Funds 2021: What do younger aspiring actors make of it?

Members of the Young Actors Company in Cambridge


By Laurence Cawley
BBC News, East

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image captionThe BBC spoke with members of The Young Actors Company in Cambridge to find out their views on the additional arts funding announced in the budget

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has pledged £400m for the struggling arts sector. The BBC spoke with a group from the Young Actors Company in Cambridge to see what they made of the announcement and the Budget as a whole.

Having struggled since last March when gig venues, cinemas and theatres were forced to close, the Budget announcement could not have come soon enough for the arts sector.

Many who work in the industry are freelancers who have found themselves struggling during successive lockdowns.

The Budget outlined an extra £700m for sporting, cultural and arts organisations as part of an overall £65bn of extra government spending.

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