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In BATTALIONS Delphi Study Press Release (May 2013)

In BATTALIONS Delphi Study Press Release (May 2013)

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Press release to accompany the In battalions Delphi study launch.
Press release to accompany the In battalions Delphi study launch.

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Published by: Fin Kennedy on May 23, 2013
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In Battalions
authors launch British theatre
s first ever Delphi study
A study has been launched to try to find innovative ways in which British theatres can protect risk-taking on developing new work for the stage, despite Government cuts.The study is being undertaken by playwright Fin Kennedy and Oxford University doctoralresearch student Helen Campbell Pickford. The pair recently co-authored
In Battalions
, a report into how Government cuts were affecting new British playwriting. It showed that Government cuts were creating a climate of fear and instability in the theatre sector, with venues having tocancel productions, produce fewer new plays, commission fewer writers, and cancel a wholehost of creative research and development - with disastrous consequences for the next generation of talent.When Culture Minister Ed Vaizey failed to respond to the report, over 60 of theatre
s highest profile names
including Dame Helen Mirren and Sir Tom Stoppard
wrote to the Ministerurging him to take the report seriously. Mr Vaizey did then respond, but dismissed the report 
sfindings, saying
It is easy to highlight fears and concerns
.Fin Kennedy said:
It looks like Ed Vaizey isn
t going to help us solve this problem, so the theatre industry is goingto have to do this on its own.Where
In Battalions
revealed a problem, this study is about finding solutions, together.A Delphi study is a research process recognised by the civil service, which helps collate expert opinion on a specialist subject. We
re going to be soliciting ideas from professional theatre-makers across the UK for how we can work together, with the Arts Council, to protect risk-taking on new talent, despite the cuts.We
re looking for practical, imaginative and inexpensive ideas. The results of the Government 
sComprehensive Spending Review are being announced next month, and all the signs are that arts and culture are going to be badly hit yet again.We need to come up with ways to protect our ability to innovate, and nurture the next generation of talent. If we don
t, then it could seriously affect our output in years to come
andas my report showed, theatre is the training base for so many other sectors, so this will end upaffecting film, TV and radio too. We have to act before it is too late.
 All theatre industry professionals with experience in developing new writing are invited to takepart.Further details can be found on Kennedy
Notes for Editors
 A Delphi study collates a range of proposals in response to a study question. It then uses avoting system to draw up a shortlist of recommendations which can be sent to funders andpolicy-makers. It was last used by IPSOS Mori for an Arts Council study on Libraries in 2012.The
In Battalions
Delphi study research question is:

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