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29 May 2015

Press cuttingsWEB PLATFORM TO AID FUNDING BID PROCESS
ARTS PROFESSIONAL
By collating public data sets, developers hope to allow arts organisations to identify gaps in cultural provision and build stronger arguments for funding.
http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/web-platform-aid-funding-bid-process

HENLEY ANNOUNCES LOTTERY PLANS FOR THE REGIONS
ARTS PROFESSIONAL
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.
http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/news/henley-announces-lottery-plans-regions

CHRIS BRYANT MP WARNS OF 'SHRUNK' S4C FUNDING IN FUTURE
BBC
There is a real danger that S4C's funding will be "shrunk" by the Conservative government, according to a Labour MP.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-32884787

BBC IPLAYER BOSS DEFENSIVE AFTER THIRD MONTHLY FALL IN VIEWERS
GUARDIAN
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
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/29/bbc-iplayer-boss-defensive-after-third-monthly-fall-in-viewers

BBC TOLD TO INVESTIGATE AFTER LICENCE FEE PAYER RECEIVED 'THREATENING' WARNINGS
GUARDIAN
Viewer should not have been warned by TV Licensing they might be referred to a debt collection agency, says corporation’s governing body
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/may/28/bbc-licence-fee-payer-threatening-warnings-tv-licensing

SIMON PEGG: ‘I FIND IT VERY HARD TO WRITE FOR WOMEN’
GUARDIAN
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
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/28/simon-pegg-i-find-it-very-hard-to-write-for-women-man-up-tess-morris

GEORGE CLOONEY: SONY HACK EXPOSED GENDER INEQUALITY IN HOLLYWOOD
GUARDIAN
The Tomorrowland star says talks over unequal pay are the ‘only good thing that came’ out of the leaked emails
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/28/george-clooney-sony-hack-exposed-gender-inequality-in-hollywood-pay

ARDAL O’HANLON: ‘I WAS A NERVOUS WRECK BEFORE STANDUP SHOWS’
GUARDIAN
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
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/may/29/ardal-o-hanlon-interview-standup-comedy-father-ted

TO CURSE OR NOT TO CURSE: THE PROBLEMS OF PUBLICISING A POTTY-MOUTHED PLAY
GUARDIAN
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?
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/may/28/to-curse-or-not-to-curse-the-problems-of-publicising-a-potty-mouthed-play

WHY DISASTER MOVIES ARE LEADING THE WAY FOR AGE-APPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS
GUARDIAN
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?
http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/may/27/why-disaster-movies-are-leading-the-way-for-age-appropriate-relationships

ROSE BYRNE: 'I COULDN'T DO STANDUP, MY COMEDY DOESN'T COME FROM JOKES'
GUARDIAN
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
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/may/29/rose-byrne-i-couldnt-do-standup-my-comedy-doesnt-come-from-jokes

GAME OF THRONES STAR EMILIA CLARKE TURNED DOWN FIFTY SHADES OF GREY BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T WANT TO GET NAKED AGAIN
INDEPENDENT
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.
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/game-of-thrones-star-emilia-clarke-turned-down-fifty-shades-of-grey-because-she-didnt-want-to-get-naked-again-10280552.html

MEET THE SCHOOLS PREPARING A NEW GENERATION OF MUSICAL THEATRE WRITERS
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2015/preparing-new-generation-musical-theatre-writers/

BARBICAN AND SOHO STEP IN TO SAVE SHOW CANCELLED AFTER BAC FIRE
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/barbican-soho-step-save-show-cancelled-bac-fire/

IDEASTAP PUSHES BACK CLOSURE TO LAUNCH NEW INITIATIVES
STAGE
Arts charity Ideastap has pushed back its intended closure to launch a final series of initiatives aimed at supporting emerging creatives.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/ideastap-pushes-back-closure-launch-new-initiatives/

YEOVIL COLLEGE TO SHUT DRAMA DEPARTMENT
STAGE
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.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2015/yeovil-college-shut-drama-department/ 

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