Performing arts skills are being lost

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Robert Taylor

Old style hands-on training taught skills that young performing artists are not learning.

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In my early days as a chorus member at Canberra Opera I was told that someone in the audience is always looking at you, so every performer’s role is important. Laurence Olivier commented once that he was only the King when he played one because everyone else on stage believed he was – it took one person to treat him otherwise and all the acting in the world wouldn’t work.  I was also taught to “Sing out Louise” and remember the audience in the Dress Circle.

About the author

Robert Taylor is  Managing Director of The National Theatre  and has worked in administration, stage management, lighting design and production management.