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The price of creativity (part 2)

The price of creativity (part 2)

Culture
In this second part of a two part feature, Steff Humm talks to three creative professionals who have been priced out of the capital. Sub editor - Amie Filcher Going home In 2013, an average of 977,000 people were travelling into London by train each day, according to The Department of Transport. Many of these were commuters living outside the city due to lower property prices in neighbouring towns. After touring with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2012, Matt Sutton decided to give up his room and move home. “I’d been living back home in my weeks off and enjoyed spending time in Hull,” he says. “It worked out cheaper per month to go down for meetings by train and come back north afterwards than continuing to rent and live in London.” In 2014, Lee Clotworthy also felt it was time to
The price of creativity (part 1)

The price of creativity (part 1)

Culture
Three creative professionals discuss why they left London for cheaper climes. Reporter - Steff Humm. Sub editor - Amie Filcher. London has long been considered one of the cultural capitals of the world because of its 2,000-year history, world-renowned theatre scene and revered selection of museums and galleries. In September 2014 it also took over from Hong Kong as the most expensive city to live and work. Playwright Simon Stephens, speaking at the launch of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2015, has warned that the capital will soon be “empty of artists” because the cost of living is too high for people pursuing financially insecure careers in creative industries such as art, music and drama. “I think London is becoming unsustainable as a city for artistic creativity, because