Hollywood actor attacks planned cuts to theatre arts

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009, Fountainpark. Pictured on the red carpet for the screening of Away We Go is Alan Cumming.  17th June 2009. Picture by JANE BARLOW
Edinburgh International Film Festival 2009, Fountainpark. Pictured on the red carpet for the screening of Away We Go is Alan Cumming. 17th June 2009. Picture by JANE BARLOW
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HOLLYWOOD actor Alan Cumming is the latest high-profile figure to join the outcry against theatre arts cuts at Adam Smith College.

The highly regarded theatre arts department that has produced stars such as Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott from Glenrothes is threatened with closure due to cuts in public funding.

The theatre department at Adam Smith College in Fife faces being shut down so that the college can focus on teaching “growth” areas like engineering, tourism and care.

The decision, announced by college management as part of a curriculum review, has generated outrage among staff, students and supporters. Hollywood star Alan Cumming has now joined the protest, expressing his dismay and concern at the proposed closure of the 13 full-time courses.

Cumming, who has gained worldwide acclaim as an actor, singer, producer and writer, heard about the proposed department closure from an old friend in Fife.