Take learning how to read play scripts imaginatively and intelligently. Robert Knopf’s Script Analysis for Theatre (Bloomsbury) has masses of advice for theatre students and professionals in the early stages of their careers.
Before Jam begins, the audience sees history teacher Bella Soroush (Jasmine Hyde) still in her classroom in the early evening, trying to settle down to mark essays but distracted by her uncomfortable shoes and stuff in her bag, and unable to fully relax and concentrate. We get the sense that she’s been in this state for a long time, always slightly on edge.
Bringing a different vibe to the Rose Theatre in Kingston, Bring on the Bollywood is a burst of colour and life on stage that just doesn’t seem to have enough impact in terms of its so-so script and the too long scene changes, relying on the music and dancing to get the audience engaged with the story.