We need imagination, empathy and invention…
… to create our worlds well and for the future.
Which means imagination, empathy and invention must be stimulated and encouraged, especially in children. Performance is one of the greatest ways to do this, with arts in general incredibly strong here.
Changes to school curricula, cuts re. arts and libraries, and opinions that restrict the value given to certain aspects of performance / expression are truly worrying, completely opposing important understandings addressed here:
Lyn Gardner on the value of children’s theatre -http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2013/oct/23/why-childrens-theatre-matters
Neil Gaiman on the power of reading - http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/oct/15/neil-gaiman-future-libraries-reading-daydreaming
Agree, or disagree – fully or partially – what do you think?
Because we really need to have a decent sense of our own value, folks!
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“Critics of state investment in the arts often say it’s a choice between the arts and hospital beds. In fact the opposite is true – the arts pay for those hospital beds.”
Playwright Fin Kennedy, following a meeting with Culture Minister Ed Vaizey, has created a fantastic campaign for collating information about how new writing and theatre is being hit by cuts – which Vaizey and others say they will read.
The link takes you to an excellent interview – below I give just a few gems - please do read, support and pass this on!
Challenge Vaizey: An Interview with Fin Kennedy « The Oxford Culture Review
- Fin Kennedy
“As Albert Einstein put it: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.””
“Creativity and the capacity to innovate are really at the core of any healthy society and economy, and indeed could arguably be said to be one of the core elements of the human condition.”
“Nurturing creativity in the young is like installing the software on which all the other information they are absorbing will run. … Will studying GCSE Drama get a child a job as an actor? Probably not. Will it give them the skills to shine in any job interview which comes their way? Almost certainly.”
“VAT receipts on West End box office sales alone outstrip state investment in theatre – nationwide.”
“The art form will stagnate if new voices can’t make it through.”
Spread the word!
Some sound advice, echoing much I have come across elsewhere (online and in person)…
The Secret About Demo Reels That Nobody Told You
An excellent approach to your life / career – whatever that might involve – from casting director Lana Veenker of Cast Iron Studios…
The Secret to Guaranteed Success
This article is on http://www.backstage.com – you can sign up for newsletters that link to such advice for free, and there are also castings mentioned (for US).
Earl Nightingale, a motivational speaker and radio show host, was known as ‘The Dean of Personal Development’.
Some sound questions here – what are your answers?
Are You Committed to an Acting Career?
This is a very important call to theatre-makers of all kinds, one which will be gaining coverage from Lyn Gardner and which someone else (Fin Kennedy) is prepared to do a lot of work for, so…
Spread the word!
Fin Kennedy: Calling all Theatre-Makers! An extraordinary challenge from Culture Minister Ed Vaizey
Here’s talk about gender-blind casting (characters can be played by male or female performers, regardless of their original gender) and of a 50/50 split on casting re. gender (half of each cast should be women, as opposed to the predominantly male casting that is current)…
Women in the theatre: what next after Julius Caesar? | The Shakespeare blog
What do you think?
From casting director Amy Jo Berman, former Vice President of Casting at HBO…
26 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Part
Fun thoughts, great to remember – and this image may make a wee bit of sense once you’ve read the article.