Edinburgh festival performers refuse sterling payments due to Brexit

Artists ask to be paid in euros and dollars as pound continues to fall amid no-deal risk Increasing numbers of artists are asking to be paid in dollars and euros instead of sterling because of Brexit uncertainty, the director of the Edinburgh international festival has said. The three-week arts festival opened on Friday and includes 293 performances by 2,600 artists from 40 countries. Speaking during its opening weekend, Fergus Linehan, who has been its director since 2015, said many performers …

Barber Shop Chronicles review hair-raising ebullience

Inua Ellams play barely stops to breathe as it shuttles between London and Africa, so full is it of authentic male dialogue and connections Even the clock moves at double time. A show set in a series of barbers shops sounds like a potentially sedentary affair but Inua Ellams beautifully observed work is a pulsing and poetic delight; a sweeping snapshot of life as an African man as a dizzying host of customers take a seat, relax and let us …

Nepotism in the movies: it’s time to call out the acting school of mum and dad

If youve got famous parents, your chances in the film industry appear to improve exponentially. If were serious about equality, this has to change Interviewed by Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of the actor Maya Hawke denied that a personal connection led to her being cast in Quentin Tarantinos latest film. Hawke is the daughter of Uma Thurman, who has appeared in three Tarantino films, and she argued that she had gone through the same casting process as other …

‘Artists don’t value it’: pop accused of taking advantage of dancers

Vague promises of exposure used as cover for poor pay and insecure working conditions, Guardian told Last year, one of pops rising stars was heading to London for a show and needed local dancers to accompany her. The singers management only wanted the best, a handpicked group who could live up to the high standards expected from the US entertainment industry. It was an amazing opportunity, with one large catch: the gig didnt pay. Some dancers, however, jumped at the …

Writers claim being excluded after creating Idris Elba’s play

Tree is billed as a collaboration between Elba and director Kwame Kwei-Armah Two writers claim they were removed from Tree. A gender and power in theatre, Sarah Henley and Tori Allen-Martin claim they conceived the show, which is billed as a creative collaboration between Burn Bright, with the aim of driving positive change for female writers. Kwei-Armah, who succeeded David Lan at the Young Vic after seven years running Center Stage in Baltimore, Original Article : HERE ; This post …

Game of Thrones’ Indira Varma: ‘All I was being offered was women undressing’

She was ruthless Ellaria in the TV epic. As she appears in a Nol Coward comedy, the actor talks about her dreams of returning to mime and why sticking with her name may have hurt her career People always talk about that scream, says Indira Varma over salad and strawberries at the Old Vic theatre. The actor is recalling the howl she lets out in season four of Game of Thrones, after her lover Oberyn has his eyes gouged out …