Going through a stage
TO BE, OR NOT TO BE ... A STAR OR A SPECTATOR
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