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The stars with Down’s syndrome lighting up our screens: ‘People are talking about us instead of hiding us away’

From Line of Duty to Mare of Easttown, a new generation of performers are breaking through. Meet the actors, models and presenters leading a revolution in representationIn the middle of last winter’s lockdown, while still adjusting to the news of their newborn son’s Down’s syndrome diagnosis, Matt and Charlotte Court spotted a casting ad from BBC Drama. It called for a baby to star in a Call the Midwife episode depicting the surprising yet joyful arrival of a child with Down’s syndrome in 60s Lo...
Tags: Health, Fashion, London, Television, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Society, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Models, Stage, Broadway, Down's Syndrome, West End

Current Events: Diversity in Theatre Lesson

The following lesson was created for students to discover, appreciate, and display respect for diverse, real-life issues and events in the theatre world. It can be done live in class, assigned as homework, or as part of distance learning. You may wish for students to submit this as a written assignment or create an oral […]
Tags: Theatre, Diversity, Lesson, Current Events, Teaching Drama

Stephen Sondheim: a daring and dazzling musical theatre icon

The American composer and lyricist, who has died aged 91, shaped the musical artform with his wise, witty and extravagantly clever workStephen Sondheim achieved such acclaim – for deepening the content and extending the lyrical ingenuity of musical theatre – that, from the age of 50, each major birthday was celebrated with tribute concerts in London, New York or both.Watching the composer-lyricist of Sweeney Todd and Follies at such events – taking a bow, with his wry smile – it was impossible n...
Tags: Into The Woods, Musicals, Theatre, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Broadway, West End, Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, London New York, West Side Story, Cole Porter Irving Berlin George, Oscar Hammerstein Continue

Stephen Sondheim: master craftsman who reinvented the musical dies aged 91

Scoring his first big hit with West Side Story at 27, the US composer and lyricist raised the art form’s status with moving and funny masterpieces including Follies and CompanyStephen Sondheim, the master craftsman of the American musical, has died at the age of 91.Over the course of a celebrated career spanning more than 60 years, Sondheim co-created Broadway theatre classics such as West Side Story, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd and Into the Woods, all of which also became hit movies. His intricate and ...
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, US, UK News, World news, US news, Culture, Stephen Sondheim, Stage, Broadway, Sondheim, Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Georges Seurat

Using Medieval Mystery Plays To Revive The Cornish Language

This year was the third full production in modern times of the Ordinalia, a cycle of three 14th-century mystery plays originally written in the Celtic language once native to the far southwest of England. – Atlas Obscura
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Study: Disparities In The Ways Theatres Are Funded

“Almost no theatre of color has a budget over $3 million. Until we reach $5 million, we don’t get access to commission funding or new-work development support. To funders, budget size conveys quality, excellence, and ability to deliver. There’s an inherent bias in providing organizations like us support.” – American Theatre
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Theatre Norms: Always Changing

The 19th century brought about the popularization of the proscenium arch: an architectural feature that effectively separates the audience from the actors on stage. Alongside this structural shift, a change in lighting also reinforced the separation between audience and performers. – The Conversation
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Turned Jonathan Larson’s Solo Show Into A Filmed Rock Opera

It’s not a direct adaptation: “Miranda and his co-writer Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen) have added music from Larson’s other shows, tweaked some of the character arcs and even removed an entire subplot about Twinkies.” – BBC
Tags: Art, Theatre, Miranda, Jonathan Larson, Lin Manuel Miranda, Larson, Steven Levenson Dear Evan Hansen

‘Roger Moore collapsed one night. I thought he’d died’: how we made The Play What I Wrote

‘Ralph Fiennes strode into the dressing room and said he loved the show – we booked him there and then. The whole thing was very kick-bollocks-scramble’Sean Foley, co-writer and performerIt was all [producer] David Pugh’s fault. In 1988 I’d set up a small two-person theatre company, The Right Size, with Hamish McColl, creating work that was somewhere between European physical theatre and British variety. We’d had some success; one of our shows had transferred to the West End. One day in 2001, Da...
Tags: Theatre, David, Culture, Stage, Ralph Fiennes, Morecambe and Wise, Roger Moore, Morecambe, Foley, Toby Jones, Hamish McColl, David Pugh

