The multi-Oscar-winning English costume designer Sandy Powell, who will make film history this month when she accepts a prestigious Bafta fellowship, is “terrified” by the lack of experimental live performance being staged in Britain, she says.
Powell is one of film’s most garlanded talents, working regularly with Martin Scorsese, but she now fears that the connection between a thriving alternative theatre scene and the commercial world of mass entertainment has been cut.
“It’s a desperate situation and means we’ll get formulaic kinds of creativity. A lot of the fringe theatre work is not out there any more because old funding routes have gone, and that was always how you learned the value of taking artistic risks,” she told the Observer.
Great, so those who make lots of money from the commercial theatre should be spending some of that on supporting their feedstock, their supply line, in fringe theatre.
Job done. Just as Porsche is funding synthfuel……