Community Connection 2 – 3 April 2020

I can’t believe it is a week since the first episode of Community Connection.  Thanks to everyone who posted a comment – would like to hear from lots more of you sharing what you are up to.  Did anyone take a look at The Show Must Go OnLine?

Who watched One Man Two Guvnors last night?  I had seen this at the Theatre Royal some time ago (not with James Corden) and thoroughly enjoyed it and I wasn’t disappointed with an encore!  This stylistic production was interesting from the non-naturalistic acting to the cartoon like sets.  There was so much physical comedy and it really brought home how much energy you need for this style of performance – exactly what you need for a good pantomime!  What did anyone else think?  It’s still available to watch on YouTube so get the popcorn out and settle down for some top class entertainment.   Then take a couple of minutes to share your thoughts with others by adding a comment to this blog so that everyone can see it.

Here’s the official trailer for next week’s show, Jane Eyre.  I am so looking forward to this because I was away when the touring version came to Glasgow and I am really interested in the design of this Director’s interpretation.

So, what do I have up my sleeve this week?  I have started to divide my online searches into different categories and this week there are some announcements, a focus on youth as well as an eclectic mix of other things you may want to take a look at.

Firstly let’s start with the disappointing, although not unexpected, news that both the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Festival have been cancelled.  I heard someone on the radio talk about this being the equivalent to the World Cup for artists and performers.  This will have a big impact on our Edinburgh clubs who count the Festival as one of their most important events of the year.  Many of them play such an important role in ensuring that the rest of the world gets access to top quality Scots drama.  Here are links to the announcements

Edinburgh Fringe Festival click here

Edinburgh International Festival click here

Moving on to some good news, I have found a few things that may be of interest to youth groups.  Please share them with your members (better still get them to read this blog and access the links through here) – even if you are not a youth group you may have members with children or grandchildren.

First up, Scottish Youth Theatre have announced a national digital artistic programme.  Some of the elements require submissions to be made quite soon so you need to circulate these as widely as possible straightaway.  More information can be found here

Company Three, a youth theatre group based in North London, have launched an interesting online project called Time Capsule which young people from around the globe can take part in.  You can find the link here

I’ve discovered something new this week which I am really impressed with.  The Kings Head Theatre, the first pub theatre in London, is sharing a free 30-minute live interactive broadcast at 1 pm each week day.  The daily sessions cover a variety of subjects from Playreading to Ask Me Anything.  If you miss the live slots or the timing doesn’t suit you, you can access the recorded sessions on the website.  I highly recommend their Book Club sessions but to be honest I have dipped into a few different ones and there is something for everyone.  This is the first time I have looked at this venue but the speed with which they have introduced this programme and the value they appear to place on their staff makes me want to keep connected.  I would love to hear from anyone else who has seen anything or knows anything about this company? Here’s the link 

If you’re asking yourself how I find the things I am posting, some of it is trawling through websites and Facebook but I also subscribe to a few online newsletters and I recommend these two as a starting point.  For youth news you should sign up here to the Youth Theatre Arts (YTAS) newsletter.  Up to the minute news on opportunities to inspire young people and also links to  funding.

I also recommend Voluntary Arts who we have had a long relationship with. I have just joined their Creative Network which is open to anyone.  They have a daily coffee meeting from 9.30 – 10.30 (which I only discovered today after 10.30 so that’s one for next week).  Opportunities to link to other community arts – not only drama – and lots of good ideas for your club and also individuals.  Scroll down to the bottom of their page to sign up here 

For this weeks research I am going to focus skills based learning.  You can already find links to some interesting resources in the Links section of this website. I am looking for more in the areas of Acting and Directing.  There is a lot out there but I want to make sure that they are good quality before bringing them to your attention.  Our Chair is also looking for some more production focused ones so look out for those over the coming weeks. 

I started this week by thinking about the most common things that members ask me when it comes to skills.  I think the number one is ‘How to learn lines?’  I found this short technique on YouTube which I wanted to share with you.  I haven’t tried it myself yet but I think it could work.  Have a go yourself and let me know.  Click here

I wanted to finish this week with something a bit quirky.  Some of you may have seen this on Facebook but for those who haven’t, there is a growing trend for people to recreate famous paintings at home with some hilarious results – take a look here

That’s all from me this week folks.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected, Be Creative.



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