Beware the tides of March...and the radical sea change in the fortunes of arts organisations the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.
Today's funding announcements by the Arts Council of England will have a long lasting effect on the cultural landscape of Great Britain.
By slashing 30% of it's grant-in-aid the government left the ACE the unenviable task of passing on those cuts. However, rather than reducing the budgets overall, the ACE has announced bold funding decisions making winners and losers of arts organisations across the country. 206 arts organisations have lost 100% of their funding.
Here's a link to the Guardian's full decisions list.
Have spent a marvelous afternoon in the company of some fine NY actors here in L.A. The workshop was a veritable Shakespeare feast that involved monologues, scene work and a mini-performance in front of an invited audience to wrap with.
Among others I would like to thank Melissa Olson-Clark and Jeremy Stevens for sharing two scenes with us. A particularly fruitful part of the day was spent exploring Shakespeare use of Antithesis and how best to bring the idea alive in performance.
WATCH THIS SPACE...
...for details of my forthcoming book on acting Shakespeare, full of practical games and exercises on how to explore such ideas practically.
The afternoon performance was followed by a Q and A with yours truly during which there was some heated debate on the topic of SUBTEXT. or lack thereof in Shakespeare's plays.