Towards a finer ecology - a study of fixed term subsidy for theatre in England

  • Chris O'Connell

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Arts by Research


    This study contests that subsidy for theatre in England, as administrated by Arts Council England, is constricted by historical preoccupations that organise culture and are neither progressive to the organisation's goals as outlined in its document Great Art For Everyone (2010), nor adaptive to twenty-first century society.

    It explores the notion of what is often referred to as 'the wider theatre ecology', interrogating what is understood by the word 'ecology'. Finally, it outlines an alternative model for subsidy that invests not in buildings, but in a finer ecological approach that refutes hierarchy in subsidy and brings theatre organisations across cities or regions together into a matrix of provision.
    Date of Award2013
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • Coventry University
    SupervisorGeoff Willcocks (Supervisor) & Adrian Palka (Supervisor)


    • theatre
    • Arts Council England
    • theatre funding

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