Scottish theatre, it seems of late, has continued to build on the nation’s reputation for high-quality creative work on the stage. Two weeks ago, Scottish actors and performances won three awards at the Barclays TMA Awards, which also included a total of eight nominations. Although on the surface it appears the industry is going from strength to strength, the harsh reality is that recent successes are unlikely to be repeated unless serious funding issues are addressed.
The past year has seen Scotland’s drama funding increasingly complicated by a range of issues. Most recently, the Scottish Executive comprehensive spending review indicated that the Scottish Arts Council (SAC) funding could be frozen in 2003-04.