Act for Change

The Act for Change’s first Newsletter

The arts are for everyone, regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, age or disability, and they should reflect the societies we live in.  THE ACT FOR CHANGE PROJECT campaigns for better representation across the live and recorded arts. The broader and more diverse their membership, the more empowered they are as a group of campaigners will be.

THE ACT FOR CHANGE PROJECT has a simple mission: to strengthen diversity in the live and recorded arts, and to communicate to the unrepresented audiences that a future exists with them firmly featured in it. To that end we’re campaigning to ensure that the live and recorded arts – honestly and without prejudice – represent the Britain we live in today. They have launched their first newsletter, which we encourage you to view … READ MORE

Idris Elba

Some lovely tributes from Idris Elba to some fine Casting Directors…

Idris Elba has posted the full text of his powerful address to the UK’s Parliament yesterday about the need for greater diversity and representation on our screens. Ironically, Elba’s address comes slap bang in the middle of a wider debate on the lack of representation at this year’s Academy Awards – Elba’s stirring performance in Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation being among the notable absentees- but the truth is the speech was set months ago with Elba writing much of the text weeks ago. Nevertheless, Elba’s speech stands as an important and vital contribution.

Originally published in read the full article here or download the article here

Star Wars Nina Gold

Star Wars: The Force Awakens casting director Nina Gold on bringing in a new generation of acting stars

Who are you?” “I’m no one.” These six tantalising words will be lodged in the brain of every Star Wars fan who has watched a trailer for The Force Awakens. But what I’m wondering, as I approach the north London house that doubled as casting HQ for the film, is whether the same question will be asked of Nina Gold’s discoveries come next year’s awards season.READ MORE

Michael Grandage: ‘Stars like Nicole Kidman bring new audiences to theatre’

Director Michael Grandage has defended star casting in theatre, claiming it is “enormously” helpful in attracting new audiences.

Grandage is directing Nicole Kidman in Photograph 51 at the Noel Coward Theatre, and said that casting Hollywood actors was an opportunity to develop new audiences for theatre, which he described as “absolutely crucial” to the future of the industry.READ MORE


Southbank Centre gains £5m Lottery cash for facelift

London’s Southbank Centre has been awarded almost £5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a major overhaul of several of its cultural spaces.

The organisation has also launched a funding appeal to raise the remaining £3.9 million for the repairs and maintenance programme, which is expected to cost £25 million in total.READ MORE