Arts

All the world’s a stage: ethnic diversity in British theatre

British theatre appears to be experiencing a golden age of diversity, but behind the scenes minority and female artists are still facing limits on what they can and can’t achieve. Louis Cheslaw talks to leading theatre figures about efforts to make the stage a more representative place

Channel 4, the champion of yoof

If the broadcaster is to be part-privatised, will it lose its edge? Mike Bolland, the channel’s first youth controller, recalls how an ‘alternative’ public remit led to blowjobs at teatime, ‘fuck’ counts, sacrilegious cigar commercials and scandal-hit ministers (nearly) unmasked: no wonder Mary Whitehouse wasn’t a fan