Cate Blanchett calls for action after report shows parents in performing arts are ‘penalised’
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Apr 13, 2019

Cate Blanchett calls for action after report shows parents in performing arts are ‘penalised’

Hey everyone!

New article from The stage.

Cate Blanchett is urging action to support performing arts professionals with caring responsibilities, following publication of a report that highlights the “systemic barriers” in the sector.

The report, Balancing Act, has been produced by Parents and Carers in Performing Arts in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. It reveals that 43% of responders who said they had had left the industry did so because of being a parent.

Balancing Act also shows that six out of 10 respondents rely on a support network outside of their employment. The report says: “Those who lack the social capital to support and subsidise their careers, for example by not having a partner in well-paid employment, or not having family nearby to offer childcare, are particularly disadvantaged.”

Responding to the findings, Blanchett said: “Working in theatre or any creative profession can be very rewarding but comes with its own unique challenges, such as regular late nights, last minute engagements and long periods of time away from home, all of which are amplified when you have family commitments.”

“The Balancing Act report is a welcome and necessary step towards addressing these barriers, which for many prove insurmountable. This call to arms is an opportunity for us all to step up and find the creative solutions needed to giving people the support they need to look after their family while continuing to do the work they love.”

As previously reported by The Stage, the research reveals people with caring duties earn up to £3,000 less annually than their counterparts and are often forced to make a “career and salary sacrifice”.

Key findings include:

• The median earnings for carers is £20,000, with non-carers earning £23,000.
• 76% of carers have had to turn down work because of childcare responsibilities. For freelances, this rises to 85%.
• 44% of women have had to change roles due to childcare duties, compared with 23% of male carers.

PIPA co-founder Cassie Raine said there was an “urgent need to remove systemic barriers to work, and to support and retain experienced and talented people”.

She described the PIPA Best Practice Charter as a “practical solution to addressing tangible barriers to work for many”.

Theatres across the UK bolster childcare support as part of PIPA campaign

Raine also confirmed that PIPA is expanding into dance, music and opera, following funding from Arts Council England.

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Cate Blanchett visits Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Australia
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Apr 9, 2019

Cate Blanchett visits Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Australia

Hello everyone!

Last weekend, Cate Blanchett went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Melbourne, Australia.
Here are a couple of photos posted on social media.



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Cate Blanchett to lead charity play reading in Middle Temple Hall on 24 March
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Mar 11, 2019

Cate Blanchett to lead charity play reading in Middle Temple Hall on 24 March

Hey everyone!

New event in London!
It has been announced that Cate Blanchett is set to lead a play reading in Middle Temple Hall for The Kalisher Trust’s annual fundraising.
The play selected for this year event is ‘Land of the Free’ by award winning playwright Diane Samuels and will be performed at Middle Temple Hall on Sunday 24th March 2019. The play reading will run for a max of 90 minutes straight through and will be directed by Joe Harmston. Full casting is to be announced on The Kalister Trust website soon.

Read more information below and if you have the chance to go, don’t miss it!

Land of the Free
DATE: sunday, 24 March 2019
TIME: 6:00 pm
LOCATION: Middle Temple Hall
TICKETS PRICES: £10 – £60
Tickets Here

Official Website
The Kalisher Trust is a legal charity which helps young people from diverse backgrounds to develop the power of advocacy and supports those who aspire to become criminal barristers.

Land of the Free interrogates the conflict between personal and political love as seen in the context of political discourse in the United States from the hysteria of the McCarthy era to the year of the Twin Towers attack. Inspired by real figures and their extraordinary experiences at the hands of the FBI as machine of the American state, her play explores the true price of freedom and the cost of devoting one’s life to fighting for a more just world.

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LAND OF THE FREE
1969, the shores of Lake Champlain, upstate New York. Rosa Gold, wife of radical lawyer Joe Gold, and mother of five, sees a naked woman emerge from the water in the moonlight. Uncompromising and determined, Heidi lives the life Rosa, herself a communist, failed to sustain. Rosa had been arrested for spying for the Soviets in 1949. Joe had been her defence lawyer – he rescued her from the death penalty, then she married him. Still haunting her is the mysterious figure of Bud, FBI agent, defender of the Land of the Brave and the Free.

LAND OF THE FREE explores what it is to be a revolutionary in the USA in the late twentieth century, the nature of personal and political love, marriage for life, betrayal and the struggle to make a fairer world.