Alan Cumming and Forbes Masson: ‘People say double acts are like marriage without the sex’

The actors recreate their Victor & Barry comedy duo – and recall their unique creative sparkAlan Cumming and Forbes Masson met at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1982. Together, they created Victor & Barry, a double act who became legends of the Scottish comedy scene. They went on to present several TV shows, and starred in the BBC sitcom The High Life, as two narcissistic air stewards. Appearing in series such as Catastrophe and EastEnders, Masson has since become a celeb...
Tags: Comedy, Television, Film, Theatre, Life and style, Bbc, Culture, Television & radio, Stage, Broadway, Glasgow, Alan Cumming, Macbeth, Goldeneye, Tony, CUMMING

Lin-Manuel Miranda: ‘Doing Hamilton every night saved me. It kept my head from getting off the swivel’

When his Broadway show became a global phenomenon, the rigours of daily performance kept the actor and songwriter grounded. Then Disney and Hollywood came calling. Now, the ‘musical theatre fanboy’ has returned to his first loveAbout halfway through Tick, Tick ... Boom!, the new movie directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the patrons of a diner in 90s New York all turn to the camera and sing. The movie, Miranda’s directorial debut, is based on the autobiographical stage show of the same name by Jonath...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Musicals, Film, Theatre, Disney, America, Culture, Stage, Bernadette Peters, Broadway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Andrew Garfield, Miranda, Hamilton, Moana

Improv Game: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Cues

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt like something was off? It might have been because the person you were speaking to was using body language that didn’t match what they were saying. Sometimes someone’s verbal cues (what they’re saying) don’t match their nonverbal cues (what their body is doing — posture, […]
Tags: Theatre, Cues, Theatre Games, Improv, Teaching Drama

Cary Grant, Aldous Huxley, And Clare Boothe Luce Dropping Acid Together: The Musical (We’re Not Making This Up)

Yes, the actor, the writer, and the playwright/politician/doyenne all experimented with LSD in the 1950s, when it was legal. They never did it together, though — that was the idea of writer-director James Lapine, who’s rather familiar with hallucinogens himself. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, James Lapine, Clare Boothe Luce, Cary Grant Aldous Huxley

Dramatical Cats

Earlier this month, I published yet another book! I've been more than usually prolific as a writer since the Great Pandemic started. I mean, what else have I had to do? So my output may slow down, now that I'm actually making theatre again!Although, full disclosure, I do have six or seven ideas for books I'd like to write, and four ideas for shows I'd like to write. I wish I could write faster.The awesome Ted Chapin at the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization recently said to me in an email, "You...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Musicals, Youtube, Theatre, US, New York Times, Performing Arts, Stage, Broadway, Theater, British, St Louis, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hamilton, Chris

Zadie Smith Never Meant To Write A Play. A Press Release Made Her Do It.

First of all, when her neighborhood submitted a bid to be London’s Borough of Culture, she agreed to participate, thinking it wouldn’t win. Then it did. So she had to come up with an idea. And she did — whereupon something entirely different (a play) was announced. – BBC
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Zadie Smith

Theatre That Breaks Pre-Pandemic Rules

It’s a musical experiment that questions the long-accepted rules of theatermaking and theatergoing, established and upheld before the pandemic. For example, a percentage of the masked audience traverses a dance floor, because why must they all be seated? – Los Angeles Times
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Does Method Acting Have A Future In The 21st Century?

The Method’s two main teachers in America, Stella Adler and Sanford Meisner, said in 1979 that they doubted it would outlive them. Well, it’s still here. Neighborhood Playhouse School director Pamela Kareman and Stella Adler Studio president Tom Oppenheim talk about the Method’s present and future. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, America, Stella Adler, Tom Oppenheim, Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler Studio, Neighborhood Playhouse School, Pamela Kareman

A Political Consultant Turns The Story Of His Downfall Into An Autofiction Musical

Hank Morris was a serious player until then-New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo prosecuted him. His new show, A Turtle on a Fence Post, “is not journalism. It’s … easier to swallow, because the audience is given clear permission to leave believing whatever they want.” – Columbia Journalism Review
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Andrew Cuomo, Hank Morris

As People Continue To Work From Home, Will Weeknight Performances Remain Feasible?

