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Theatre, dance and performance news 2000

Welsh performance News 2000

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New Year Mission To Restore Faith
18 December 2000
Sybil Crouch sets her agenda for restoring confidence in the Arts Council of Wales
Arts Council Under Fire Over Change
14 December 2000
The Arts Council came under fire yesterday for the manner in which it is re-organising itself following years of heavy criticism from arts professionals.
Questions to the Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language
07 December 2000
Implementing the Recommendations of the Wallace Report
The ACW responds to 'A Culture in Common'
02 December 2000
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) welcomes "A Culture in Common" (the Report) and its wholehearted support for the arts and culture as central to a healthy, confident and vibrant Wales.
Letter from Dic Edwards re Bogdanov contra Edwards
02 December 2000
28 November 2000
Dic Edwards responds to Michael Bogdanov's letter to the Western Mail
27 November 2000
22 November 2000
Michael Bogdanov writes to the new Culture Secretary
Make up of the new cuture committe at the National Assembly is announced
11 November 2000
The Committee's remit is based on the portfolio of the Minister for Culture, Sport and the Welsh Language,
100 Steps Towards "A Culture In Common"
02 November 2000
The Post 16 Education and Training Committee has today made over 100 recommendations for the future of arts and culture in Wales. The recommendations are made in its report "A Culture in Common" which is the result of an extensive, 6 month open consultation on arts and culture policy in Wales.
Arts Council of Wales response to the Assembly report on cultural policy in Wales
02 November 2000
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) greatly welcomes the publishing of this report. ACW has consistently expressed its enthusiasm for what is the first ever wide-ranging review into arts and cultural policy in Wales,
Randerson backs radical change for ACW
26 October 2000
Welsh culture minister Jenny Randerson has insisted that she will push for "radical and far-reaching change" within the Arts Council of Wales, including the transfer for policy to the National Assembly.
Arts chief's resignation accepted
25 October 2000
The Arts Council of Wales has announced that it has accepted the resignation of its chief executive Joanna Weston.
The arts call on the National Assembly to control the costs of bureaucracy.
15 October 2000
Representatives of arts organisations in Wales have today called on the National Assembly to investigate the costs of arts bureaucracy following the disclosure that the general administration costs of the Arts Council of Wales has increased by a massive 133,000 in the last year. Lottery administration has increased by an even larger 166,000.
Theatre for Young People Working Group meeting 26 September
13 October 2000
Damning Report Is Further Blow To Troubled Quango
07 October 2000
THE Arts Council of Wales has been dealt another blow only weeks after being heavily criticised in a damning report and losing its chief executive
Gwent Theatre reposnd to the PricewaterhouseCoopers report
06 October 2000
This highly critical report demonstrates that the Arts Council of Wales acted unfairly, unethically and incompetently in procedures and processes relating to the tendering for and awarding of franchises for Theatre for Young People provision in Wales
Chronology outlining the Theatre for Young People franchise
06 October 2000
This document was produced by the Arts Council of Wales as part of their response to the PriceWaterhouse Cooper report
ACW statement on the Pricewaterhouse Coopers report
06 October 2000
Rhodri Morgan's statement on the Wales Millenium Centre
03 October 2000
Official statement on the resignation of Jo Weston
22 September 2000
Joint Announcement - Joanna Weston / Arts Council of Wales
21 September 2000
Board's no-confidence vote in ACW chief executive Weston
Power to the People!
17 September 2000
Last week two seemingly disparate events occured which should be sending shockwaves through the hallowed halls of those who are in positions of power. A small group of hauliers, farmers and taxi-drivers nearly brought Britain to a standstill and shook Tony Blair's government to its very foundations, and Welsh Arts Council chief executive Jo Weston resigned.
