My blog has quite a lot of posts about Samuel West (Julius Caesar, On Chesil Beach and Darkest Hour) and Charles Edwards (My Fair Lady Australian tour and Henry IX).

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Inclusion, Tipping the Velvet, Measure for Measure

A selection of things I have read and listened to recently.

In the Guardian, Lyn Gardner has suggested that inclusion in theatre is an objective in relation to diversity initiatives. She has quoted Brigid Larmour, artistic director at Watford Palace, "unless we stop talking about changing theatre and start actively doing something, every single day, about bringing about change, we will never move on" and referenced John Dyer, director of Credibility, "diversity is asking people to the party but inclusion is inviting them to dance" (via @actforchangehq).

Sarah Waters and Laura Wade discussed the stage production of Tipping the Velvet on Front Row. and in the Independent. Wade adapted Waters' novel. It is playing at the Lyric Hammersmith until 24 October then will transfer to the Lyceum in Edinburgh, 28 October-14 November.

Romola Garai participated in a webchat on the Guardian website, partly to publicise Measure for Measure, which closes 14 November at the Young Vic. She commented on tokenism:
"I think there should be quotas. I think if you're fielding primetime television with 70% and 80% of the parts being white men, you should probably rethink that. There's a lot of tokenism in film and television, with a poster with three white guys, one black guy, and a woman, and that's equality, and it's not equality."
and how she approaches auditions:
"Remember you're auditioning them. Acting is a collaboration with the director, and it's only a worthwhile job if the director respects you completely as an equal. Go into every audition knowing that you're an equal and expect to be treated as such. And have fun collaborating."

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