An Interest to Learn
Text by Angus
Artwork by Tom Cregeen
I felt I had to write to you!
while I loved some of the plays, especially Simon’s Herons and a couple by Rebecca Gilman, they were all of the modern ‘shock-art’ variety of theatre. Most of them had some sick / shocking / gross or sexual explicit subtext to ‘shock’ the audience.
Having seen the clever way you managed to convey this message about Shakespeare, managing to overcome the normal blinkered view I have encountered when merely suggesting doing one of his plays, I hope you can manage to sort some future project.
If this is a possibility then the best person to contact is Anders as he is the most progressive of our teachers and I have massive respect for him.
As a stopgap, I am arranging to have some ‘Frasier’ scripts sent in for Anders’ classes. Not Shakespeare, but a step in the right direction.
In one session you managed to get some pretty serious criminals to throw away inhibitions that I had failed to in classes where I had written ‘scenes’ they refused to ‘act out’ as they depicted things they thought threatened their ‘street-cred’ or their masculinity.
Yours very sincerely,