The Week in Light & Sound
Tuesday, 20 November 2018
Sustainable Art - An environmental programme designed to help arts organisations become more sustainable has helped its participants reduce their energy consumption by almost a quarter in the past six years, saving £16.5m as a result. The group of 136 of Arts Council England’s national portfolio organisations have also decreased their carbon emissions by 35% in this time period, according to a report on the scheme by ACE and green arts charity Julie’s Bicycle.
These figures are the culmination of a partnership between Julie’s Bicycle and the Arts Council that began in 2012 with the aim of encouraging arts organisations to become more environmentally sustainable. As part of the six-year programme, the 136 participating organisations consistently reported data at regular intervals across the period. 47 of these were theatre organisations, including the Royal Court and the Lyric Hammersmith in London. However, Julie’s Bicycle said it was unable to provide broken-down figures for the theatres on the list.
Interval Advertising - Nearly two thirds of respondents to a poll by The Stage said they would object to theatres screening adverts during the interval. The online survey was held in response to news that English National Opera is seeking permission to project adverts on to its safety curtain. Of 443 respondents to the poll, which asked: “Would you object to theatres screening adverts during the interval?”, 62% said they would object and 38% said they would not. ENO is initially planning to use the curtain to show adverts for forthcoming productions, but it is not clear whether this could be widened to include external advertisers in the future.
Standard Awards - The winners of this year’s Evening Standard Theatre Awards included Sophie Okonedo and Ralph Fiennes, both for the National Theatre’s Antony and Cleopatra, while Marianne Elliott’s Company and Hamilton both took home two awards each. Best design award went to Miriam Buether for The Jungle at the Young Vic and the Playhouse Theatre.
Reduced Shakespeare - Staff at the Royal Shakespeare Company are facing a spate of redundancies as the theatre company looks to make savings following a cut to its Arts Council England funding. It has also emerged that the organisation has already undergone a restructure of its senior management team, which has resulted in two unnamed “senior colleagues” taking voluntary redundancy. RSC executive director Catherine Mallyon said there were further proposals being consulted on, which include “a small number of redundancies”.
Storm Warning - Stormzy will be the first headliner at next year's Glastonbury festival. Organiser Emily Eavis confirmed the news after Glastonbury Free Press posters put up in two Oxfam stores revealed the grime artist and rapper had been booked to perform on the Pyramid stage. "Very happy to confirm Stormzy as our first headliner for next year," she said. "He's one of the most exciting British artists to come along in years and after seeing him play here in 2017 we knew next time he had to come back and headline the Pyramid."
(Jim Evans)
20 November 2018

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