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 more

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 more

Gestural Music

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’

An integrated approach to teaching

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

The manager as sheepdog

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