This may be a little bit of a London-centric post for some people, but today I;ve been to watch the London Bubble's Christmas production of The Tinderbox. The London Bubble is a production theatre company that does work with local schools in London, as well as doing a summer production in the London Parks. The outdoor theatre in the parks is great fun, and the first time I went was in 1999. The play was put on around Oxleas Wood (the oldest wood in London) in the evening and it was quite a magical experience really having to walk through the woods to each different scene.
The reason I'm mentioning it though is because I also learned today that the Arts Council has written to the production company and told them that they are going to make a 100% cut in their funding. This is a production company that has been bringing theatre to children and adults for 35 years across London. For philistines like me who don't really do theatre they make it fun as well as working within communities to encourage kids to get involved with music and drama.
Frankly the Arts Council is crazy to cut its funding. People often say that us Londoners are in a bubble, but this is one of the bubbles that doesn't really deserve to be burst because of what it brings to London parks, London schools, and the community as a whole.