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Culture Minister discusses theatre industry skills

27 March 2017

Culture Minister, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, gives evidence to the Communications Committee's Skills for the theatre industry inquiry. Following this evidence session, the Committee hears from Indhu Rubasingham MBE of the Tricycle Theatre, and Sue Emmas from the Young Vic.

Witnesses

Tuesday 28 March, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Indhu Rubasingham MBE, Artistic Director, the Tricycle Theatre
  • Sue Emmas, Associate Artistic Director, the Young Vic

At 4.30pm

  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture,  Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Possible lines of questioning

The theatre witnesses may face questions on areas including:

  • School subjects that lead to careers in the creative industries;
  • Extracurricular experiences in and outside of school;
  • The problem of low-pay and no-pay work for those starting in the theatre industry; and
  • How individuals of different backgrounds and locations can be encouraged, and supported to work and thrive in the theatre industry.

Possible questions that the Minister might face include:

  • The steps that the Government could take to change people's perceptions of the arts as a professional career choice;
  • The impact of increases in the cost of living and tuition fees upon students and those employed in the theatre industry;
  • Equality of access to theatre through schools;
  • Apprenticeship schemes for the theatre industry; and
  • Government policies to mitigate the loss of local authority funding for essential arts organisations across the country.

Further information

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