Steve Eaton Evans, sunglasses on head, welcomed me to Queen’s College in damp Taunton last week for a non-profit conference of drama teachers. Under the dark skies of the South of England and the dark times for drama teachers that have seen many of my colleagues take on less drama and even sometimes switching [...]
When I first thought about taking a group of ten Year 13 students to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival it sounded like such a simple and wonderful idea. When I first told the group of the plans the idea was pounced on with characteristic wide-eyed optimism. Since then, reality has bitten hard and I’ve turned into [...]
As I look out on the winter wonderland outside, I’m warmed by the thought of having completed the first full draft of the Rough Fiction autumn play for this year. Hopefully by then the country will be in the grips of an Indian summer and many people will finally have experienced a play that started [...]
Fighting out of the Fringes: a good news story for the arts, youth and playwriting at the National Theatre.
Surely now that the claims made by papers like The Telegraph that thermal imaging cameras have proved the “Occupy London Stock Exchange” protest camp is largely empty at night have been solidly debunked we can return to the image of people protesting about what they believe in. Agree with it or don’t agree with it, it’s [...]
These last three days have marked the nineteenth (after some conference debate that it was the twentieth or even twenty first) National Independent Schools’ Drama Association Conference. One word in this title will already have some of the left wing amongst us wishing to raise points but to the politics of private education we shall [...]
There was a heady hum of anticipation from the young audience that came to David Harrower’s version of this Russian satire when I arrived to see The Government Inspector. There was the feel we were in for something big. A cast of fifteen, two big TV names and a co-production involving the continuously innovative Warwick [...]
Numbers are coming through for next year’s GCSE and A-Level courses. For many teachers of Art, Drama and Music these numbers are down. In some cases considerably so. With the government’s move to Academy schools, subjects struggling to keep up the numbers will be cut. Academies first and foremost are businesses and just like in [...]
To develop we need feedback.
This is largely true of, well, most things. We put something out into the world: an idea; a thought; a carefully crafted piece of this or that and we wait to see what people think of it. Sometimes feedback comes back unsolicited and sometimes we ask for it. Sometimes it’s positive, [...]
Monday 28th February is the day. Our first Arts Council funded project “The Last of the Lake” has its development showing at The Point Theatre, Eastleigh. This sharing of work as it’s developing is a vital part of the process. It allows us to see what works and what doesn’t, it allows us to listen [...]
Thank goodness it’s over. An unnecessarily blue coloured theatre that should in all honesty be painted black, piles of parents and siblings of the cast, a drizzly February night with hastily dampening printed toilet signage – it can only be a school show.
Directing non-actors who have to concentrate on their other 9 GCSE subjects or [...]
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