Tom Middlehurst Publishes Arts Council Review
01 September 2000
An independent review of the management of the Arts Council of Wales was published today
Designing A Strategy To Fund The Arts
22 August 2000
Jo Weston, Chief Executive of the ACW writes in The Western Mail
Tanzanian elections 2000 - Women's participation in a new democracy
22 August 2000
Small World Theatre (SWT) have just returned from Tanzania where the artistic directors, Ann Shrosbree and Bill Hamblett have been working with Tanzanian theatre groups using drama as research to explore the reasons that may prevent women from participating in the forthcoming election
07 August 2000
Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales' cultural affairs spokesperson, Elin Jones AM, has called on the Assembly to invest more into the arts in Wales.
Audienceís Attention May Wander
07 August 2000
ARTISTIC director Firenza Guidi may base her work on some of theatreís much-loved classics but her performances are far from traditional.
Historyís Witness Inspires Play
01 August 2000
IAN ROWLANDS will premiere his first Welsh-language play next week at the theatre where his English debut was staged nine years ago.
Danger Of ĎRelegationí In The Arts League
01 August 2000
LEADERS of arts organisations in Wales believe the country is in danger of being relegated to the second-division of arts and culture, due to a lack of investment by the Government.
ACE chairman badgers the government!
26 July 2000
Arts Council chairman Gerry Robinson has been badgering the Government for 100 million for the arts. Now he's got it, explains Norman Lebrecht
MORE than £100m extra will be ploughed into the arts to boost regional theatre
26 July 2000
MORE than £100m extra will be ploughed into the arts to boost regional theatre and get children involved in new creative partnerships, it was announced yesterday.
Patrick Jones' third play "Not So Angst-ridden"
24 July 2000
PATRICK JONES is well known for his angst-ridden plays and poems, which look at the bleaker aspects of life.
Patrick Jones' third play "Not So Angst-ridden"
24 July 2000
PATRICK JONES is well known for his angst-ridden plays and poems, which look at the bleaker aspects of life. The writer is now working on his third play and, although it might be on another serious issue - asylum-seekers - it is, unlike his other works, he says, also full of hope
Arts Council Discredited, Tory Seeks Shake-up
22 July 2000
WELSH Conservative culture spokesman Jonathan Morgan is calling for a shake up of the Arts Council of Wales following its involvement in a High Court libel action. And he said that the arts quango’s chief executive, Joanna Weston, now needed to consider her position.
Guto The Runner Provides Material For School Play
05 July 2000
SPECTACLE Theatre Company is staging a play for primary school and secondary school children based on the legend of Guto Nyth Bran.
Submission to the Post-16 Education and Training Committee from The Centre for Performance Research (CPR)
30 June 2000
Creu Cymru Plan would neuter the Arts Council of Wales
29 June 2000
A MASSIVE restructuring of how the arts world is managed moved a big step nearer implementation yesterday. The Post-16 Education Committee has already agreed that the Arts Council should be restructured and that policy in future should be decided by the Assembly itself.
Questions put to the Arts Council of Wales
29 June 2000
Post-16 Education and Training Committee ETR 13-00(min)
Mapping the Future
29 June 2000
The full text of the article by Jo Weston that appeared in truncated form in the Western Mail 29 June 200
Policy Review : Arts and Culture in Wales Suggested Content of Committee Report
28 June 2000
To update the Committee on progress on the review, the themes that have emerged and to seek suggestions on the content and structure of the report.
Minutes of the Post 16 Education commitee meeting 28 June 2000
28 June 2000
Post-16 Education and Training Committee ETR 15-00(min)
Making Arts Accessible To Everyone
22 June 2000
HIJINX Theatre company has built an excellent reputation as one of Wales’s most original stage companies. It is also unique in the work it does with people with learning disabilities through the Odyssey project and as part of this week’s Disability Week it is performing two separate productions.
Arts Council Vows To Be More Accountable And Transparent
16 June 2000
THE Arts Council for Wales has pledged to become more accountable and transparent to ensure that the future of Welsh cultural life is secure.
