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(Jenny (centre) in rehearsal for The Madame Macadam Travelling Theatre. Photo by Craig Fuller) Love & Scandal – well, that got you reading. Actually, it’s the name of the café where Steven Kavuma and I met to talk about The Diversity School Initiative and about the various developments at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. From my point of view it felt like an energised and fruitful conversation and at the end he asked me to write this blog. On a personal level, I was a kid fro
Social stigma and mental health go together hand in hand, and have been with us for centuries as the arts have. It is of utmost importance that diversity is a core element of every society, not just to promote fairness, but also to actively promote individuality. Therefore, the relevance of diversity, arts and mental health is that it gives leeway to individuals to be expressive, and to discover who they really are. The forms of art can be clear or blurred, but that’s the bea
Why bother? – Why should we try and ‘make it big’ in an industry where white supremacy, class elitism, poor representations of queerness, and general misogyny (among many prejudices) control theatre and keep us in the margins? Because we cannot make a difference on the periphery of an industry which controls representations of us – an element of how we, and the world, sees us! We cannot stop fighting for a diverse theatre industry – It is too important. The prejudices in the
At the moment I'm in a month-long run of a children's Christmas show in which I play a fairy and a sock. It's absolutely ridiculous and I love it. A few days ago two Chinese kids came in and as soon as they saw me onstage, their faces lit up with excitement and recognition. YES, I AM LIKE YOU! YES, I AM ONSTAGE! AND YES WE ARE GOING TO SAVE CHRISTMAS TOGETHER! I can't explain how I felt but it hadn't even occurred to me how significant that was. I don't think many (the majori