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’.
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.
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