Inspiration from Productions for the DN

Over the Winter break and recent Chinese New year breaks, I managed to go to a wonderful range of performances and productions. It really was amazing to see how spaces, sets and mood were communicated through a range of styles and cultures. This blog will share a few things that occurred to me as I watched, and may inspire you to encourage your students to watch not only theatre performances to inspire their Director's Notebook. The Nutcracker Ballet at Hong Kong Cultural ...

The long walk to freedom

The other day I went to see the film 'Mandela Long walk to freedom' and was so moved by the issues addressed in the film that I decided it was time for us to stop for a moment, decide what it is that really matters in performance,  and decide why we choose to perform the things we do. To embellish this blog I will refer to some of the brilliant people that have chosen to work in this field, because ...

Stirring the emotions with Stanislavsky

Stanislavsky's life's work focused on how to portray truth through theatre, and also saw theatre as a powerful means of influence on people's emotions. His goal was to find control over the phenomenon of inspiration when an actor in a state that is natural and spontaneous, as in real life. He believed that when the actor is in such a state he/she has the greatest possibility for influencing his audience and stirring their emotions (Monk, Fawcett, 1964, p75). This post ...