Recently I’ve been amusing myself by trying to understand other languages better, through the Duolingo app. Refreshing French, to conversational level; learning Spanish, and now some Dutch. I understand that if you want to learn a language fast, it’s best to concentrate on the grammar more than vocabulary. It got me thinking about the way that … Read more
I’m not such a fan of ‘pretending’ any more. The style of naturalism in performance, that prevails particularly on TV is ultimately deceitful, in that it cloaks its own artifice. While it’s clever, and enjoyable in its way to lose yourself as an audience member in the piece, I often feel a little disconnected somehow, however stunning the performance.
Following the post about BSL, I’ve been alerted to a site dedicated to advice on theatre access: The See a Voice project was set up between October 2006 and March 2010 by the charities STAGETEXT and VocalEyes, who provide captioning and audio description respectively. The website is still live and has useful information. So, what … Read more
The latest report on the state of arts education in the UK. Glad to see it supports the special funding for drama schools; but more importantly its recognition of the importance of the role of arts education today. The full report can be found here, but there’s a useful summary at the Cultural Learning Alliance: … Read more
Great article from the USA about theatre for young audiences. Thanks to Chris Elwell for bringing it to attention. Why Children's Theater Matters | Education.com.
This video provokes many ideas – and not just about the content, also about the structure of information communication in the digital age. Ken Robinson on RSA Animate
BBC – The Virtual Revolution – Home. Just got round to viewing some of this series. It seems to be touching on some of the issues of digital culture I’ve been exploring. Plus there’s loads of useful interview material there!