Theatre Web Round Up – Fri 9th Jan

In the first of a new weekly series, we’ll take a quick look at cream of the week’s theatre news stories and theatre related articles. Think of it as a bit like Saturday Review, but for theatre, and on a Friday, and without the erudition and topic debate… oh well.

The ever-interesting Chris Wilkinson considers whether the National Theatre and other arts institutions should accept sponsorship from oil companies such as Shell and BP that damage the planet. Link to Guardian article see also .

Chris also points us to George Hunka’s blog who has found a video Sarah Kane’s rarely seen, deeply disturbing drama for Channel 4, Skin, first broadcast in 1997. Not for the faint-hearted mind.

The French are coming – a six-month initiative, “Paris Calling”, billed as a Franco-British Season of Performing Arts consists of some 21 plays, dance productions and circus performances. The programme includes new works that have never been staged in the UK and whose main purpose is to “push the boundaries of language and culture”.

TheatreVoice – the British theatre audio and podcast site, has launched a new project called Urban Scrawl which will present a series of free-to-access audio dramas via the web.

The Stage has a podcast of it’s exclusive interview with Culture Secretary Andy Burnham while Susan Elkin asks if theatres should audition for backstage staff rather than just interview them.

That’s all til this time next week – let us know if you like the new format.