World Theatre in the Shadows

The last few weeks I have been researching theatre traditions and theatre companies that use SHADOWS in their performances. For this blog I thought it would be good to share them with you so that you can see the amazing range of ways that light and darkness can be used with objects, bodies and film in performance. You can use these as starting points for devising, ways into world theatre traditions or as ideas for performance and production. I hope ...

‘He’s Behind You’: Working Backstage at a Pantomime

If you find yourselves in the UK during the Christmas season then it is pretty much impossible to ignore the Pantomimes (called affectionately Pantos by the locals) that are on at pretty much every theatre about. These are done by community groups, schools and professionals alike and are all about family fun, a good afternoon or evening out for the whole family and lots of laughs (at terrible jokes). The laughs come from the silly jokes, visual comedy, sexual innuendos ...

A new playwright

When working in the theatre or studying theatre as a student we tend to stick to the familiar. There will be a range of realist plays, some absurdism and then there will be the odd world theatre text used, something ranging from Greek to Noh or Bunraku. What I am sure some of us do not do is look at our local community and see what is happening now in the arts. This blog will focus on a playwright that ...

Audience Participation

This winter break I have been back in the UK, and have had the pleasure of seeing pantomime, being involved in performance art and attending workshops on physical theatre. While I was in the UK I thought at lot about how theatre is changing for the audience. This blog will focus on some experiences I have had recently that have shifted the goal posts of what audiences can now expect, and how they are involved and inspired. In Pantomine it is ...