The British Theatre Academy is trying to do things differently by offering many hours of free part-time training. It achieves this by mounting fine shows which more or less cover their costs and help to offset the school’s expenses
Here are the facts: Women take longer in the loo than men. Conventionally they need to lock themselves into a cubicle even to urinate. Often – more often, in practice, than men even in enlightened 2016 – they have children with them which slows things up.
They’re on the home straight. Thousands of school leavers, post-gappers and post-grads are heading for drama school or drama course in universities. All that tense worry about auditions, recalls and nail biting anxiety while awaiting that letter offering a coveted place (or not) are behind you. A level and other results are due next week but for many they won’t affect anything much. The place is in the bag.
Mick Barnfather is a theatre director, actor and teacher with over 35 years of professional industry experience. Renowned for his exploratory clown workshops, Mick is well-versed in making people laugh. Here he explains more about this skilful, yet widely misconceived art form…
The first show I see is Demain, cannily themed around the itinerant life of street performers. Marie-Josée Gauthier, a regular teacher at the school as well as an actress and theatre director, has directed her coterie in a vibrant and accessible production that reveals the poignant edges between freedom and loneliness.
Exploring the evolution, trends and focus of various forms of circus training, the assignment asked us to either analyse our own training experience, envisage an ‘ideal’ circus education programme, or reflect upon whether graduates from circus schools should automatically be called ‘circus artists’. This final category is the one I chose.
It’s Sunday and I am settled in a café at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPAC) shortly to meet the director of “Cabaret” before seeing the show in the black box space. In the other theatre there is Dama Orchestra’s Cantonese musical “I Have a Date with Spring” playing with chinese and English subtitles […]
For 5 years Kath Burlinson and I have been working with business managers to help them prepare for some of the stressful moments in life. Picture the moment you are invited into a room and required to talk effectively about an important topic to a group of people who can make your future happen…or make […]
Cardiff, 6-8th March, 2015 Circus people are practical people. When I mention that I’m attending a ‘circus conference’, it lifts eyebrows, raises smiles, and boggles brains. But circus people are also passionate people, and that passion makes things happen. For three days, the converted church that is the home of NoFit State Circus in Cardiff […]