Jacqui Dubois, Denise Gough & Sally George in ‘People, Places and Things'(Photo: Johan Persson) U.K. stage favorite Denise Gough will bring her Olivier-winning performance in People, Places & Things to New York. The Duncan Macmillan play will kick off St. Ann’s Warehouse’s 2017-18 season beginning October 19. It is set to run at the Brooklyn venue through November 19.This marks the first collaboration of St. Ann’s Warehouse with the U.K.’s National Theatre and Headlong. The show, directed by Jeremy Herrin, follows an actress struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. As she navigates through rehab, her complicated story begins to blur the lines between truth and lies. Gough, who will star in the National Theatre’s upcoming production of Angel in America, took home an Olivier for her performance as Emma in the show’s West End transfer.The season will continue with the New York premiere of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, adapted by War hourse author Michael Morpurgo and directed by Emma Rice. Performances will run from March 16 through April 9. Beginning May 9, St. Ann’s Warehouse will present the American premiere of Enda Walsh’s Arlington; at that same time, Irish Arts Center will stage Walsh’s Rooms. Performances of both will run through May 28. View Comments
The British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) is to close to new accrual, Tata Steel has told union representatives.Union GMB called Tata’s plan to close the fund “unnecessary and profoundly disappointing”, and said it was preparing a strike ballot.According to the union, the fund had £13.6bn (€17bn) in assets at the end of November last year, up from £12.6bn at the end of March. David Hulse, GMB national officer, said the union did not expect to find itself discussing closure to new accrual, following months of negotiations that got underway in November. “Throughout a long process, we have acted in good faith and negotiated constructively in trying to reach an agreement that addresses what we acknowledge to be a significant deficit in the scheme,” Hulse added.According to the fund’s most recent annual report from 2013-14, BSPS had a £1.1bn deficit in March 2013 when measured on an on-going basis.Hulse was critical of Tata’s plans to close the fund to new accrual.“We have made every effort to compromise with the company, even discussing the possibility of meeting the deficit through changes to member benefits, despite the fact the company is legally obliged to pay for the deficit and has always done so in the past,” Hulse said.“Sadly, the company rejected this offer out of hand. It appears they are hell-bent on closing the scheme and are not prepared to compromise.”He said the management of parent company Tata Steel Europe should “seriously consider their positions” after what he deemed a breakdown in trust between the scheme’s sponsor and its workforce.A spokesman for Tata said the company put forward changes to the defined benefits (DB) fund that would have balanced any changes across the entire workforce.“We believe the trade unions’ proposals to change member benefits would have unfairly disadvantaged younger scheme members, who would have had to bear most of the impact of the changes.He added: “We have been unable to come to an agreement that would have enabled defined benefit provision to continue and we will be consulting employees on a proposal to close the defined benefit scheme to future accrual.It is proposed that future pension provision will be on a defined contribution basis.BTPS is a DB scheme, with a standalone defined contribution arrangement launched in 2014.The DB section returned 1.6% over the course of the 2013-14 financial year, and 7.8% over the three years to 2014.
City officials offer a design as they plan to transform the former Ivy Tech building into a center housing non-profit organizations.BATESVILLE, Ind. – City Council members have agreed to provide additional funding toward a proposed recycling center in Batesville.The Batesville Recycling Building is estimated to cost 75-thousand dollars and will be operated by Southeastern Indiana Recycling District (SEIRD).On Monday night, Council unanimously approved funding of up to $25,000 from the Belterra riverboat revenue-sharing funds.Last month, the Rising Sun Regional Foundation granted $30,000 to the City of Batesville toward the project. SEIRD Board of Directors recently provided a $20,000 donation as well.The Belterra funding request was spearheaded by District 1 Council Member Derrick Cox, who calls the project “a benefit to not only Batesville, but surrounding communities.”Fellow councilman Jim Fritsch inquired on the timetable of the project, which Mayor Rick Fledderman says could be as early as next spring.The proposed center will not alter curbside trash or recycling pickup, officials confirm.The City will own the building but operations and utilities will be covered by SEIRD. The company plans to have an attendant on duty during operation hours which are projected to be three days a week from noon to 6 p.m., and Saturday mornings.Recyclables accepted include paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, along with electronics, household hazardous waste, appliances, scrap metal, tires and car batteries.Company officials note that the center will not be a location to exchange scrap metal for cash.Other news and notes from Monday’s meeting: –Curbside trash collection is currently on a weekly basis, as it previously was twice a week. The City agreed Monday to move forward with a contract with Rumpke, but officials are now considering whether to schedule collection weekly or biweekly. Batesville resident Mike Vonderheide shared thoughts on the matter:“Once a week is plenty and twice a year [large trash collection] is plenty,” Vonderheide said. “Also, keep the recycling weekly as well, I know there are hardly any trash cans on our street during the second weekly [pickup] in the summer.”City officials are keeping the discussion open as they look for input from city residents.–A citizen asked the mayor if the City was aware of any ongoing investigation. Fledderman declined any knowledge of an investigation, and told the audience he was unaware of any wrongdoing by city officials.–Drones in Batesville? Council President Gene Lambert asked Police Chief Stan Holt about drones reportedly seen flying over Batesville. Holt says he is looking into the legalities as Lambert inquired on privacy concerns.If you have captured a photo of a drone locally and wish to share it with us, email our news director at firstname.lastname@example.org–Board of Works members approved the purchase of the former Ivy Tech building at the intersection of County Line Road and Huntersville. An anonymous donor agreed to donate 50-thousand dollars toward the project on stipulation the City receives matching funds. Mayor Fledderman announced Monday that donations have reached $50,000 and the transaction was later approved by the Board of Works.–Council members support a resolution to change the state funding formula for Indiana Schools.Mayor Fledderman reasoned, “I’m in support of this because of how funding is to the Batesville school system, we achieve at a higher level than many other [schools].”