Poems in lockdown


Poems in lockdown

During lockdown myself and the Theatreworks stalwarts continued to work and play via Zoom. Following on from our highly successful (:)) Five Minute Mystery (a radio play in vintage style) we chose to perform a selection of poetry, this time with visuals. Many thanks to Kathleen, Jilly and Marguerite. Enjoy!

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Creativity – FAQ

Can you be too creative?

No way…

I can draw. I can act, I can design an outfit, I can write (ish) – does that make me too creative or more creative than you? No…

Everybody is abundantly creative. We create life, relationships, homes, institutions, governments. Creativity is our natural state.

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Always look on the bright side

Atticus Arts and Scarf present Epic drama’s lockdown version of ‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’.

We had such fun performing and recording this. We hope it shines a little ray of sunshine on those who have been shielding and socially isolating for the past 3 months.

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What is your BACK STORY and would you share it?

As an actor or director, the process of building a character involves finding their motivation. What is the subtext, their reason for being? A character’s back story is where you fill in the gaps. You read between the writer’s lines for clues to the characters past life. Where they were born, educated, family relationships, what experiences they had. Anything and everything that they went through to bring them to this point in their life.

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Your story is your USP

‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.’ Nietzsche

Very early on in my acting career I played a character named Doll. During the course of the play she and her boyfriend terrorise and humiliate a couple in their own home. Doll took great pleasure in exposing the hypocrisy of the couple’s relationship and she uses the Nietzsche quote, above, to end the play, satisfied that the trauma she has inflicted on them will make them stronger people (great fun to play!). Whether this is true or not what is certain is that their experience at the hands of Doll will become part of their story.

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A 5 minute mystery

Atticus Arts, in association with Theatreworks, present the premiere of this 5 minute mystery. Recorded during lockdown using Zoom (and a rookie editor!) Forest Arts Theatreworks students have created a short, but fun, murder mystery for your listening pleasure. Enjoy and share. Click on the link and have a listen.

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You have permission to play

🥳 You have permission to PLAY. 😆

If you do nothing else this mental health awareness week – PLAY!

During this anxious and unpredictable time, it’s important to take care of yourself. Give yourself time to relax, have fun and kick back.

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How did I get here?

The Child Star and philanthropist

When I was a little girl, I don’t know, 7 or 8 maybe, I would coax my friends into making up and performing little plays for our classmates and anybody else that would watch. We would rehearse in the playground at break and then perform in the classroom on a Friday afternoon. Everybody in the class had the option to do this but as far as I remember it was just me – writer, director and lead actor- that did the honours.

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Jackie’s first ever blog!

Here we are half way through June and it’s STILL raining. Flaming June!!

Anyway, I have been meaning to post a blog for ages but being a complete novice and a new comer to blogging I have been majorly procrastinating!

It has been nine months since Atticus Arts came in to being and it’s been a very exciting time.

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