Paying your way

Comments on the success of independent artists who have successfully self-funded their theatre productions, such as comic-folk duo The Flight of the Conchords, The Naked Samoans, Barbarian Productions and Red Mole. Warns artists against adopting a 'need-funding' mentality, which she considers can be destructive and disempowering. Argues that having to fund your work from your own pocket can have positive aspects, and warns against perceiving official funding as an endorsement of artistic quality.