It’s looking at theatres with fewer than 300 seats, which includes most of the theatres outside the West End, and with annual turnovers of under £250k. These small venues are places where innovative productions can be tested, audiences can see a play without handing over £50 and new playwrights can find their voice. But they’re under pressure from funding cuts, uncertain building tenancies and even structural problems with the buildings.
Assembly Member Tom Copley has launched a campaign to hear about the experiences of London theatres – and they also want to hear from audiences, whether you visit small theatres or not. Fill in this short questionnaire to let them know your thoughts and ideas.
Ah the misnomer of “small’ in the theatre industry. Independent is probably a better concept to apply. Large scale theatre tends to be commercial, funded, subsidised and in the majority of cases contracted. Small scale in my mind is about the professionals and the performance of theatre not necessarily the size of the space it is housed within. This sentiment seems to resonate with the research I am currently persuing. This video is a welcomed attitude by many working in the independent sector. – Caron Lyon