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Rupert Goold urges the arts to fight for funding

Rupert Goold. Photo: Eliza Power Rupert Goold. Photo: Eliza Power
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Almeida Theatre artistic director Rupert Goold has urged those working in London to “keep making the case for the arts”, in the face of rising living costs that are driving creatives out.

Goold was speaking at The Stage Awards 2018 where the Almeida won the London Theatre of the Year award.

Collecting his prize, he said that we are living in “complicated political times”, and that the arts was dealing with the “effects of austerity and this government’s attitude to the arts”.

“I have worked most of my career in regional theatre and I think the fight to get more funding in regional theatre is a really, really important one,” he said.

He added: “We must not forget how expensive it is now to live in London particularly for those freelance artists, the stage managers, actors, the administrators. It’s getting harder and harder. A note to all of us who work in London theatre: keep making the case for support for the arts.”

At the ceremony, Liverpool Everyman chief executive Deborah Aydon responded to recent allegations of sexual harassment in the industry, particularly in light of The Stage’s recent report into harassment in the industry.

She commented on radio coverage of the report, which highlighted that more than 40% had been bulled and around a third had been sexually harassed.

“People listening to this would think theatre was a crap thing, rife with sexual abuse and manipulation. We need not only to say time’s up, but cut that shit out, as we have much bigger battles to fight to make sure what we do and who we do it for are valued and sustained,” she said.

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