spending across its five regions, with 90% of a new £35m fund for developing talent and building cultural capital earmarked for outside London.
CHRIS BRYANT MP WARNS OF 'SHRUNK' S4C FUNDING IN FUTURE
There is a real danger that S4C's funding will be "shrunk" by the Conservative government, according to a Labour MP.
BBC IPLAYER BOSS DEFENSIVE AFTER THIRD MONTHLY FALL IN VIEWERS
After Peter Kay’s Car Share is the most requested show in April, Dan Taylor-Watt blogs about the catch-up service’s decrease in popularity
BBC TOLD TO INVESTIGATE AFTER LICENCE FEE PAYER RECEIVED 'THREATENING' WARNINGS
Viewer should not have been warned by TV Licensing they might be referred to a debt collection agency, says corporation’s governing body
SIMON PEGG: ‘I FIND IT VERY HARD TO WRITE FOR WOMEN’
The star of romcom Man Up and the film’s writer, Tess Morris, talk about working together, why people have lost respect for the genre, and how When Harry met Sally became a hard act to follow
GEORGE CLOONEY: SONY HACK EXPOSED GENDER INEQUALITY IN HOLLYWOOD
The Tomorrowland star says talks over unequal pay are the ‘only good thing that came’ out of the leaked emails
ARDAL O’HANLON: ‘I WAS A NERVOUS WRECK BEFORE STANDUP SHOWS’
The standup, actor and author talks about stage fright, life after Father Dougal, being the son of a politician and how he prefers to snipe from the sidelines
TO CURSE OR NOT TO CURSE: THE PROBLEMS OF PUBLICISING A POTTY-MOUTHED PLAY
Both the National and Bush theatres are putting on plays with sweary titles this year. But how will they promote them? And what should journalists call them?
WHY DISASTER MOVIES ARE LEADING THE WAY FOR AGE-APPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS
In San Andreas, the leading couple are the same age, a rarity in a Hollywood blockbuster. But why is an earthquake movie blazing a trail?
ROSE BYRNE: 'I COULDN'T DO STANDUP, MY COMEDY DOESN'T COME FROM JOKES'
The actor on being funny, serious and successful – and her delight that the fight against ‘illegal’ sexism in the film industry is finally landing some blows
GAME OF THRONES STAR EMILIA CLARKE TURNED DOWN FIFTY SHADES OF GREY BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GET NAKED AGAIN
She may have her fair share of nude scenes in Game of Thrones, but Emilia Clarke has revealed that the idea of getting her kit off made her turn down the lead role in Fifty Shades of Grey.
MEET THE SCHOOLS PREPARING A NEW GENERATION OF MUSICAL THEATRE WRITERS
Far too often the process of creating new musicals is regarded as less significant than the penning of straight plays, so when one of the UK’s flagship performing arts schools champions a new writing course in the art form, it has to be a positive move towards the genre being taken more seriously.
BARBICAN AND SOHO STEP IN TO SAVE SHOW CANCELLED AFTER BAC FIRE
A show by disabled artist Jess Thom, which was cancelled following the fire at Battersea Arts Centre, is to be resurrected after Soho Theatre and the Barbican stepped in to support it.
IDEASTAP PUSHES BACK CLOSURE TO LAUNCH NEW INITIATIVES
Arts charity Ideastap has pushed back its intended closure to launch a final series of initiatives aimed at supporting emerging creatives.
YEOVIL COLLEGE TO SHUT DRAMA DEPARTMENT
A Somerset further education college is proposing to shut its performing arts and music department, claiming a decline in interest has made its courses unviable.