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How to: Relieve Tech Week Stress

How to: Relieve Tech Week Stress

We've all been there. At the point in the rehearsal period where you just want the show to be over with, but also excited to be at the most involved part of the production process: Tech week. Some even call it hell week. This dreaded yet loved week, or often less, of crunch time before a show, where the deadline for everything to become performance perfect is quickly arising. Even just reading that and thinking about it makes me stressed. Stress can even cause more health problems than we think: from constant fatigue, emotional imbalance, high blood pressure, ulcers, depression, and immune system dysfunction. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the excitement and pressure of tech week and allow yourself to get fully overwhelmed,

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DV8 & Taboo Relationships – A Postmodern Perspective

DV8 & Taboo Relationships – A Postmodern Perspective

DV8 is ‘an independent collective of dancers who had become frustrated and disillusioned with the preoccupation and direction of most dance.’[i] Their work is about taking aesthetic and physical risks to break down barriers between dance, theatre and personal politics. Like the postmodern works of Bausch, Wilson, Brecht and Artaud, DV8 strive to create a medium that, while being radical, is accessible to wide audience. Contesting Clause 28 In 1987, in Thatcherite Britain, gay men were under considerable public pressure owing to three fronts: the increased awareness of AIDS, hostile press coverage regarding AIDS and the introduction of Clause 28 (which subsequently became Section 28) into the Local Government Finance Bill, which made

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Ofsted and Acting

Ofsted and Acting

What a week! After returning from a 2 week holiday, during which I still managed to fit in teaching a 3 day Meisner class, I managed to jump straight back in to an intensive rehearsal process, launch 1 performance project, 1 devising project, 1 Disability Arts project and survive a two day Ofsted inspection. Who says teachers aren't busy? Multi-skilled Teachers in any of the performing arts fields are pretty incredible when it comes to having to be multi-skilled and capable of juggling many projects at the same time. Often, students can miss this. They can miss that their director isn't just directing, but running 3 very different things aside from their own. Once they mature in to the profession they are lucky enough to work with highly skilled

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Otieno: An Adaptation of Othello by Trevor Michael Georges

Otieno: An Adaptation of Othello by Trevor Michael Georges

This rewriting of Shakespeare’s Othello is set in Zimbabwe on the eve of the 2008 general election. The eight characters are imprisoned by President Mugabe’s off-stage war veterans who have them trapped on a white-owned farm that they intend to confiscate. It premiered in 2010 at the Southwark Playhouse, London, produced by Metta Theatre. The Black British writer Michael Georges, who also took the title role of Otieno, describes in a Facebook interview how he and the rest of the cast became increasingly aware that the play was about ‘the life of a nation’. When we watch the disintegration of the Othello character Otieno, we see not only a mercenary in the confined world of a remote farm under siege, but also the tragedy of Mugabe,

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Paulo Freire a Highly Influential Figure in Liberational Education

Paulo Freire a Highly Influential Figure in Liberational Education

Paulo Reglus Neves Freire . (1971 – 1997) Brazil Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people--they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress. (1968) Augusto Boal was not only influenced by the Educational Philosophies and strategies put forward by Paulo Freire, he also worked tirelessly to develop these ideas and pass them on so that others would use his strategies with people across the world.  It is appropriate to look at the philosophy of Paulo Freire as part of Theatre in Every Day Life because drama turned out to be such a profound and simple way to bring these strategies to life by animating the liberational process. Paulo Freire,

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How to: Relieve Tech Week Stress

How to: Relieve Tech Week Stress

We've all been there. At the point in the rehearsal period where you just want the show to be over with, but also excited to be at the most involved part of the production process: Tech week. Some even call it hell week. This dreaded yet loved week, or often less, of crunch time before a show, where the deadline for everything to become performance perfect is quickly arising. Even just reading that and thinking about it makes me stressed. Stress can even cause more health problems than we think: from constant fatigue, emotional imbalance, high blood pressure, ulcers, depression, and immune system dysfunction. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in the excitement and pressure of tech week and allow yourself to get fully overwhelmed,

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CLAP IF YOU BELIEVE

CLAP IF YOU BELIEVE

The American Repertory Theatre’s dedicated artisan Diane Paulus is at it again with the world premiere musical, Finding Neverland. The story, based on true events turned popular movie, takes to the stage in a phantasmic way with the extensive push of movie-magician, Harvey Weinstein. And the surprising pair of influential theatre minds has everyone in Cambridge, Mass. jumping for joy. With a pop musical vibe (music written by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy) and gritty contemporary choreography by the one and only Mia Michaels, the production is perfectly modern though despite the 1903 setting. The score has music suitable for both young children and adults (though this factory admittedly adds inconsistency), as the actual play of Peter

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