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Working the Audience
Published: July 22nd, 2021 by theatretrain

Working the Audience

There’s a TV programme that I’m sure you have seen called The Voice. The hosts sit in elaborate red seats that face away from the singers. If they like what they hear they press a button and their chair revolves to face the singer. It shows they are interested in them. I mention all this […]

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What’s It All About
Published: July 15th, 2021 by theatretrain

What’s It All About

We’re on a journey – A journey of discovery To find new horizons, new places, new friends The journey is hard but the effort is worth it And what’s more exciting – this journey never ends. A couple of weeks ago I was singing the praises of our Musical Director – Robert Hyman. I could […]

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The Day I Was Part Of History
Published: July 8th, 2021 by theatretrain

The Day I Was Part Of History

For over 30 years I have been sharing and making theatre between Theatretrain and the Czech Republic. I didn’t know it on my first visit but I was destined to play a tiny part in Czech history. “We drove there in a school bus and van and had to pass through the Iron Curtain – […]

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Building a Dream
Published: July 1st, 2021 by theatretrain

Building a Dream

When I set up Theatretrain in 1992 I had two ambitious aims. The first was to create professional classes leading to exciting performance opportunities. The second was to build a children and young people’s theatre with a difference.  “Sadly, the theatre was closed when the Inner London Education Authority was disbanded by Margaret Thatcher.” I […]

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Where to Perform
Published: June 24th, 2021 by theatretrain

Where to Perform

When I was training as a drama teacher the leader of our course proposed a different way to make a performance. He wanted us to put the audience on the stage and make the performance on the floor of the hall. At the time I thought this was revolutionary but quickly realised it was a […]

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