Perhaps they are the same people who dreamt up the new-look Oliviers. In a clumsy attempt to be dramatic, the award of Best New Play to The Weir was not announced until the following week, which meant that it received little publicity. Andre Ptaszynski, president of the Society of London Theatre, is the godfather of the new format. He says dinner jackets and glitz give the wrong image of the theatre. Really? Do the red carpets and outlandishly expensive fashions of the Oscars put people off going to films?
SIR PETER HALL's launch of the Shadow Arts Council at the Olivier Awards was, however, a suitably dramatic moment. Thus was born an anti-government body of the great and the glamorous, including such luminaries as Sir Tom Stoppard (below). They had met in secret the day before, Sir Peter revealed. This was a surprise to everyone, including Stoppard: it was the first he'd heard of it. Sir Peter said the new Shadow Arts Council would be a port of call for the press with queries about the true state of the arts. OK. First question: at this secret meeting, who was the tall, curly-haired bloke impersonating Tom Stoppard?
ARTSPEAK AWARD of the week goes to Mark McCormack's International Management Group, the sports marketing guru that has set up IMG Arts Projects. It says it has been formed "to meet a need for arts management consultants who were also experienced arts professionals with a strong business edge and corporate ties who were willing to provide clients with daily hands- on assistance with performing arts projects such as managing performance venues and performing arts organisations". Ah, you say, that's not artspeak, that's management consultantspeak. But is there any longer a difference?Reuse content