November 26, 2012
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How refreshing to see Danny Boyle and the team behind this summers’s Olympic Opening Ceremony taking the Beyond Theatre prize at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
It is only the second time the gong which “celebrates theatricality outside the confines of the auditorium” has been awarded.
The event at London’s Savoy Hotel celebrated and rewarded some of the finest theatrical achievement of the year.
Winners included Simon Russell Beale who took best actor award for his leading role in the National Theatre’s Timon of Athens. While the NT’s artristic director Sir Nicholas Hytner received a brace of awards, including Best Director, for the same production.
Nick Payne became the youngest playwright ever to receive the Best Play award. The 29-year-old won the prize for Constellations at The Royal Court.
Matthew Tennyson won the Outstanding Newcomer for Making Noise Quietly at the Donmar and Best Actress went to Hattie Morahan for her performance as Nora in The Young Vic production of A Doll’s House.
November 3, 2012
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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber – a regular Clive Conway Productions performer – is among leading figures from the arts who are warning that pressures on pupils to attain the English baccalaureate could destroy Britain’s creative economy. They say the Government’s decision to exclude arts subjects from the core qualification for 16-years-olds will have a devastating impact on the country’s cultural life within a generation.
Julian Lloyd Webber
Lloyd Webber, who described the decision to sideline the arts in education as “crazy and bizarre”, lent his voice to the protest highlighted in today’s Guardian. Other vocal opponents of the move include the potter Grayson Perry, National Theatre director Sir Nicholas Hytner, architect Lord Richard Rogers, playwright Sir David Hare and Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota.
They fear that arts subjects will become marginalised unless their importance is recognised and they count towards the Ebacc. At present the qualification which was introduced in 2010 requires pupils to achieve GCSE grade C or above in English, maths, a language, two sciences plus either history or geography. Music, art, drama and design subjects do not count and the take up level in those subjects is already in decline.
Despite an insistence from the Department of Education that the Ebacc does not prevent any schools from offering GCSE’s in arts subjects, the fear is that the arts will become an elitist middle class pursuits less and less readily available to state school children.