It’s a tired old cliché in the world of performing arts schools but like all clichés there’s an element of truth.
It’s shocking when the world we know is suddenly changed before our eyes. We find ourselves in another place of cliché – being outside our comfort zone.
As artistic people we are however equipped to deal with change. There is a constant state of renewal when we make new productions. And we move on quickly as that is how the artistic andtheatre world works. When one show is over, we start work immediately on the next one and it’s going to be even better.
I predict the situation will bring out the best and the worst of people. Everyone will be challenged and changed by it in some way.
At Theatretrain we must operate in a positive way. We carry on but in new ways and sometimes we may find ourselves making it up as we go along. Arts and sport may be temporarily missing in the wider world but there’s no reason why thinking, planning and training can’t continue. Our theatre school system is a perfect place to see the world in a new way and explore our hopes, dreams, fears and nightmares in an imaginary space. We have no way of knowing what will happen in the future but we can still investigate and experiment with what we do. Every crisis throws up opportunities and that even applies to classes in dancing, acting and singing.
I hope as a world community we take time to think about what we are doing to the planet and how our place in it affects others. What is the point of it all? How could it be better? These are big questions and young people and their teachers be involved in that process. I always remember the story in Peter Brook’s theatre book “The Empty Space.” Thousands of years ago in the Aztec tribes of South America many thousands of slaves were killed dragging huge boulders up the mountainsides. One day a leader came down and saw children playing. They were rolling stones on twigs. He thought for a while and then commanded trees to be cut down and branches removed. They had found a solution that saved thousands of lives by looking at the play of children.
Our nationwide performing arts schools, teaching young people skills in singing, acting and dancing can provide your child with a weekend activity that encourages confidence, friendship, communication skills and so much more. If you would like to find out more about our theatre schools or your child has shown an interest in attending drama, dance and singing classes then visit our website www.theatretrain.co.uk