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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: first reviews, poster, stills
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Jan 24, 2019

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: first reviews, poster, stills

Hello Blanchetters!

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, new play by Martin Crimp starring Cate Blanchett and Game Of Thrones actor Stephen Dillane, opened yesterday night at the National Theatre. If you are not among the lucky ones that won the ticket ballot to see Cate’s National theatre debut, you can still try the day ticket queues, which is reported to have started from as early as 3am on some days. The play is at the Dorfman Theatre until March 2.
While we wait for more news, take a look at the poster, the stills and the first reviews of this new project. Enjoy!!


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First Reviews

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre review: Cate Blanchett shines in a play about an elaborate sex game” – Read Here Independent

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other review – it’s explicit but hardly shocking” – Read here The Guardian

“Cate Blanchett’s S-and-M Play Is More Tiresome Than Titillating” – Read Here The New York Times

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, Dorfman Theatre, SE1” – Read here The Times UK

“Cate Blanchett in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at the National Theatre” – Read Here London Theatre

“Were critics sufficiently tortured by Cate Blanchett’s National Theatre debut?” – Read Here Whats on Stage

“Review: When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other… (National Theatre)” – Read Here Whats on Stage II

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other” – Read Here Time Out

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other review: Cate Blanchett’s charisma can’t redeem torpid show” – Read More Evenining Standard

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other starring Cate Blanchett review at National Theatre – ‘arduous and opaque’” – Read Here The Stage

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, review: Cate Blanchett is lusty, but it feels like 12 scenes in search of a meaning” – Read Here Inews

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other review: Cate Blanchett is flawless but the play is disappointing ” – Read Here Radio Times

“WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER, National Theatre” – Read Here Broadway World

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, Dorfman Theatre review – Cate Blanchett’s underwhelming debut at the National” – Read Here The arts desk

“‘When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other’: Theater Review” – Read Here The Hollywood Reporter

“When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, National Theatre review” – Read Here Culture Whisper

“Cate Blanchett’s S&M play is just the shock that tepid theatre needs” – Read Here The Guadian II

“Without Cate Blanchett’s presence this would be a torture to watch” – Read Here The Daily Telegragh

“Why is Cate Blanchett in this load of phooey? QUENTIN LETTS reviews When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other” – Read Here Daily Mail

First promotional image of Cate Blanchett’s National Theatre debut play
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Nov 20, 2018

First promotional image of Cate Blanchett’s National Theatre debut play

Hello folks!

Great news today!

The National Theatre has released the first promotional image for When we have sufficiently tortured each other: Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela featuring Cate Blanchett. The online ballot to get tickets for the performance will begin on Thursday. Don’t miss this chance! Good luck Blanchetters!

The Aussie acting ledge is making her NT debut. Think you can’t get in? Don’t lose hope: here are your best bets for bagging a gold-dust ticket

What is it?

International movie star and all-round Aussie legend Cate Blanchett will be starring in a new play at the National Theatre, entitled ‘When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other’, opposite Stephen Dillane (of ‘Game of Thrones’ and more).

How popular will it be?

Blanchett’s name would no doubt shift all the tickets in a jiffy and crash all the servers for the best part of a day if the play’s six-week run was in the NT’s huge Olivier theatre. But it’s in fact at the 450-seat Dorfman, the NT’s smallest venue, so, er, go figure.

How do I get tickets?

It’s pretty simple: there will be no conventional sale. Instead, from noon on Thursday (November 22) to noon the following Thursday (November 29) you can go to the NT website and register for an online ballot. Names will be drawn from the electronic ‘hat’ on Friday November 30. Winners will be given the chance to purchase up to two tickets in the conventional fashion (members will get to book first). It’s a similar system to the one adopted by Tom Hiddleston’s ‘Hamlet’ and the last Punchdrunk show – a lot of people will be disappointed, but at least it’ll be ‘fair’ in terms of the chance of buying a ticket.

Er, what’s the actual play again?

Good question! It’s avant-garde playwright Martin Crimp and avant-garde director Katie Mitchell teaming up to direct what is presumably going to be a fairly leftfield play that explores the nature of desire, and is apparently inspired by Samuel Richardson’s 1740 novel, ‘Pamela’. There has been some grumbling from Mitchell stans that Blanchett’s presence is likely to stop them seeing their hero’s latest endeavour. Which may be true, but don‘t let that stop you applying for tickets. Just bear in mind if you win them that you’ll probably need to brace yourself for what’s likely to be a fairly challenging night of theatre.

