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Industry groups give evidence on UK theatre

10 March 2017

The Communications Committee holds its first oral evidence sessions of its new inquiry into Skills for the theatre industry.


Using the theatre as a case study, the Committee examines how the UK can nurture and develop the talent needed to maintain the success of this country's creative industries.


Tuesday 14 March, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Christine Payne, General Secretary, Equity
  • Julian Bird, CEO, UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre

At 4.30pm

  • Stephen Lacey, Chair, Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD), and Emeritus Professor of Drama, Film and Television, University of South Wales
  • Bryan Raven, Vice-chair of National College of Creative and Cultural Industries, and Managing Director, White Light

Areas of discussion

Possible questions that the witnesses may face include:

  • What data and information is there regarding a possible future skills gap in the theatre industry? Is more research needed in this area?
  • What role does Government policy play in this sector, in relation to schools, further and higher education?
  • How does the development and maintenance of roles in the theatre support and interact with the roles in the wider creative economy?

Further information

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