£3.7M Scheme Back On Track As Arts Council Reconsiders
15 June 2000
A £3.7M scheme to build a multicultural arts centre in Cardiff is back on track after the Arts Council of Wales changed its mind and decided to award it funding.
Arts Council of Wales awards grant towards the development of a new Multicultural Arts Centre in Cardiff Bay
12 June 2000
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has re-considered and approved a major Capital grant to Cardiff and District Multicultural Arts Development (CADMAD) towards the development of a new Multicultural Arts Centre in Dumballs Road in Cardiff Bay.
Another Fine Mess (part 3)
02 June 2000
The British Theatre web site reports on the Drama Strategy fiasco...
Legal threat over new writing contract
01 June 2000
Winner of the new writing contract in Wales, Sgript Cymru, will begin operating despite the threat of legal action against the Arts Council of Wales by the losing rival contender
Clwyd Manager Quits amid crisis
01 June 2000
Clwyd Theatr Cymru general manager Sarah Holmes has resigned amid a crisis over the venue's funding problems, sparking rumours that artistic director Terry hands will follow soon.
Hijinx Theatre
28 May 2000
Submission to the Post 16 Education & Training Committee Arts Review
Cardiff and District Multicultural Arts (CADMAD)
23 May 2000
paper to the Post 16 Education Committee
Arts rift 'will take a long time to heal'
22 May 2000
The Gwent Theatre fiasco has left a legacy of suspicion of the Arts Council of Wales AM's heard yesterday.
Art Council of England calls for increased funding for theatre
19 May 2000
The Arts Council of England, in a report entitled 'The Next Stage' called today for a massive increase in the funding for professional theatre in England.
The Curtains rise on new play scripts
18 May 2000
Uncertainty ends as Arts Council gives go-ahead to bilingual comapny
Theatre Jobs may go to cut deficit
13 May 2000
About a dozen jobs could be lost at cash-strapped Clwyd Theatr Cymru as it attempts to claw back thousands of pounds.
Clwyd anger at jobs cut plan
11 May 2000
Clwyd Theatr Cymru director Terry Hands has come under criticism from his staff after proposals were tabled to axe around 12 posts in production departments rather than associate positions.
Welsh Joint Education Committee
10 May 2000
paper to the Post 16 Education Committee
Dalier Sylw
10 May 2000
Response to the Post 16 Education and Training Committee
Could Ron Be Culture Secretary?
05 May 2000
RON Davies, architect then pariah of Welsh politics, could find a route to the National Assembly's Cabinet. The Post-16 Education Committee is likely to recommend that the Assembly appoint a Secretary for Culture to the Cabinet, and leaders of that committee believe the position is ready-made for Mr Davies.
The show must go Ron Davies
29 April 2000
It hasn't been the easiest of times for the former Welsh secretary Ron Davies. There was that incident on Clapham Common - his notorious "moment of madness" - which ended in disgrace, resignation and divorce.
Details of the Made in Wales appeal to the Arts Council of Wales
28 April 2000
This letter, a copy of which was sent to Jo Weston of ACW, was sent to the Theatre in Wales web site by Jeff Teare, Artistioc Director of Made in Wales
Appointment made for the Arts Council review
25 April 2000
The Western Mail reports today that Tom Middlehurst, the National Assembly's Secretary for the Arts, has announced the appointment of Richard Wallace to conduct the independent review of the Arts Council of Wales.
letter from Phil Clark to Olwyn Wymark
20 April 2000
Jeff Teare (Made in Wales)
11 April 2000
Outlines the options open to the company..
Arts Council Decisions Lead To Calls For Closure - Liberal Democrat Conference report
10 April 2000
THE ARTS Council is rapidly losing its political friends and is moving closer to abolition.
