Irish actors could benefit from more work in the EU after Brexit as those with UK passports become less desirable, according to an entertainment accountancy firm.
Streets Media, a firm of chartered accountants that specialises in media and entertainment, said it is seeing an increasing number of Irish performers requesting financial and tax advice, suggesting they recognise “the potential opportunity this situation presents”.
It follows the news that an English-speaking theatre in Germany has said it would not consider British actors for its next production unless they also hold a passport for a EU member state.
The theatre said the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the chance the UK might leave the EU next month without a deal – bringing an abrupt end to freedom of movement – meant it could not be certain requirements would be in place for contracts starting in April.
Now, Mark Carr, director of Street Media subsidiary Mark Carr and Co, said the move could open up opportunities for performers from Ireland.
“[The English Theatre of Hamburg’s approach] provides a potential pool of English speakers with EU passports, negating any red tape and circumnavigating any potential delays,” he said.
The Hamburg-based theatre said it hoped to develop links and casting networks in Ireland post-Brexit as a way of bypassing the increased bureaucracy and complexity that will surround the employment of UK actors.
Carr warned that any disruption Brexit might bring “may well put the brakes on how the [entertainment] industry currently operates”.
“A major concern is any implications that may befall actors and their ability to work in the EU… We are seeing something of a major uprooting of a system that has taken a long time to develop. After March 29, things could have changed significantly. The key is not to overreact, rather prepare,” he said.