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In Topic: National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

14 April 2014 - 09:25 AM

That argument and the extension of the budget to include WHWE seems to have been invented *after* the transfer to justify the sacking of the musicians. It doesn't make sense. They're in breach of the SOLT agreement in any case.

In Topic: National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

13 April 2014 - 06:31 PM

So is the live music budget the same now with many fewer plays using live music as it was when virtually every play used live music? In what way has the live music budget been protected?

In Topic: National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

13 April 2014 - 03:00 PM

Can you explain what you mean, Honoured Guest? The new live music policy implies a much reduced likely bill for live music compared to the old policy. If the budget from the old policy is still in force they should have a big surplus by now. If they are saying that any surplus is currently being spent on the War Horse musicians then, at the risk of repeating myself, it sounds like chopped logic. Which other departments at the NT building have to share their budgets with War Horse West End and other transfers? Lighting design? Wardrobe? Physiotherapy? Associate Directors? Fight Directors/Movement? Publicity? Printing? PR? Casting?

And also, at the risk of repeating myself, how can the NT be competing fairly in the West End with commercial producers if its West End management/production costs are borne by/under the budgets of the Arts Council-funded NT?

In Topic: National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

13 April 2014 - 03:02 AM

According to you the NT is, it seems to me arbitrarily, defining specific costs on a commercial transfer in such a way that it affects the budget for their productions on the South Bank. According to their argument, if I've understood it correctly, the more musicians they employ on productions in the commercial West End (where they've been transferred to make money) the fewer they can employ on the South Bank which is ridiculous.

In Topic: National Theatre Lets War Horse Musicians Go

12 April 2014 - 06:16 PM

"It said it aimed to only include live music in shows where musicians are on view to the audience."

Well, imagine all the composers, directors and musicians that worked conscientiously and skilfully over decades at the NT to provide music that timed perfectly to the actors on stage who were creating unique experiences for their paying public, every night slightly and subtly different; they must all think they were wasting their time. What directors who want their plays to have a film score fail to recognise is that film music is added after the actors have filmed their scenes so the actors aren't having to time their acting to a pre-recorded sound-track so they can take as long as they like to climb the staircase or pour the tea. What an incredibly sad day for acting!

And I still don't understand how the NT is subsidising its transfers from its main producing budget for the three theatres on the South Bank.