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Call for English-language theatre     

MORE calls have been made for the setting up of a national English language theatre for Wales.

Eleanor Burnham AM, the culture spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, says not enough is being done to promote the work of writers wanting to showcase their ideas on stage in Wales.

Speaking after a meeting of the Assembly's culture committee, which is doing a review of English-medium writing, Mrs Burnham said, "A Welsh language national theatre is being established, but I would like to see an equivalent English-language theatre serving Wales.

"During the committee's review it has become clear that not enough is done to promote or aid Welsh writers through English.

"Founding a national theatre would increase production capacity and offer a distinct forum for Welsh writing."

The announcement follows a meeting yesterday between representatives from the Arts Council of Wales, Sgript Cymru, BBC Wales and the Writers Guild of Great Britain on key issues facing dramatic writing across a range of media in Wales.

Many writers and theatre companies say they are deeply frustrated at the lack of progress that has been endemic in theatre for the best part of a decade.

So 54 playwrights have supported a document called State of Play which calls on the Assembly and ACW to take immediate action to cultivate the work of playwrights in Wales.

Concerns will be discussed in a meeting of arts practitioners in Cardiff tomorrow.
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