From Jeff Teare, Made in Wales
31 March 2000
Just had a very interesting letter from Jenny Randerson, the Lib Dem AM for Cardiff Central
Post-16 Education and Training Committee
30 March 2000
Minutes of the meeting at Llandudno, 30 March 2000
A selection of qustions to, and answers from, Tom Middlehurst; from the Assembly's web site
29 March 2000
Talking turkey
28 March 2000
Response by Janek Alexander to a letter from Roger Tomlinson in Arts Business #47
22 March 2000
22 March 2000
Welsh College of Music and Drama Paper
22 March 2000
Arts & Culture Policy Review - Post-16 Education and Training Committee
Grant Panel Member Tells Of Flaw
21 March 2000
THE controversial decision by the Arts Council of Wales not to award stage company Made in Wales a grant to continue its theatre work was flawed and unfair, says a member of the evaluation panel.
Arts Council ‘Cutting The Throat Of New Welsh Writing’
18 March 2000
THE mourners carried the coffin with reverence and dignity before laying it to rest on the ground. But the coffin contained no body, and the “graveyard” was a street in front of the Arts Council of Wales in Cardiff.
Caught in The Net
17 March 2000
an extract from the Artsbusiness editorial comment on 13 March 2000
17 March 2000
Elin Jones AM, Plaid Cymru - The Party of Wales' spokesperson on cultural issues today called on the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) to suspend its strategy for new theatre writing.
Arts Arrogance
16 March 2000
Letter to the Western Mail from Roger Williams , on behalf of the Writers Guild of Great Britain (Cymru/Wales)
Made In Wales is appealing against the Arts Council's cut (90k) to new writing.
15 March 2000
Made In Wales is appealing against the Arts Council's cut (90k) to new writing. We asked ACW for their written records of the advisory meeting (and, by the way, who did have a vote? For that matter, who chose the advisors given at least one of their stated personal agendas??) but Jo Weston's respone was 'I would note that ACW does not make minutes of panels and committees or Agenda B of Council available' - Oh, right, fair enough Jo, so this is the new transparent, accountable ACW... The matter is now in the hand of our solicitors. Meanwhile a coffin will be delivered to ACW by Welsh writers and performers... And now the good news - Three more Made In Wales plays are to be published (supported by an Arts Council grant - but not from the drama department) and Made In Wales is working in New York in April - There's a big world out there not controled by Arts Council bureaucrats solely concerned with their own positions and pensions folks! Cheers -
Concern over the Arts Council of Wales escalates
15 March 2000
The Arts Council of Wales could be heading for its demise as part of a major shake up in the way the arts are funded
Lifting Drama Out Of The Ordinary
13 March 2000
VOLCANO Theatre company has always had an impeccable sense of timing. As the National Assembly continues to tear itself apart and the Arts Council of Wales subjects itself to much navel gazing along comes a new production taking on board both those themes.
Storm over drama strategy leads to ACW review
13 March 2000
A wide-ranging independent review of the management and decision-making processes at the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has been ordered by the National Assembly in the wake of a series of highly controversial funding moves by the Welsh funding body.
New writing Battle takes centre stage
09 March 2000
A campaign to save one of Wales's most important theatre companies was launched yesterday.
Dont allow Made in Wales to Die
09 March 2000
IF YOU are one of the hundreds of thousands who enjoy HTV’s Nuts and Bolts, you’ll know how important good writing is to good drama
Sustainable high quality drama for all
09 March 2000
NEW writing has always been crucial to the theatre in Wales. Most theatre companies supported by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) create new work. Michael Baker (ACW) comments in the Western Mail
Undeb Yr Ysgrifenwyr [Writers Guild]
08 March 2000
Cyflwyniad Ysgrifenedig i'r Pwyllgor Addysg a Hyfforddiant ar ol 16 oed
Diversions Dance Company's
03 March 2000
submission to the National Assembly's Post 16 Education Committee
Moments of Madness
02 March 2000
A New Production from Volcano Theatre Company Premiers at Chapter Arts 14 to 18th of March
Letter from the Chair of Made in Wales to the Western Mail
29 February 2000
How can the Arts Council of Wales announce their new writing theatre initiative as good news?
