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Espionage, poisonings, a hero police officer and fraught diplomacy – even a bumbling fool – could all be part of a Shakespearean play, but unfortunately are apparently all too real. How the world hasn’t changed in 400 years! Let us all hope that sense and diplomacy win in this particular ‘play’.

The campaign to resist cuts to arts subjects in schools found a new ally this week, with Sir Lenny Henry speaking out against cuts at the launch of the National Theatre’s ‘Let’s Play’ initiative. “I’m learning there have been massive cuts in teaching the arts in schools and it is cutting off your nose to spite your face. If you are not teaching children how to be creative and curious, what are you preparing them for? You are not preparing them for the outside world,” said Henry. As long-time advocates for the teaching of arts in all schools, Ink Pellet welcomes the support from the likes of Henry and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber lending their voices and support – let us hope the government starts to listen!

In this varied update, the Big Interview is with Garry Robson, proving that it is possible to have a long career in the performing arts whilst overcoming disability and indeed that by making theatre more inclusive can enhance the production.

We take a look at three different colleges providing performing arts training – from Arts1 in Milton Keynes, already boasting an enviable record for its graduates – to the IAB near Barcelona, offering training in an international environment and feature the new Creative Producing degree course being introduced at East 15 for those looking for a career ‘behind the scenes’.

In our latest regional feature, we focus on the rejuvenation of the Square Chapel arts centre in Halifax and its determination to engage with local schools and become the cultural heart of its community, whilst we also look at the excellent outreach work of the Royal Court’s Young Court.

In Pause for Thought piece, Susan Elkin challenges you to encourage your students to embrace reading, for pleasure and to benefit their studies across the curriculum. Your thoughts?

John

Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play

Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play  

The National Theatre’s major new initiative supporting the development of drama and theatre in primary schools across the country. Developed by professional theatre artists alongside teachers and senior leaders from primary schools across the country, Let’s Play is an ambitious creative learning programme designed to transform creativity and theatre-making in schools.  Using a programme of Continued Professional Development […]

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Garry Robson during rehearsals for Our Country’s Good

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Garry Robson during rehearsals for Our Country’s Good  

Proving disability and deafness can be incorporated into mainstream theatre, Susan Elkin met up with Garry Robson during rehearsals for Our Country’s Good

Creative Producing

Creative Producing  

Kevin Wyatt-Lown, Head of Marketing at East 15, outlines their new degree course in Creative Producing, aiming to train individuals in theatre making from behind the scenes.

Raising the Roof

Raising the Roof  

In 1988, the Square Chapel in Halifax was a shell of a building. Damaged and seemingly beyond repair, demolition seemed the only option. It was to be saved however by a passionate group of residents who believed strongly in the arts and its importance to the local area. Today the Square Chapel is a wonderful arts centre and as Mark Glover finds out, the spirit that brought the building back to life is evident in its staff, visitors and community

Introducing the Unique

Introducing the Unique  

Institute of the Arts, Barcelona, (IAB), is Europe’s most dynamic international performing arts higher education institution. Founded in 2013 by producer Mark Lethem and performing arts academic Giles Auckland-Lewis, the IAB is based in the cosmopolitan town of Sitges, near Barcelona.

Much Ado About Now

Much Ado About Now  

Susan Elkin chats to Michael Oakley, director of the current Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Young Court and Cuttin’ It

Young Court and Cuttin’ It  

Part of the Royal Court’s outreach programme, Susan Elkin finds out about Young Court and the recent schools’ tour of challenging play Cuttin’ It

EXHIBITION: Art for Schools

EXHIBITION: Art for Schools  

There’s art out there, just waiting for you, ready to inspire your pupils and instigate cross-curricular learning. Graham Hooper discoveres a treasure trove of resources – both old and new – and hopes you will take up this fabulous opportunity.

Arts1, achievements too

Arts1, achievements too  

Susan Elkin visits a new performing arts school in Buckinghamshire enjoying considerable success with its first cohort of graduates.

THEATRE REVIEW: The Band – Marlowe Theatre

THEATRE REVIEW: The Band – Marlowe Theatre  

O..M..G.. after all the television coverage of the selection process with BBC One’s ‘Let It Shine’ to find the five members of a band to appear in a live show featuring the songs of Take That, I was not expecting to see what I saw at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury. What we heard was what was expected; a veritable treat of melodies, harmonies and hit singles expertly performed by the new group […]