Narrative arcs and Panto – “Alright you lot, shut up now and let’s get on with the story.”

I’m interested in theatre, and pantomime in particular, as storytelling in this post, and the implications of narrative as an agent of change.  In the discussions of an anthropology view of making theatre and performances,  a number of metaphors are used. Johannes Huzinga referred to ‘Homo ludens’ – the characteristic of being human is our … Read moreNarrative arcs and Panto – “Alright you lot, shut up now and let’s get on with the story.”

Stage managing in the curriculum

I’ve been putting off writing this post for some time now. The time has come to get things off my chest, and outline why I regard stage-managing as a valuable asset to the school and college syllabus. Having practised as a lecturer for thirty years; and been involved in the setting of vocational and academic … Read moreStage managing in the curriculum

Are Stage Managers Artists?

In Defense of Stage Managers; by Al Franklin – December 2012 issue of Equity News (USA) This article was reproduced on Tumblr, with the additional editorial explanation: On November 5, 2012, the Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres along with the Central Stage Manager Committee hosted a Chicago Stage Manager Pizza Night. The event was a celebration of the … Read moreAre Stage Managers Artists?

BSL Technical theatre glossary

A great project has just been published online, which is to translate some of the most important terms from technical theatre into British Sign Language (BSL). Lead by Ali Pottinger and funded by Arts Council England, the glossary comes as a series of short videos, each on subject area; each term is translated along with … Read moreBSL Technical theatre glossary

Five Leadership Mistakes Of The Galactic Empire – Forbes

Always a sucker for a dramatic management metaphor, I was delighted to come across this article about Star Wars. Having been suspicious about the Darth Vader approach to motivation, I stand corrected in that blame should be placed fair and square at the feet of the Emperor himself. And then run away very quickly. Five … Read moreFive Leadership Mistakes Of The Galactic Empire – Forbes