Drama’s Link To Employment Skills

I bet you’re thinking the most valued skills employers are looking for in university graduates are intellect and academic grades, right? Wrong! Think again. A number of surveys in recent years have cited communication, confidence, creativity and passion as the most sought after skills in graduate employees. Many of these reports...

Artificial Intelligence and Creativity

Friday essay: Rise of the artistic machines Oliver Bown, UNSW Australia The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) as a potential threat or benign force is a topic of lively debate. Respected mainstream voices, like Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, are pointing to the dangers of AI. On...

The Problem With Theatre Previews

Hands up if you deliberately avoid previews of theatre extravaganzas? Alright, hands up if you regularly attend previews of big musical productions? Like most things in this world, there is clearly two sides to every coin and whether you love them or loathe them, attending previews of hit shows is...

Best of New York and London Theatre 2015

“Best of” and “year end” lists are so often a tricky adventure for critic and reader, alike. Theatre critics, no doubt forced by their employers to create a “best of” list of shows from the year that has been, more often than not deride the experience. Nevertheless, a Top 10...

Globe Theatre’s Worldwide Tour of Hamlet

Did you know Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been touring the world for 18 months now? Hamlet? Worldwide tour? Did I miss that? Maybe you did, because you probably won’t find this production playing next door to The Lion King. The Globe Theatre’s ambitious performance project to tour the Shakespearean tragedy...

Marina Abramovic: Performance Artist

Serbian-born Marina Abramovic is one of the world’s foremost performance artists. Back in my university days, I defined performance art by the work of American Laurie Anderson. Although obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture, Anderson was also a skilled musician and composer. As a result, her craft centred around the use...

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