Acw To Be Subject Of Review
24 February 2000
AN INDEPENDENT review of the Arts Council of Wales will examine the role of management and its decision-making processes, the National Assembly has confirmed.
Arts Council Faces Action Over U-turn
23 February 2000
FIVE theatres are considering legal action against the Arts Council of Wales after the arts quango suspended its decision to award them franchises for Young People’s Theatre (YPT).
Top Dramatists Slate Arts Council Cash Cut
22 February 2000
BRITAIN’s top playwrights have written to the National Assembly in protest at the decision by Arts Council of Wales to cut funding for new theatre writing in Wales.
Funding Cuts Force Bilingual Move
22 February 2000
THE Arts Council of Wales yesterday unveiled its vision for new writing for Welsh theatre. Dalier Sylw will become the bilingual powerhouse of new writing, forcing the closure of Made in Wales. The Sherman Theatre Company will be unaffected by the decision.
Letter from the ITC to Tom Middlehurst Letter from the ITC to Tom Middlehurst
21 February 2000
The INdependent Theatre Council writes to the Assembly Secretary for Education and Training
ACW announces the new writring franchise
17 February 2000
Dalier Sylw is to set up a new bi-lingual theatre writing centre for Wales committed to developing new plays in English and Welsh. This is announced by the Arts Council of Wales (ACW) today (Thursday, February 17).
Arts Council eats into the project grants to pay for the revsions to its drama 'strategy'
17 February 2000
Anna Holmes has written to all the regular project companies ( she tells me in the bar of the Sherman) to explain that the project sector has been cut to £50K for 2000-2001 as a result of the " redirection " of funding
Arts Leaders Urged To Quit
11 February 2000
A LOCAL authority is calling for the resignation of the leaders of the Arts Council of Wales over the body’s drama strategy for Gwent.
Made In Wales Faces Final Curtain
09 February 2000
TWO new plays from Made in Wales justify the use of the cliche that art imitates life.
letter from the ITC to Sybil Crouch, Chair of ACW
08 February 2000
The Independent Theatre Council writes to the Chaoir of the Arts Council of Wales
Arts Groups Accuse Council Of Backroom Fixes
03 February 2000
The quango is being attacked by the organisations in written submissions to the National Assembly’s post-16 training and education committee which is reviewing arts policy.
Jeff Teare, Made in Wales, calls again for the suspension of the new writing stategy
02 February 2000
Ceri Sherlaock appointed as arts advisor to the National Assembly
29 January 2000
CERI SHERLOCK is passionate about the arts and cultural scene in Wales. And as a highly-respected film-maker and academic he certainly has a wealth of experience in the field.
27 January 2000
In the light of ACW's U turn over its policy for Theatre for Young People, it is ironic that the only provision now to be cut as part of the Drama Strategy is that for New Writing - the provision prioritised for development by the ACW in its Drama Strategy.
"Coc-yp costus" drama
27 January 2000
MAE CYFARWYDDWR theatr mewn addysg Cymru wedi galw am ddiswyddo swyddogion Cyngor y Celfyddydau sy'n gyfrifol am greu Strategaeth Ddrama sydd wedi arwain at lanast ac anghydfod.
26 January 2000
Theatr Powys press release
WGGB calls for suspension of Drama Strategy
26 January 2000
At the last meeting of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain (Cymru/Wales) a resolution was unanimously passed by our members to campaign for the complete suspension of the Arts Council of Wales's disastrous drama strategy.
Open letter to Jo Weston, Chief executive of the Arts Council of Wales fromTracy Spottiswoode
26 January 2000
An Open Letter From Tim Baker To Dic Edwards
25 January 2000
Dic Edwards' open letter to the ACW (22nd Jan 2000) crystallises the feelings of many people, myself included, who have suffered wasted hours of energy, time and commitment during the whole TIE/YPT fiasco
New writing franchise - a comment by Jeff Teare of Made in Wales
25 January 2000
Trasedi, Comedi neu Ffars?
