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Published: March 25th, 2021 by theatretrain

You Can’t play mad, sad bad or glad!

I was always told that you couldn’t play mad, sad, bad or glad because they are not characters, they are states that people can be in from time to time.   If you play a character as sad it’s one-dimensional. That’s dull to watch – a bit like playing just one note on the piano […]

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Getting your Mo and Jo back together
Published: March 18th, 2021 by theatretrain

Getting your Mo and Jo back together

We have a great creative team at Theatretrain. Our Graphic Designer Mark runs a centre in Maldon, Essex and parent said to him “I hope the centre can open up soon – he needs to get his mojo back.” What a wonderful expression. That simple phrase says what most of the country feels. We’veall been […]

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Rugby v the Performing Arts
Published: March 11th, 2021 by theatretrain

Rugby v the Performing Arts

I’m a big rugby fan – especially the internationals. I think most of us go tribal from time to time. You might think rugby has nothing to do with the performing arts but I beg to differ.   A rugby match has a playing time of 80 minutes and a break at half time. It’s played on a pitch by thirty […]

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Giant Oak
Published: March 4th, 2021 by theatretrain

Giant Oak

Last autumn I picked up an acorn from the local green. It went into an old jam jar with some kitchen roll and a touch of Miracle Grow. As spectacular as ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ it started to grow within a few days. The roots it sent out were amazing and before long there was […]

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Overthinking
Published: February 25th, 2021 by theatretrain

Overthinking

Have you ever met a life complicator? Someone who takes something fairly straight forward and makes it massively more detailed than it needs to be. You know the type – you introduce an idea or a new concept and they want to know every little thing and how X fits with Y and then asks “Why […]

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