This week: Photos from the Antigone Press Night at Stratford East, First performance of Tig, Throwback Thursday, and BBC Frontrow debate on state funding and the arts.
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This week's newsletter has some great photos from the Press Night for Antigone at the Theatre Royal Stratford East, info about Young and Talented Theatre School's performance of Tig, a Throwback Thursday post to Romeo and Juliet, and a link to BBC Radio 4's Frontrow debate about state funding and the arts.

Antigone Press Night

Last night was the Press Night for Antigone, taking place at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the venue where the show will finish a successful tour that began at Derby Theatre in September 2014.

We've uploaded some of the photos from the evening on to our Facebook page, and as the image below shows, everyone looked particularly smart adorned in their red carnations - a press night tradition that began at Stratford East when Joan Littlewood was Artistic Director.

Click here to view the full album, and click here to read the What's On Stage ****review of the performance.

You can follow us on Twitter and on Facebook to get access to more behind-the-scenes photos.

will be at Theatre Royal Stratford East for three weeks from 19th February to the 14th March 2015. To purchase tickets you can visit their website at or call the box office at 020 8534 0310.

To find out more about the production and access the educational resources, weekly Storifys, trailers, and photography, visit our website by clicking here.

Opening Performance of Young and Talented Theatre School's Tig

Over the past five weeks we've been writing blogs that have focussed on Young and Talented Theatre School's Tig. This is their commissioned response piece to Antigone, led by Suzann McLean, founder of Young and Talented Theatre School and Associate Artist at Pilot Theatre.

Broadway Theatre, Barking, at 5pm on Saturday, will be the venue for their first public performance. We're very excited to see the final piece, and equally excited to be filming the performance for a webcast. It will then be performed at Stratford East Schools' Festival on Friday 6th March.

You can read blogs one, two, three, four and five to see how the piece has been developed.

Throwback Thursday

This week's highlight from our archives is 2011's Romeo and Juliet, a vibrant production of Shakespeare's play, vividly brought to life through a fast moving and contemporary adaptation. The production, directed by Marcus Romer and Katie Posner, included stunning visuals and cutting edge soundtrack.

If you remember the show or were involved in its development, you can tweet us or post any memories on our Facebook wall. We'd love to hear from you.

BBC Radio 4 Frontrow Debate: Are artists owed a living?


On Monday, BBC Radio 4 broadcast a debate from Hull Truck Theatre that sought to explore the relationship between the state and the arts. Titled "Are artists owed a living?", the debate included dancer and Director of Cultural Partnerships at King's Cultural Institute Deborah Bull, playwright Richard Bean, economist Philip Booth, commentator Ekow Eshun, sociologist Tiffany Jenkins and an audience at the Hull Truck Theatre. The debate marked the launch of the BBC's Get Creative campaign and aimed to open a national conversation exploring the relationship between the state and the arts.

Click here or on the link below to listen top the programme on BBC iPlayer.


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