Actually, this is more a post about ghost theatres.
This picture is part of a blog and photo collection by Adam Slater, who began travelling the country in 2008, 'on a quest to photograph Britain’s abandoned and derelict cinemas and theatres before they are gone for good.'
The recent spate of arts cuts make for bitter reading. Little consolation that it has been left to the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Judy Cramer to dish out emergency cash:
Wilton's Music Hall in London, Sleaford Playhouse and Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre are among the first to benefit from the Theatres Protection Fund's new small grants scheme.
Each have received £5,000 to help fund urgent repairs and improvements.
Having worked briefly in theatre, £5,000 doesn't get you very far. I can also say that theatres are rarely commercial successes, with almost all arts venues relying on funding and grants of one sort or another to help see them through. Blame television, blame waning attention spans, blame computers if you must, but there comes an awkward crunch point where we either need to accept theatres as works of cultural importance, and protect them as such, or bow to supply and demand and admit that many of them have run their course.
Whichever way we vote on this may define our society for generations to come.