Theatre

Why Are Scary Clowns Stalking Around Britain and France?

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“From city to city, people dressed up like circus escapees have been roaming the streets, getting into mischief, and generally scaring the bejeesus out of passers-by. Apart from young children and acute coulrophobics, the spooky-clown epidemic has been taken more or less in a spirit of fun. Until last week, that is.”

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London Theatre Critic Loses Unfair Dismissal Case

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“Mark Shenton, former theatre critic of the Sunday Express, has lost his employment tribunal against the paper for unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination.” The panel ruled that Shenton was, under UK employment law, a freelancer rather than an employee.

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Backstage Workers’ Union To London’s West End: Make A Better Offer Within Ten Days Or We Strike

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“BECTU has been in talks with the Society of London Theatre since July over pay, and wants a deal that includes London living wage – £8.80 – as a minimum for workers on three pay grades that are below that rate, with a 6% rise for all of its other members.” The theatres’ latest offer, a 1.8% raise, was rejected by 97.8% of voters.

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Well, Of Course My Adaptation Of “The Cherry Orchard” Isn’t Accurate – That Would Be Impossible

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Simon Stephens, who worked from a literal translation by a professor: “It seems especially odd to suggest that a play text, out of any literary form, should be carved out of an attempt to accurately translate the original language of an author writing a century ago. … The nature of translation means that to think otherwise is folly. The nature of theatre means that to aspire to do so is slightly perverse.”

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Shakespeare And Co. Artistic Director Ousted

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“Roughly a month after Shakespeare & Company’s new executive director and president, Rick Dildine, arrived at his job at the helm of the venerable Berkshires company from a similar job at the helm of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, he announced the departure of artistic director Tony Simotes, effective on Nov. 10, several months before the end of Simotes’ contract.”

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Glad Your First Show Went So Well – Now You’re Evicted

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“London fringe venue the Twickenham Theatre is to close just days after its first production – Sweeney Todd starring David Bedella – came to an end. [The company] has been told it has to vacate the premises after the pub over which it is based … was sold without warning.”

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Sometimes, A BFA Is Not The (Immediate) Answer

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“By continuing to carve your own way, without parents there to open every door with their pocketbook, or stand in the wings telling you that you ought to be a star, you are going to be forced to test the assumption of your dream.”

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Yeah, Size Matters In L.A. Theatre

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“The group’s central premise can’t be dismissed: The institutional structures of Los Angeles theater are too weak for an urban center of this size and cultural prestige. Modification to union agreements that points the way toward growth and development is the obvious answer. How to get there is much more complicated.”

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Why Reading Plays Is So Great

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“In fact what I am doing in that moment of reading is acting. I’m not on a stage or in front of an audience; I am not even moving or speaking out loud. … I may be acting silently inside my head, but in that instant, I’m an actor – a unique and rewarding response better elicited by published plays than by any other kind of literature.” Dan Kois demonstrates how this works, with Annie Baker’s The Flick.

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Georgia Shakespeare Co. Shuts Down After 29 Years

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“‘We had no major funders who were willing to make a lead gift,’ Managing Director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons said. ‘We had other people who were kind of waiting in the wings – ‘If you get a lead gift, call us back and we’ll do something’ – but there was nobody willing to make a lead gift.'”

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A Couple Of Apps To Guide Dynamic Theatre Ticket Pricing And Audience Feedback

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One project will use algorithms that automatically lower or raise the venue’s ticket prices in line with demand, as well as the length of time they were booked in advance. Another project – the Audience Discovery Project app – which has been granted £100,716 – will allow event attendees to give feedback on their experience. The project hopes to then use that information to personally recommend events at venues across the city, and encourage return visits.

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A Broadway Play’s Long, Messy Journey To Cinema Screens

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“Efforts to screen high-definition broadcasts of Broadway shows in movie theaters have been random, halting and frustrating. Yet, in little more than a month, a filmed-live version of the recent Broadway production of Of Mice and Men came together and, beginning in November, will be beamed into about 1,400 theaters around the world. It required an unlikely series of coincidences and a measure of sheer doggedness.”

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When Critics Become Playwrights

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“From George Bernard Shaw to Nicholas de Jongh, there is a tradition of reviewers penning their own scripts. So can you learn to write plays by watching them? And does being a playwright make you a better critic?”

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