Arts news round-up
25 July 2016
CAN TONY HALL PROVE HE ISN’T TOO NICE TO MAKE THE CHANGES THE BBC NEEDS?
Director general has promised fundamental change, but so far his vision has been held back by too much compromise
FEED ME A LINE: IDRIS ELBA JOINS RIDLEY SCOTT IN HUNT FOR UK SCRIPTWRITERS
Competitions aim to help new writers get a break in fiercely competitive world of film and television
OFCOM MAY NOT BE READY TO TAKE ON BBC WATCHDOG ROLE UNTIL APRIL
Media regulator is due to take over parts of regulation from BBC Trust – but this may not happen until new charter begins
HAPPY VALLEY PRODUCER: GRITTY NORTH? ‘I GET VERY CROSS ABOUT THAT PHRASE’
Red Productions founder Nicola Shindler on making drama from Manchester which shows humour and warmth
JASON BOURNE DIRECTOR PAUL GREENGRASS: I DON'T DO SOCIAL MEDIA
The new Jason Bourne film might feature a plot involving a global social network, but don't expect to find its director Paul Greengrass tweeting about it any time soon.
SCOTLAND’S FIRST POSTGRAD STAGE MANAGEMENT COURSE ANNOUNCED
Scotland is to get its first postgraduate course in stage management as part of a tie-up between Queen Margaret University and the Edinburgh Stage Management School.
FAULT LINES PROJECT TO DISRUPT THEATREMAKING IN MANCHESTER WITH £450K ACE GRANT
Artists who don’t work in theatre are to be supported to make ambitious new performances in Manchester.
MORE THAN 50% OF HARRY POTTER TICKET HOLDERS ARE NEW TO THEATRE, PRODUCERS CLAIM
More than half of people who have booked to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are first-time theatregoers, the play’s producers have claimed.
N16 AND LOST THEATRE AMONG CONTENDERS TO RUN STREATHAM HILL THEATRE
London fringe venues Theatre N16 and Lost Theatre have been revealed as contenders to run a controversial new theatre in Streatham.
ABANDONED NORTHERN LIGHTS ACADEMY COULD REOPEN UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
An abandoned performing arts school in Hartlepool could open its doors once again after the local council revealed it was trying to find a group to run it.