Is there any other way of getting tickets?

Yes: a number of cheap day-seats for each evening’s show will be released at the NT’s box office, in person only, at 9.30am each morning. It’ll be first come, first served – the odds are you will have to queue from the early hours of the morning. But if you want to see it – you can.

‘When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other’ is at the National Theatre, Dorfman. Jan 16-Mar 2 2019.

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News | Cate Blanchett’s National Theatre debut
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Oct 3, 2018

News | Cate Blanchett’s National Theatre debut

Hey Blanchetters!!

It looks like we can finally plan our travel to London again!
New information on When we have sufficiently tortured each other, new play featuring Cate Blanchett , has been released! Here’s everything to know so far and how to get tickets for the show.

General Info:

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela
Dorfman Theatre from 16 January to 2 March 2019.
Running Time: tbc

Ticket prices:

Monday – Thursday eves, all matinees £54 – £10
Friday & Saturday eves £58 – £10

Previews:

16 – 22 January £37 – £10

Day Tickets: On the day of the performance, a limited number of cheap Day Tickets will be available in person from 9.30am.

Tickets will go on sale via a ballot which opens on 22 November at 12 pm (more info below).

Events:

Press Night: 23 January
Actor Cate Blanchett on When We Have… Fri 1 February, 4pm

Extra Info:

Content advisory
Please note: This production contains adult themes and scenes of a sexual nature. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.

Ballot
Due to limited ticket numbers and anticipated high demand, a ballot will operate across all performances of When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other instead of a general sale.

Day Tickets: On the day of the performance, a limited number of cheap Day Tickets will be available in person from 9.30am.

The Ballot will be open from 12 noon on Thursday 22 November to 12 noon on Thursday 29 November.

Ballot winners booking dates: Supporting Cast and Young Patron Premium Ballot winners From 12 noon on Monday 3 December, to 12 noon on Tuesday 4 December

Priority and Priority Plus Members, Young Patron Member and Young Patron Associates and Advance Member Ballot winners From 12 noon on Wednesday 5 December, to 12 noon on Thursday 6 December

Public Booking Ballot winners From 12 noon on Friday 7 December, to 12 noon on Saturday 8 December

For further details on how to enter the ballot, make sure you’re signed up to NT News.

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela.
Martin Crimp’s play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play. Using Richardson’s novel as a provocation, six characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance. Directed by Katie Mitchell, Cate Blanchett makes her National Theatre debut alongside Stephen Dillane. The cast also includes Babirye Bukilwa, Jessica Gunning, Emma Hindle and Craig Miller. With set design by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, lighting design by James Farncombe, sound design by Melanie Wilson and movement direction by Joseph Alford.

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Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench named ambassadors for Old Vic’s 200th anniversary
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Feb 12, 2018

Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench named ambassadors for Old Vic’s 200th anniversary

Hello Blanchetters!

Some good news! Cate is expected to appear on stage this year or help fundraise for the Old Vic Theatre. Read more below. Thanks to WLC from the CBF Chat for sharing the news.

Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Cate Blanchett and Eileen Atkins are among more than 100 actors, writers and TV personalities announced as ambassadors of the Old Vic as it prepares to mark its 200th anniversary.

They join Imelda Staunton, Ian McKellen, Maxine Peake, Damian Lewis, Derek Jacobi, Janie Dee and Simon Russell Beale as Bicentenary Ambassadors, who will be involved in a variety of initiatives to mark the theatre’s anniversary. These include curating monologues, attending events around the anniversary in May and raising awareness of its education work.

Peake will curate a series of monologues called One Hand Tied Behind Us, to mark International Women’s Day, while Helen McCrory will hold a workshop for aspiring actors. Bertie Carvel will run this year’s London Marathon to raise money for the theatre.

Artistic director Matthew Warchus said he was determined that the anniversary would not be about “eulogising a historic artefact”.

“For me, it’s essential to recognise that the illustrious history of this building is also characterised by mischief, populism, sometimes breath-taking boldness and risk. Above all, it’s been a place full of youthful vitality and an urge to reinvent itself to stay relevant and always engaged with the world around it,” he added.

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