ACTOR’S RIGHTSCategory: Theatre
There has recently been a growing militancy within the union. Because of the weakness of the union which was unprepared for the new conditions and for monopolization within the industry, pay and conditions are still backward for the overwhelming majority of members. [...]
It lias brought large numbers of members into closer working contact with other technical unions which are better organized and stronger.
Added to this is the fact the 80 per cent of members are at any given time unemployed. Parallel with this growing militancy has been a questioning of the values and ideas put over through the media by the workers whose job it is to produce them.
These factors produced a censciousness quite different from that produced by small-scale artistic production propped up by private incomes or by the myth of the “starving but dedicated” artist.
But this militancy was quickly capitalized by the ultra-left, as has happened in other sectors of professional administrative and intellectual workers who have recently been thrust into the economic class struggle.
(Morning Star, October, 1974)
SAVE OUR THEATRES!
“Save our theatres!” Almost daily the clarion call rings out. Newspaper photographers and television interviews show us pretty actresses with shining eyes and windswept hair, sublimating their frustrated desire to play St. Joan by pleading for the preservation of some tottering flop-house. [...]
Their sincerity is not in question. In a profession in which 90% are unemployed, the possible demolition of a theatre — must be resisted.
(Plays and Players, August, 1973)