The report below is being launched today at the Independent Theatre Council AGM at Soho Theatre. This is the public version, now available for download.
For those of you visiting this blog for the first time, In Battalions was a response to comments made to me by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey at a Writers' Guild event in Parliament in December.
Mr Vaizey said that Arts Council cuts made since April 2012 were having 'no effect' on theatres, and that new plays and playwriting were 'thriving'. I knew this wasn't true, but didn't have much evidence outside of my own experience to argue with him. So I set out to find some. To Mr Vaizey's credit, he did say he would consider any evidence to the contrary which I could send him.
I was amazed at the response I got from the industry. The blog article that I wrote about my efforts went viral and I was inundated with offers of help from theatres and theatre-makers across the country. The whole thing really seemed to touch a nerve.
The report was researched and written by me, with assistance from Helen Campbell Pickford, a PhD student at Oxford University, who came forward to volunteer to help me. Neither of us was paid, both of us fitted it in around other work, and nor do we now have any marketing budget to get it circulated.
At the time of writing, Ed Vaizey's office have had a copy for ten days and we are awaiting a response.
If you think what you read here is important, please send it on to other people. You can either download your own PDF using the button on the document's Scribd page, or you can send people the link. There are also buttons over on Scribd to Tweet it and Facebook it.
Apart from that, I hope the report and the data and testimonies within it speak for themselves. It's rather grim reading, but it is important. Please help us to get it out there.
There is also a press release with some further copy, and summarising the main findings, which can be downloaded from Scribd here. Please note that there is also some further quotable material in my introduction to the report on page 6.
You can follow the reaction to the report live via my Twitter account @finkennedy or using the hashtag #inbattalions
Further enquiries can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org