Arts news round-up
29 January 2015
DAVID MORRISSEY AND JULIE WALTERS CALL FOR AN END TO EXPLOITATION IN THE INDUSTRY
Actors David Morrissey and Julie Walters are backing an Equity campaign aimed at ensuring performers are paid properly, with Morrissey claiming the “culture that exploits people’s love of their work” has to end.
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AFFECT 20% OF SHOWBIZ PROFESSIONALS, SURVEY FINDS
One in five people working in entertainment has actively sought help for mental health issues, new research has found
SWANSEA PALACE WINS EXTRA TIME TO MAKE URGENT REPAIRS
The owner of Swansea’s Palace Theatre has been granted additional time by its local council to complete urgent repairs needed to make the property safe.
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET UNVEILS £2.7M REHEARSAL SITE
Birmingham Royal Ballet has unveiled refurbished rehearsal facilities – including the creation of an informal 100-seat performance space – following a £2.7 million transformation project.
MUSICAL THRILL ME – THE LEOPOLD AND LOEB STORY TO TOUR
The production, directed by Guy Retallack, has a book, music and lyrics by Stephen Dolginoff
BECTU LAUNCHES PAY SURVEY FOR UK THEATRE WORKERS
Backstage union BECTU has launched a survey for theatre workers across the UK aimed at understanding the impact arts cuts have had on pay.
BRUNTWOOD PRIZE FOR PLAYWRITING 2015 OPENS ENTRIES
Submissions for the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015 are now open, with original, unperformed and unproduced plays eligible for entry.
ROBBIE COLTRANE RUSHED TO FLORIDA HOSPITAL AFTER FLIGHT
Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane has been admitted to hospital in Orlando, Florida, after falling ill with flu-like symptoms during a flight.
SELMA STAR DAVID OYELOWO DISAPPOINTED BY BAFTA SNUB
The British actor plays Martin Luther King in the film about the 1965 campaign in Selma, Alabama, for equal voting rights for African-Americans.
NEW ACTRESS CAST AS CORONATION STREET'S BETHANY PLATT
Newcomer Lucy Fallon, 19, began filming on the ITV soap earlier this week.
DOWNTON ABBEY'S FUTURE IN DOUBT AFTER JULIAN FELLOWES FAILS TO COMMIT
Several stars from ITV’s hit drama said to be talking to producers in the US as fears that sixth series will be its last
CHILDREN'S TV AND CURRENT AFFAIRS UNLIKELY TO BE INVOLVED IN BBC COMPETITION REVOLUTION
News comes as a relief to programme makers who will avoid the biggest upheaval in BBC production for a generation
LUTHER STAR IDRIS ELBA PRESENTS STORY OF NOW FOR BBC
Documentary uses ground-breaking interactive technology to explore 20 of the world’s fundamental issues