STOP PRESS: The Arts Council funds some art
Yes, you read it right. Just had the fantastic news that an ACE application put in by my friend and director of Liquid Theatre Matt Peover, to commission me to write a full length modern Jacobean play, has been granted in full! And with not a BME teenager or a workshop in a deprived area in sight.
As Matt himself so eloquently put it in the application:
"We want to create a big, bold play, which engages with the tone of our uncertain, violent, commodified times, and we want it to speak a theatrical language that can express these themes with an emotional and vivid immediacy. And we want our play to be an accessible and exciting experience even while it charts these difficult waters. It was for these reasons that we looked to the Jacobean plays for inspiration – grand, adrenalised, dark plays of violently effervescent language, which dealt with an era of corruption in which many thought the end of the world was nigh."
So there you go, it is still possible to get money for this sort of thing.
In other news, I've noticed that another friend, writer and dramaturg David Lane, has come up with a novel idea to raise money for his latest show, which has even been picked up by Guardian theatre blogs here. It's sparked off an interesting debate about fringe funding too.
Go and give the man a pound.