25 January 2000
Dyw Cadeirydd Cymgor Celfyddydau Cymru ddim yn cytuno ‚'r Strategaeth Ddrama y mae'n trio ei chyflwyno i gwmnÔau Cymru. A'i dyma'r ffars orau a wÍl y gynulleidfa Gymreig eleni?
Open letter to ACW from Playwright Dic Edwards
23 January 2000
Theatre angered by Arts Council 'U-turn'
21 January 2000
A theatre company in south Wales has written to the Arts Council expressing dismay over moves to reverse a funding policy.
Spectacle Theatre 'dismayed'
21 January 2000
Spectacle Theatre in the Rhondda Valley is in line to receive a theatre in education contract under revised plans by the Arts Council.
U-turn On Theatre For Schools
20 January 2000
THE controversial Arts Council of Wales programme for supplying theatre to children and young people was suddenly suspended yesterday.
A new book
20 January 2000
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Spectacle Theatre's response to the suspension of the Drama Strategy for wales
20 January 2000
Yesterday the Arts Council of Wales issued a statement that it was suspending its decision to implement the strategy for delivery of Young Peoples Theatre in Wales.
Submission to National Assembly Post-16 Education and Training Committee
19 January 2000
By the Welsh Arts Council
Statement - Arts Council of Wales and the National Assembly for Wales
19 January 2000
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) aims to achieve high standards of administrative operation in carrying out its national responsibility for developing the arts in Wales.
ACW statement re: theatre for young people in Wales
19 January 2000
Last year, ACW published its drama strategy which proposed concentrating funding on five theatre for young people companies instead of the current eight.
Datganiad - Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru a Chynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
19 January 2000
Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru - Datganiad yngly^n ‚ Theatr i Bobl Ifanc yng Nghymru
19 January 2000
Musical Notes
18 January 2000
A letter from Don Touhig to the Western Mail.
Theatre, Education and Our Young People - Development or Decline
17 January 2000
A Public Meeting on Monday 17th January 7.30 pm The Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells
Theatres Campaign Over Loss Of School Drama Franchises
15 January 2000
TWO theatres are stepping up their battles against the Arts Council of Wales for refusing to award them franchises to provide theatre for young people.
MP Attacks Arts Council’s Appeal System
13 January 2000
THE ARTS Council for Wales faces fresh criticism - this time over its appeal procedure.
Agor Drysiau / Opening Doors 2000
12 January 2000
During March 22-25, 2000 Arad Goch Theatre Company, based in Aberystwyth, Wales, will celebrate the Millennium by staging OPENING DOORS - Wales International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences 2000.
Arts Council faces Commons probe
12 January 2000
Parliament's top watchdog is being asked to investigate the way the Arts Council for Wales is run following a long-running row over school theatre contracts.
Drama yn y Cyngor
05 January 2000
Sut mae cael golwg wrthrychol a theg ar yr ymrafael parhaol yngl™n ‚'r polisi drama? Gofynnodd theatr i Jon Gower fentro draw i Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru ar ein rhan.
Problemau pur ysol
05 January 2000
Awdur arall sydd yn gwrthwynebu cynlluniau Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru yw Wiliam Owen Roberts. Ei ddrama yntau, Radio Cymru, fydd y ddrama olaf - os caiff cynlluniau'r CCC eu gwireddu - yr ‚'r cwmni Dalier Sylw ‚ hi ar daith.
Cyfri mawrion fesul deg
05 January 2000
Deg dramodydd gorau'r mileniwm. Dafydd Llywelyn gafodd y fraint o gyfri'r jeremeiaid.
05 January 2000
Meg Elis yn cael cip ar newyddion y dydd.

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