Peter Bazalgette is right – theatre companies need funding

Peter Bazalgette, the new chair of the Arts Council, has warned against the cuts to arts funding in the UK and has called on business to do more for the culture – ie invest in it. I couldn’t agree more.

We are thinking about taking Martini Bond up to Manchester Pride in August, but this time we need some funding in order to do it. Profit margins are so slim for small theatre companies – and probably large ones too – that it seems you are fortunate if you cover your costs through ticket sales. Forget about paying the actors, crew or writer a living wage. They all need other work to subsidise their dreams (or, after yesterday’s Budget and if you’re George Osborne, aspirations).

We are thinking about holding a James Bond quiz night as a fund-raiser and we will look into applying for grants and approaching business for support. I’m fairly hopeful we will raise some funds. After all, Pride is for a good cause, raising money for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender charities and organisations as well as HIV groups.

Local theatre, local bands or local comedy nights really need your support, though, because these acts are part of the culture of your town, and, as Bazalgette said, “are central to the life of the city and to the local economy”. Without bums on seats, the show can’t go on! So please go and see a local act on in your town.

When was the last time you went to see a local show? Were there many people there? Did you enjoy it? Do you care about arts funding?

March 21, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour, Theatre, Writing. 14 comments.

Veni, Vidi, Venu-ed

We are still hunting for a venue for the Camden Fringe Festival. Our latest preferred venue – a great theatre above a London pub – has told us that they will announce their programme in April. The only trouble is that will be too late for us to apply for more Camden venues…The application process ends next week. (more…)

March 25, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Comedy, Comedy writing, Humour, Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Rewriting history

Write? Right. I keep avoiding doing the rewrite –  the second draft of my play Martini Bond: Her hunt for the spy who loved her mum.

I went along to a London writing group recently, and the advice there was to put your play away in a drawer for months, only to take it back out, throw it in the bin and then sit down and write the play it should be. The only problem is I don’t have months. I just about have weeks. (more…)

March 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Comedy writing, Humour. 2 comments.