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Mark Fisher
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Follow me on Twitter at MarkFFisher, WriteAboutTheat and LimelightXTC I am a freelance journalist and critic specialising in theatre and the arts. Publications I write for include the Guardian and the Scotsman. I am the author of The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide: how to make your show a success and How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. I am also editor of The XTC Bumper Book of Fun for Boys and Girls: A Limelight Anthology. From 2000-2003, I was the editor of The List magazine, Glasgow and Edinburgh's arts and events guide.
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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Where are the Creative playwrights?

Among the 20 artists shortlisted for the Scottish Arts Council's Creative Scotland Awards is a disappointing number from the world of theatre. Two, in fact. Playwright Peter Arnott would like to spend the £30,000 on a trilogy of plays about how we can live while we're waiting for the end of the world. And performance art maverick Ian Smith wants to develop a multi-media performance lecture based on the significant mischief making artists of the past 150 years.

Although £30,000 is a substantial sum of money, it doesn't go far in collaborative enterprises, which is why novelists, composers and artists apply more readily than theatre-makers. But I wonder why only one playwright has made the list?

This week the Stand comedy club in Edinburgh started a daily lunchtime session with food included in the ticket price. A bargain at £5. Further thoughts about eating and entertainment on the Guardian's arts and entertainment blog.

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