Archive | October, 2010

A Christmas kind of city

31 Oct

Tallinn Tales

The view from my window today

31 Oct

The old Town view of Tallinn from the window this morning

Pretty cold, and a night with an extra hour The young people who made the show are leaving this morning and we have a management meeting at the National Library

We are putting the plans in place for a final coproduction between 12 theatres from 12 EU countries as part of our Platform 11 project

More coffee will be needed

Til later


In Tallinn the show is made for Platform EU project @pilot_theatre

30 Oct



Reasons to be cheerful – part 39

29 Oct

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1 Arriving in Copenhagen and seeing their hot dog menu
2 Making my flight connection to Tallinn
3 Not losing my iPhone 

4 Seeing the company yesterday in The Brunton Theatre perform 2 great shows
5 Getting the TEDx York licence finalised
6 Having a great idea for a new theatre project
7 Chatting on Twitter with supportive people about work plans
8 Running the length of Copenhagen Airport – to recheck in
9 Sitting in departures now and being able to write this
10 Looking forward to seeing the devised performance in Tallinn tonight with our Pilot Theatre team
11 Catching up with old and new friends in Estonia as part of our Platform 11 project
12 Only ever having hand luggage (this should have been number 1 really)
13 Arrived in Tallinn now (latest news)

That is all


Thought you might like to see a shot from our show #kissbythebook

26 Oct


Click to go large – its better that way 🙂

Rachel Spicer onstage as Juliet in R&J #artsfunding #it’swhatwedo

25 Oct

A little reminder that here at Pilot Theatre with our #artsfunding – we are able to make beautiful shows, that look like this, that are currently touring the country to packed mid-scale theatre houses for 22 weeks until next April…
Just saying..

again click to enlarge the image taken by Karl Andre

Marcus Romer – Artistic Director – Pilot Theatre

1,103,314 tweet impressions on twitter last week about #artsfunding

25 Oct


The activity during the Spending Review announcement last week from October 19th – 23rd

Just click the image to see the larger version

Marcus Romer – Artistic Director – Pilot Theatre

Back to zero today #artsfunding

25 Oct

A cold start to the week and the new era of austerity

There are two pieces of info that have hit the networks over the weekend

One is that Somerset County Council will cut all it’s funding for Arts organisations Also that Greater Manchester’s AGMA have warned their clients to look for other funding.

The sharp end of the wedge is beginning to prise open the box and the reality of the funding landscape is going to come tumbling out pretty fast

There are details in the about a meeting on November 1st re the Somerset situation.

In the meantime keep warm people

Marcus Romer
Artistic Director
Pilot Theatre

Serious thinking required now #artsfunding

23 Oct


A few things have happened this week that have really started me thinking

Firstly of course the spending review and the impact that this is going to have on the whole of the country

Secondly that my computer completely crashed on Thursday morning. Possibly due to over activity on the artsfunding front. Or more unlikely I have been zapped from cyberspace for sticking my head too far above the parapet.

Either way my back up would not mount on my hard drive and so at the moment I am without all my music, photos and documents.

So I have been thinking


And without my trusty Mac, which normally is spinning for at least 12 hours a day, I am starting from the ground up


Which is a useful place to start. Not just thinking but rethinking. From the beginning again.

We know that in the words of Jim Cartwright from ‘Road’

‘Can we have before again?’

is not going to happen

So what we do need to do is look for new creative and innovative solutions to how we are all going to get through this. Together. And that means – no in fighting. It means solidarity and all those words which have sort of fallen away over the years.

So with regard to ideas, I am suggesting that the artsfunding ning site becomes a place for sharing and discussing ideas

From the ground up. As for once now the phoney war is over – All bets are off – so therefore there is everything to play for

And of course please feel free to drop me a line on any of the networks too

In the meantime I am working without any of my info from the recent and distant past, in the belief that at some point those things will find their way back onto my hard drive too


Marcus Romer

October 22 2010

Spending review email from ACE #artsfunding

20 Oct
This afternoon, following the Chancellor???s statement, the DCMS confirmed in a press briefing that the budget for the Arts Council has been cut by 29.6 %. This means the money we currently have to spend, ??450m, will go down to ??350m in real terms in 2014. Our cut in the first year (11/12) is around 14%. The full numbers are as follows:

  • 2011/12  – ??387.7
  • 2012/13  – ??359.2
  • 2013/14  – ??351.6
  • 2014/15  – ??349.4

These cuts will inevitably have a significant impact on the cultural life of the country.

The Secretary of State has indicated in his settlement letter that he would like to keep the overall effect on the budget to regularly funded organisations to 15% over four years. This is a reflection of the number we indicated to the Chancellor as a tipping point for the arts. This is a decision for National Council, who have previously agreed to try and limit the effects on funded organisations. It is still our intention to try and limit any cut in the first year to less than 10%.

Council will consider the overall position when it meets on 25 October. We will announce how we will be implementing the cuts shortly after, and will then get on with the job in hand.

Thank you for all your efforts in making the case for the arts. Although the settlement is tough I believe we did get the message through that the arts matter – but in a tough context for public spending. With your help we will manage it as well as we can.

Chief Executive
Arts Council England