“I can take any empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across this empty space, while someone else is watching him, and this is all that is needed for an act of theatre to be engaged.” (Peter Brook)
Theatre is a collective experience of the human condition that transcends time and space to bring ‘the best that has been thought and said’ into the here and now.
Drama is created by the interaction of creative minds: the writer, director, actor and audience all play a part. Being in the physical space together allows us to hear the heartbeat of existence; to breathe the air of another human’s experience; to taste the subtle transformative shift in direction that can only exist because we share them together.
Theatre can act as pure, joyous entertainment, social commentary or social reform: it is a powerful live creative medium that cannot be forgotten easily. The emotional connection is not tangible, but resides in the shared experience between two human beings in one space. As an actor, we step into the shoes of the breadth of humanity, and live their experience in the moment.
Like all of the arts, upon entering the stage, actors leave themselves exposed to very personal criticism that requires them to develop resilience, courage and conviction.