The arts magazine for teachers

Inspiring the future generation is intrinsic to everyone in teaching and immersion in the arts – in whatever form – is an ideal opportunity to develop a passion for creativity. We’ve recently  celebrated the Oscar win of Olivia Coleman, who’s career spans credits from ‘Fleabag’ and ‘Skins’ to ‘Broadchurch’ and, of course, ‘The Favourite’. Hopefully she will inspire more young actors to follow their passion to become Oscar winners of the future.

Almost as glamorous a ceremony, the annual Into Film Awards celebrates the amazing work of young film makers across the UK – including politically minded films about foodbanks and the declining mining industry, to powerful fables about online safety and mental wellbeing; the quality and impact of the winning films cannot be overstated. The future of film making in this country is surely in good hands, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that behind these young creatives are inspiring teachers able to guide and support them on their journey. Several of theses teachers were also recognised at the Awards ceremony and we’ll have a feature in the next issue looking at the various winners.

The Big Interview in the March issue is with Daniel Evans, award-winning actor now artistic director at Chichester Festival Theatre, and we drop in for a coffee and chat with Dr James Lovelock, course leader at the University of Wolverhampton.

Inspiring your students to take the next step may include taking a Foundation Course and we look at some of the options available (p10), plus we feature the ground-breaking scientific study of dance at Trinity Laban (p14). Do also read about the dynamic Sarah Pavlovs of Starbuck Theatre (p12), as she juggles life as an actor and running a youth theatre, inspiring others!

Our exhibition preview this issue is a look at the ‘Life in Drawing’ of Leonardo ds Vinci, as his works in the Royal Collection are displayed around the country (p20) and the ‘Pause for Thought’ piece (p18) promotes you to practice what you teach, as further inspiration to your cohort!

As ever, we welcome your views and suggestions.

John

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Beyond the Cart

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Beyond the Cart  

Having ‘retired’ from running their hugely successful company, Oily Cart, Susan Elkin caught up with Tim Webb and Dave Bennett to find out what the future now holds in store.

Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse

Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse  

Susan Elkin chats to Amy Leach, associate director, about the casting of a female lead and ensuring a contemporary production.

Relaxed Ballet

Relaxed Ballet  

Birmingham Royal Ballet will be offering its second relaxed performances in early 2019 – a specially adapted production of Beauty and the Beast at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Birmingham Hippodrome. Here, dancer Jonathan Payn describes his involvement in the planning of this special production. Please introduce yourself for us: I’m Jonathan Payn, First Soloist […]

Nurturing Young Talent

Nurturing Young Talent  

The Lyric Hammersmith has extended its education outreach work. Susan Elkin went along to find out more.

Proudly Different

Proudly Different  

Musical Theatre Academy, long since rebranded as TheMTA, is a tiny vocational drama college whose working methods, influence and achievements are out of all proportion to its size. Susan Elkin went to find out how.

EXHIBITION: Razzle Dazzle ‘Em

EXHIBITION: Razzle Dazzle ‘Em  

Graham Hooper takes in a couple of shows looking at the art of distortion and its very practical application

Pause for thought… Christian Knowledge

Pause for thought… Christian Knowledge  

Susan Elkin puts forward the case for Christian knowledge as an intrinsic part of English lessons

TheatreCraft

TheatreCraft  

Susan Elkin visited TheatreCraft 2018, offering great advice to students looking for careers in the creative industries.

Book Review: Being a Playwright – A Career Guide for Writers

Book Review: Being a Playwright – A Career Guide for Writers  

By Chris Foxon & George Turvey Published by Nick Hern Books Iwas delighted when this how-to book landed on my desk. I’m a writer (over 100,000 words a year). I go to the theatre to review several times a week. I’ve long thought I should somehow knit the strands of my life together and write […]

THEATRE REVIEW : Macbeth – National Youth Theatre 2018 Rep Company

THEATRE REVIEW : Macbeth – National Youth Theatre 2018 Rep Company  

The National Youth Theatre Rep Company is a vocational training group of 15 or 16 actors aged 18-25 who present a West End season at the end of their quasi-course. It’s the top tier of NYT’s work. Most participants go straight on to professional work. Abridged to 90 interval-less minutes by Moira Buffini and pithily […]