Go­ing through a stage

TO BE, OR NOT TO BE ... A STAR OR A SPEC­TA­TOR

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G’DAY. I’ve al­ways loved the theatre. That alchemy when ac­tors, di­rec­tors, cos­tumes, lights and sound all come to­gether on a stage. It’s mag­i­cal and un­pre­dictable and means ev­ery live per­for­mance is dif­fer­ent.

For a while I wanted to be an ac­tor. In fact, my Dad used to tell me I should be on the stage. The last stage out of town. Then he’d say I was bril­liant at act­ing. Act­ing the goat, that is. Since then I’ve con­fined my­self to sit­ting in the au­di­ence, whether it’s shows by the lo­cal drama so­ci­ety or big flashy mu­si­cals.

I’m spoiled for choice in Syd­ney and the Cen­tral Coast which are awash with strong and vi­brant per­for­mance spa­ces and theatre groups.

Plus, Syd­ney is home to the coun­try’s most fa­mous drama school, the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art in Kens­ing­ton.

Some of our big­gest act­ing names stud­ied at NIDA: Cate Blanchett, Richard Roxburgh, Mi­randa Otto, Mel Gib­son, Judy Davis and Sam Wor­thing­ton to name a few. This month, au­di­ences have the chance to see the next gen­er­a­tion of tal­ent as NIDA presents works by its grad­u­at­ing stu­dents.

From Oc­to­ber 14 to 27 there will be five full-scale theatre pro­duc­tions show­cas­ing the work of act­ing, cos­tume, de­sign, prop­er­ties, pro­duc­tion and stag­ing stu­dents.

You can get tick­ets from nida.edu.au but be aware that these shows are not suit­able for un­der 18s.

Or you could check out what’s on at your lo­cal theatre. You never know, it could be the start of a beau­ti­ful friend­ship.

Alas, poor Yorick ... Journo Jack flexes his long-dor­mant act­ing mus­cles in a fa­mous scene from

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