The arts magazine for teachers

As we all settle into the new term, hopefully still with renewed vigour for the year ahead, we do so against a continuing background of uncertainty, division and protest. Disruptive to us all as this may be, especially if you have students joining the Friday climate strikes, there is one tangible benefit of this unrest – the inspiration it gives to writers and artists to create new work. Just take a look at some of the new plays being performed at theatres such as the Royal Court and around the country.

One such production is Youthquake (p14), touring the UK from next month and harnessing the thoughts, opinions, hopes and concerns of Generation-Z ‘Teen Britain’, with local performers contributing at each venue.

I am pleased to reiterate that Ink Pellet remains the only magazine for teachers covering all of the arts – performance, written and visual – and in this issue you’ll find features across the arts spectrum; including interviews with the enigmatic West End Producer, with the new Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell and the National Youth Theatre’s CEO Paul Roseby, along with an insight into the training offered at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama and of the new LAMDA syllabi.

Also in this issue, we take a look at the fabulous educational benefits offered by Disney’s The Lion King – celebrating its 20th anniversary in London and embarking on a UK tour – and those offered by film, through the Into Film festival this autumn. Incorporating science with visual art, our exhibition review covers two exciting shows currently at Tate Modern.

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Susan Elkin for her input into IP, especially as she has continued to work throughout a personally traumatic summer.

John

Dear in the spotlight

Dear in the spotlight  

Producer, social commentator, author and now performer, Susan Elkin met the West End Producer to chat about his alter ego and recent successful Edinburgh run.

Training Central

Training Central  

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is the UK’s largest drama school and has more than eleven hundred full time students. Susan Elkin provides an insight.

Reading Charter

 

Susan Elkin chatted to Cressida Cowell, new Children’s Laureate, about her journey and aspirations for her tenure.

Youthquake

Youthquake  

This Autumn, Zest Theatre’s Youthquake, described as part show, part TED Talk and part party will be staged in 12 venues nationwide. The devised play, inspired by young people across the UK, is Artistic Director Toby Ealden’s most ambitious project yet and gives a powerful insight into the hidden lives and minds of Teen Britain. Here we catch up with director Toby Ealden to find out more.

LAMDA Examinations

LAMDA Examinations  

Ensuring they remain as relevant as ever, LAMDA have introduced new syllabi for Communication, Performance, Group and Introductory. Susan Elkin spoke to LAMDA to find out more.

Into Film Festival

Into Film Festival  

Now in its 7th year, the Into Film Festival returns this autumn bigger and bolder than ever, with free screenings and special events.

The Lion King

The Lion King  

As Disney’s The Lion King celebrates its 20th anniversary in London, we look at the education opportunities available with Nancy Shakerley, Education and Outreach Manager at Disney Theatrical Productions

Modern Attractions

Modern Attractions  

Taking in two current shows at the Tate Modern, our exhibition correspondent Graham Hooper was moved by the forces at work.

The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre

The Worst Witch – Vaudeville Theatre  

Transferred from Royal and Derngate Northampton, which produced it last year, to the Vaudeville for a short West End summer run The Worst Witch is humane, funny and beautifully staged.

The Collected Peter Pan

The Collected Peter Pan  

The Collected Peter Pan By JM Barrie, Edited by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst Published by OUP