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Edinburgh Fringe firm’s collapse turns drama into tragedy for performers

7th December 2011

An award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe company has collapsed leaving a huge trail of debts – and demands for a shake-up in the way theatre groups are paid. At least are dozen companies are still thousands of pounds out of pocket after Remarkable Arts failed to hand over box-office takings at the end of this year’s festival. The company, run by a former general manager of the Fringe, Tim Hawkins, is expected to go into liquidation early next year after a winding-up order was instigated late last month. Affected companies have been offered specialist legal advice to help keep them afloat, with Creative Scotland, the Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Festival Fringe Society all dragged into the crisis.

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Theatrical Management Association launches support service for Local Authorities

7th December 2011

The Theatrical Management Association (TMA) is launching a brokering service for local authorities with the intention of helping to sustain theatre provision by sharing good practice, including innovative ways of reducing costs and increasing income.

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Plans to re-open Whiteladies Picture House as theatre and arts centre gather pace

7th December 2011

Plans to resurrect Whiteladies Picture House in Bristol are gathering pace as the duo behind the ambitious proposals unveil a new website and talk about why they want to re-open the old building as an arts centre.

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English regions lag behind rest of UK for arts provision - report

7th December 2011

Arts in the UK face a three-tier postcode lottery, with London culture more than twice as “healthy” as any of the nations and four times more than the least well-served English region. The National Campaign for the Arts and Audiences UK have published a new analysis of data to try and measure the health of the cultural sector across the country. The UK

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Culture Cuts: How healthy is the arts sector?

7th December 2011

New Arts Index launched to provide an annual health check on the arts measuring everything from financial investment to audience numbers blogs Mark Brown for The Guardian Culture Cuts.

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Arts Index launched: annual health check for UK arts sector

6th December 2011

A new Arts Index has been launched at The House of Commons to act as an annual health check for the state of the UK arts sector.

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Swansea Grand Theatre's energy cuts pay off

6th December 2011

Energy saving initiatives at Swansea Grand Theatre have been paying dividends. Measures including switching to low-energy light bulbs and encouraging staff, crews and performers to switch off lights and computer monitors have resulted in a significant reduction in energy consumption.

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Harrogate Royal Hall takeover more difficult than anticipated

5th December 2011

Taking over the Royal Hall is proving “considerably more difficult” than Harrogate Theatre anticipated, according to the theatre’s chairman. Coun Jim Clark said the choice facing Harrogate was to either let the theatre run the Royal Hall or watch as the council “semi-mothballed” it, but that worries over unexpectedly high losses at the hall had complicated matters.

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Marina Theatre in Lowestoft handed over to charitable trust

5th December 2011

The handover of Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre to a charitable trust has been completed. The Marina Theatre Trust has taken over the running of the theatre, having won a 15-year contract. Waveney District Council still owns the building and will continue to subsidise it with £150,000 a year for four years.

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Malvern Theatre's £150,000 a year target as funding cuts continue to bite

3rd December 2011

Funding cuts mean Malvern Theatres will need to raise £150,000 a year to sustain its current offering. The venue plans to continue gathering money through a fund-raising appeal to make up for revenue lost through cuts in grants. The appeal was launched in 2009 with the aim of raising £500,000 over three years to help tide the Grange Road facility over during the economic recession, but now more funds are needed to sustain its level of programming.

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