In Battalions State of the Industry round table

Tuesday 5th July, 6:30pm at White Lab, Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins


In 2013, Tamasha’s Artistic Director, Fin Kennedy, and co-author Helen Pickford, wrote In Battalions, a report into the effect of the Arts Council’s cuts to theatres capacity to develop new plays and playwrights. As part of London Writers Week, Fin Kennedy will host an In Battalions: State of the Industry round table to discuss the Government’s current funding plans and the effects the cuts have had to date. 

A truly open discussion, all attendees will be afforded the opportunity able to take part and air their thoughts, observations and analysis. Speakers will include theatre professionals as well as representatives from Arts Council England. 

An excellent opportunity to network with artists and professionals this will be a chance to take part in a political discussion about how the industry works, its relationship to the current government and what the future might hold for those working in the arts. This could be the catalyst for a second, far reaching In Battalions report. 

Free to attend, this event will interest artists of all cultural backgrounds and at all stages of their careers.  

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Confirmed speakers include:

Mags Patten, Arts Council England, National Director of Communication, Arts Council England
An update on the current state of government funding of arts and culture and what the future might hold post-Brexit.

David Edgar, playwright
On the results of the research findings of the British Theatre Consortium.

Natalie Songer, researcher
Case study on the Mercury Theatre Colchester’s ‘Act V’ programme on mental well-being.

Scott Lyons
Recent graduate, and theatre company director discussing how his theatre company have been able to fund a production from non-government sources and bodies .

Fiona Whitelaw, actress
OThe difficulty of getting a play funded through Arts Council with a grant that actually reflects production costs and artistic vision.

Rebecca Manson-Jones, director
On the challenges of independent small scale touring.

Tom Mansfield, director
On transitioning out of the pub-theatre fringe model and Creative Europe funding.