Hollywood actor Stephen Rea made a plea to the Northern Ireland Executive today to reconsider the disproportionately high £4.2million cuts proposed for the arts budget.
Well known for his roles in films such as The Crying Game, V for Vendetta and Interview with a Vampire, Mr Rea, in a letter to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, asked the Stormont Government to reconsider the proposed cuts.
“The actors, directors, script writers, lighting engineers, set designers, costume designers and make-up artists from Northern Ireland who have gone on to develop successful stage, film and TV careers, learned and developed their craft at local theatre venues,” Mr Rea said.
“Arts and culture are the hallmarks of civilisation. If we fail to maintain our investment on our most valuable defining assets, we become impoverished as a place and as a people,” his letter concluded.
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