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Fears Hull Truck staff may face redundancy after funding cuts

27th December 2010

Staff at Hull Truck Theatre have been told their positions are being reviewed, following funding cutbacks. Chief executive Andrew Smaje has confirmed the review will take place next month as part of plans to save £160,000 a year. Hull Truck has seen cuts of £100,000 to its annual funding from Hull City Council.

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Blog: Looking up at Bristol Old Vic

23rd December 2010

Gazing at the theatre’s extraordinary 18th-century decor, I feel a refurbished Old Vic could better serve this city’s creative life blogs Charlotte Higgins.

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Blog: Social Media Spotlight - SF Playhouse Pluggers (U.S.)

23rd December 2010

Earlier this year, the SF Playhouse invited Bay Area Twitter users to apply for the SF Playhouse Pluggers, a group of individuals invited to plug in and Tweet during the performance in special ‘tweet seats’ where their thoughts will be instantly be shared with the Bay Area and the world. Technology in the Arts blogger David Dombrosky had the opportunity to talk with the Director of Marketing for SF Playhouse about this controversial and highly debated social media program.

Source: Technology in The Arts: Social Media Spotlight


Northern Ireland arts could be hit with £4.2 million Arts Council cuts in draft budget

22nd December 2010

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is bracing itself for cuts amounting to £4.2 million over the next four years in a newly announced draft budget by the region’s legislative Executive.

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Campaigners’ final plea to save Barry Theatre Royal

22nd December 2010

A battle to stop an historic cinema being replaced by a care flats complex is entering its final stages. Tension is mounting in the fight to stop the demolition of the 100-year-old Theatre Royal cinema in Barry. The drama is likely to come to a climax early next year when plans to demolish the cinema and build a 40-flat “extra care” complex on the site go before Vale of Glamorgan councillors.

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Tony Graham to step down from the London Unicorn

21st December 2010

Tony Graham, artistic director and chief executive of London’s Unicorn Theatre, has announced that he is stepping down.

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SMG Europe to run York Barbican and Scunthorpe Baths Hall

20th December 2010

Arena operator SMG Europe is to run the newly refurbished York Barbican and has been awarded the contract to manage the new Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

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Fiona Allan appointed chief executive of Curve

20th December 2010

Wales Millennium Centre artistic director Fiona Allan has been appointed chief executive of Leicester Theatre Trust, which manages the city’s Curve venue and will join the team at Curve in spring 2011.

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Northern Bank 'sets scene' for Lyric Belfast

20th December 2010

The Belfast Lyric Theatre has announced a major funding boost as details of a five-year partnership with Northern Bank were revealed at an exclusive behind-the-scenes visit to the new theatre. Building work is nearing completion and the Lyric will reopen its doors on Sunday 1 May 2011 with a gala performance on the newly named Northern Bank Stage.

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Gomp/Arts Blog: Easy to take theatre for granted

17th December 2010

BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz blogs: What would you pay to be one of only 300 or so people at a gig of your favourite musical superstar? Something like Prince performing at a ticket-only function in your local or Beyonce knocking out a live set for a select few? Millionaires pay millions for this level of intimacy with a rock-god; most, if they liked the act, would pay more than £29.

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