Winslet's plea for South Hill Park
Published 11 Apr 2011 09:30 2 Comments
HOLLYWOOD star Kate Winslet has called for greater support for South Hill Park, after the flagship arts venue lost its Arts Council funding.
The Titanic star took her first steps to acting success at South Hill Park's Wilde Theatre, appearing in youth productions in the 1980s, and is now a patron.
Kate exclusively told The News: "The Wilde Theatre has been a wonderful home for theatre arts since it opened more than 25 years ago. I appeared there in Jungle Book and Bugsy Malone, and the experience of learning my craft there was invaluable.
"These are difficult times for arts funding but I urge everyone concerned to continue to support this amazing centre which does so much for its local community and for all the young performers whose careers start there."
Kate has been nominated for an Oscar six times and won the best actress, along with a BAFTA (pictured), for her role in The Reader in 2009.
Should the Arts Council support South Hill Park? You can see the comments already made and add your own by clicking on the link for the story www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/roundup/articles/2011/04/01/51383-south-hill-park-funding-axe--have-your-say-/#c11094
This article appeared in Bracknell News 11 Apr 11
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Apr 12, 09:30
Kate Winslet is a multi millionaire and a very, very lucky girl indeed to be in the position she has found herself.
I'm sure she could easily afford to contibute £100,000 of her considerable earnings to South Hill Park each year for the next few years or so. It would cover their entire loss this year and about half of it for the next few. A swift voiceover in, say, a cheese string commercial and a couple of dodgy photo shoots would cover the costs if she didn't wish to dip into her present savings. After all, if The Wilde Theatre is where, as she says herself, she "learnt her craft," surely it's only right that she'll now feel the need to give something back? It'll also give her some nice publicity, and they could even turn, the foyer area into 'The Winslet Room' (or something) as a tribue to this 'national treasure.' It's a small price to pay, surely?
Kate, if you're reading, please send a cheque for £100,000 to -
South Hill Park
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Apr 28, 17:16
Arts Council England have cut South Hill Park's funding by 100%. If you value the arts centre, please think about signing this petition -
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