Theatre in Relationships

One of the fundamental insights that emerges from a “CorporateTheatre” workshop is that true and fulfilling relationships are possible only between ‘Actors’ and not between ‘Characters’.

As characters we take on rigid patterns of behaviour, hierarchy, and conflict – King, Slave, Assassin, Victim, Oppressor, Oppressed, Deceiver, Deceived, etc. Even so, while the hierarchy and conflict of the characters are essential to the play and deeply respected, there is no hierarchy or confrontation at the level of the actor. Each actor is doing their best to make every other actor’s performance also effective and convincing. The play is a typical example of collective success, when the audience gets up and gives you a standing ovation.

This has great significance in our life’s relationships too.  Read More…

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MOTIVATION – “Find it within yourself” – A Theatre Lesson

As a theatre actor since 1968, I have worked with several groups.  For over 15 years how I have been working mainly with a challenging and experimental group, led by an extremely demanding maverick director who can be brutal with his feedback and criticism, harsh, and even crude.  Even so, actors who have worked with him once stick on and do not find working with other directors as exciting.  The reason for this loyalty is that with each play, in fact even between shows he can push you beyond all your comfort zones, beyond all you thought was possible.  At the end of all the shouting, screaming, and tantrums, the group celebrates that they have grown and evolved and there is a sense of gratitude to each other and to the maverick.

He taught me one of the most important lessons I have learned as an actor and as a human being. Read More…

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Collective Ownership – The Theatre Paradigm

(Excerpts from a response to a client brief)
Taking Ownership – A play happens when many skill-sets, functions, perspectives, and expertise come together.  There are Actors, the Director, Music composer, the Light and Read More…
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