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 more
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 more
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 more
Just came across this performance, Imogen Heap using sensing gloves; close mics; a Kinect to control Ableton. Very impressive – two years of mapping to create a ‘human instrument’
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 more
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 more
Just heard from my mate Paul, who’s been the driving force behind a wonderful concept, the Anywhere Theatre Festival. The video: Anywhere Theatre Festival 2011 from Arts Queensland on Vimeo.
Learning is no longer a linear commodity, and – like it or not – traditional skills that rely on memorisation and repetition are becoming obsolete in the era of instant information retrieval. Games can teach us how children will need to learn in the digital age; as active agents, using multiple simultaneous interactive resources. In … Read more
Over the years I have been struck by the methods used by stage managers in supporting the creative process. Creativity is a sensitive process, full of vulnerability; unstable and volatile, while also intimate and friendly. There is a strong sense of discipline about theatre and performance, but not in the regimented way one might associate … Read more
Recently I talked to Rebekah Davies, a student on the BA American Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford, about stage management. As part of her project, she very kindly transcribed the interview, which I’ve now put into the learning zone as “Thoughts on stage managing”.