Fewer people than back in The Time Before will be able to swing by the theater or concert hall after leaving the office. Will they come in from home? In no American city does the question loom larger than in San Francisco. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Featured, Theatre, San Francisco, Audience, Time Before

La Mama Theatre Rises From The (Literal) Ashes

No, La MaMa in New York didn’t burn down. But La Mama in Melbourne did. Founded in 1969 and an important venue for developing new Australian plays, La Mama was destroyed by fire in 2018, just short of its 50th anniversary. Here’s how it got rebuilt. – ArtsHub (Australia)
Tags: Art, New York, Theatre, Melbourne

Woman Interrupts Guthrie Performance With Half Hour Racist Rant

Patrons attending A Christmas Carol were seated and ready for the 7:30 p.m. showtime when a woman began screaming in the crowd. According to social media posts from witnesses, the woman ranted for upwards of 30 minutes. – Bring Me The News
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The (Re)Rise Of The Movie Musical

Charles McNulty: “A musical must establish its own aesthetic logic without apology to rational etiquette. We may think we’re living in a purely realistic drama but our inner lives are belting à la Ethel Merman.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Los Angeles, Ethel Merman, Charles McNulty

In Paris, Black Theatre Directors Forge Their Own Paths

French theatre is massively lacking in diversity, so “Le Mois Kréyol, which was created in 2017 by the Caribbean-born choreographer Chantal Loïal, also celebrates French Blackness — and is a reminder of what the country’s mainstream theater is missing.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Theatre, Paris, Caribbean, Le Mois Kréyol, Chantal Loïal

Theatrefolk Featured Play – Split by Bradley Hayward

Welcome to our Featured Play Spotlight. Split by Bradley Hayward is an emotional, theatrical, ensemble-driven play that your student performers are sure to love. Children of divorce are united through humor in this honest and theatrical look at the day to day reality of growing up in a family that’s been torn apart. As these […]
Tags: Character Study, Theatre, Production, Acting, Split, Dramedy, School Plays, Theatrefolk plays, Issue-based, Bradley Hayward

Hearing or Listening?

Hearing is a passive, physical act of using the ears to perceive sounds. You can hear without understanding or acknowledging the sounds. Listening, conversely, is an active, internal behaviour, which requires multiple senses and thought. In order to truly listen, you have to pay attention to what the other person is saying. You may have […]
Tags: Theatre, Hearing, Listening, Active Listening, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama

In A Time Of Crisis And Pestilence, Vaudeville As Social Critique

Not, in this case, the early-20th-century American genre of variety show. This is 19th-century Parisian vaudeville: popular boulevard comedies depicting simply drawn characters from the bourgeoisie — and sometimes including sharp social satire, as during the cholera outbreak of 1832. – The Public Domain Review
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Zadie Smith’s First Play Hits The Stage, Retelling A Canterbury Tale

The Wife of Willesden is an update to Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” transferring the setting from a carriage carrying pilgrims to Canterbury to a group of 21st-century characters doing a pub crawl through the northwest London neighborhood where Smith grew up. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, London, Theatre, Smith, Canterbury, Zadie Smith, Willesden, Chaucer

Quebec Court Upholds Fines On Theatres That Portray Smoking Onstage (Even With Prop Cigarettes)

The theatres challenged the fines, claiming it violated their freedom of expression. They argued Quebec’s ban on indoor smoking goes too far, because it forbids actors from smoking even prop cigarettes onstage. – Toronto Star
Tags: Art, Featured, Theatre, Quebec, Quebec Court

The Original True-Crime Dramas Were In Elizabethan Theatres

“More than four centuries ago a series of plays closely based on real murder cases appeared on the London stage. Their literary quality is variable – they tend to melodrama and moralising, indeed to misogyny – but some are written with real skill and bite.” – London Review of Books
Tags: Art, London, Theatre

As Broadway Reopens, Who Is Broadway For?

Representation absolutely matters. But ever since Broadway announced that so many Black plays would reopen its season, there has been a feeling of dread that if these plays don’t do well, there may not be opportunities for future artists. That pressure is unfair. – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Featured, Theatre, Broadway