Oddsocks supports Labour’s pledge to axe unpaid internships


Labour leader Miliband wants to axe unpaid internships

Oddsocks Productions have spoken out in support of Ed Miliband’s pledge to axe unpaid internships if Labour is successful in this month’s general election. In response to Labour’s pledge to make it illegal for companies to offer unpaid work placements of longer than four weeks, Oddsocks said in a statement that they ‘feel that this is a good length of time to assess whether an intern is suitable to take on and be paid a living wage’.

Former intern Bethan Nash starring as Ophelia

Former intern Bethan Nash starring as Ophelia

Oddsocks said they are ‘leading the way above others in the industry’ regarding internships, citing their appointment of Bethan Nash as an intern in 2011. Encouraged by Oddsocks’ artistic director Andy Barrow to audition during her internship so as to add to her experience, Nash was given the role of Ophelia in the company’s three-month touring production of Hamlet The Comedy. She went on to star in their production of Macbeth, and then took up a place to study at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

For more information about Oddsocks, visit www.oddsocks.co.uk/theatre.

Miliband promises arts at the heart of Labour government

Ed Miliband has said that Labour will ‘put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the Labour government’s mission’ if the party gains power in this year’s general election. The Labour leader was speaking at the Creative Industries Federation at Battersea Arts Centre.

‘Britain will be a prouder, richer, stronger country when we give everybody the opportunity to develop their creativity, expand their horizons, enhance their talents and make a life for themselves in the arts and culture: old and young, rich and poor, north and south.’

Despite his backing of arts and culture, Miliband would not confirm that there would be no further cuts to the arts, saying: ‘I can’t make promises about what funding’s going to look like in the future.’

Ed Miliband speaking at the Creative Industries Federation at Battersea Arts Centre (Credit: Ian Watts)

Ed Miliband speaking at the Creative Industries Federation at Battersea Arts Centre (Credit: Ian Watts)

In his speech, Miliband also quoted from the Warwick Commission’s report, and said: ‘If we care about the opportunities for the young, the findings of the Warwick Commission should worry us all.

‘The next Labour government’s mission is to guarantee every young person, from whatever background, access to the arts and culture: a universal entitlement to a creative education for every child.’

In Miliband’s speech, Labour backed the Warwick Commission’s recommendation that schools will only be able to receive an ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted if they offer creative subjects and cultural opportunities within a broad and balanced curriculum.

Other policies announced during the speech included: strengthening creative education in schools by encouraging afterschool clubs to offer music, drama, dance, art, sport or other creative activities; building better career pathways into the arts and creative industries by increasing the number of apprenticeships; and widening free access to museums and galleries.