Following its 2007 conference about theatre and New Labour (How was it for us? Theatre under Blair), the British Theatre Consortium (BTC) has organised a conference on the Coalition years, Cutting Edge: British Theatre in Hard Times, at Central Saint Martins (just behind Kings Cross station, London N1), 10am-6pm on Saturday 25 April 2015.
The conference will debate the implications of BTC’s new report on theatre repertoire (demonstrating that, for the first time in 100 years, new work has overtaken revivals in the British theatre), and look at developments over the past five years in terms of austerity, new methods of production, gender imbalance and other topics.
Speakers include Erica Whyman of the RSC, director Phyllida Lloyd, actor Sam West, literary managers Suzanne Bell and Chris Campbell, and playwrights David Greig, David Eldridge, Roy Williams and Laura Wade. Conference organisers and chairs include WGGB members David Edgar, Dan Rebellato and Julie Wilkinson.
WGGB is sponsoring a limited number of conference places at a discount rate of £15 (the full rate is £25).