Having listened to BBC Radio4’s ‘Front Row’ it demonstrates that the arts, whose members are supposedly progressive and original thinkers are, like so many others, completely brainwashed into the idea that they must find ‘other’ commercial sponsorship because government money is so limited.
The theatre producer and owner, Nica Burns, has said she will endeavour to start opening her range of theatres, starting with Dr Adam Kay’s one man show ‘This is Going to Hurt’, and, in November, the hit musical Six with only that number of performers.
All this is entirely admirable – but why on earth isn’t she understanding that the government is elected precisely in order to create just that money that, in the current pandemic, she and other theatre operators, lack.
And lack it simply for an arbitrary government decision not to create it…
What we need is, I suggest, rather more artists, theatre producers and actors to be more aware of the basic government financial circumstance.
Indeed currently this is very much preferable to the individual and personal financial environment and the everyday difficulties of people who are of course, government constituents and on which theatre so often, quite understandably, concentrates.