I am not sure how many are aware ? But we use Pinterest boards for more creative projects within the Spires Theatre Space.
Pinterest is a a great ” mood enhancer ” and acts as a catalyst for thought , idea , self expression and production muse
The 2 previous Connections shows casts – the Guffin and Heritage – had PInterest boards to work from , enabling cast members to hook into the production concepts that would be explored during the rehearsal period.
These proved very beneficial dramatic devices, as they allowed the casts to bring thir own interpretation of images to the creative space in conversation and action.
Sometimes it is difficult to find a mode of expression in drama , and we can often feel. inadequate within our own ideas and philosophies on life. Not to mention when asked to voice this in front of others.
Pinterest images allow us to find our voice in a picture and to get our creative brains engaged to help us find this vocal expression through sensitivity and more vulnerable delivery.
The boards are designed to explore all avenues of possible expression in relation to a production. They push emotional and rational buttons – logic and seemingly illogical concepts.
I believe strongly that you have to go “far away from ” a production to arrive back at the finsihed article .
No good just starting with the “textually” obvious unless you are confident you cam open all the doors right off. This is seldom the case. Last year we discovered the cast knew very little about their country’s heritage , the atrocities of fascism , the absence of technology , the weird and outdated – their own way of life.
Pinterest helped us in to Northbridge – it helped us find a more playful home.
It also encouraged members of the cast to make their own PInterest boards and we got to look into their minds for inspiration in how ” to be ” with them on stage.
Acting is about connections and I’m meaning a series of dots or circuits here that need to join up – to make the production synch better.
I always feel we have to go way ” off track ” to find the right dramatic road eventually – tangents make circles more interesting don’t you find?
Pinterest is tangent heaven …the spice that makes the good more interesting …the drama more culturally sound
I have constructed a varied board, something to hopefully push most “Buttons” – to engage , inspire and “upstart” this challenging production.i could have gone on and on …but you know this by now , and we have to stop , to start sometime.
Sometimes I have commented on the image to encourage dialogue, , you may agree or disagree, other times I have left ( …) to allow you to relate or to draw your own conclusion – I feel the image will allow you your own response.
There are a lot of qoute based images , because generally everyone in life has an opinion they want to share in bold type .
Sometimes a picture image speaks it’s own volume. Is enough just as it is .
The play relevance and the image may seem initially lost on you – look harder ….find a thread …the invisible red thread that links us all to everything …( or so they say )
I love Pinterest , just like the Internet , it unlocks its own vital world and is the creative genisis of ‘liker’ minds
I understand Instagram is a similar type thing for many of you …its perhaps that Pinterest is less about the current and more about the timeless.
Interestingly enough this play has already got me thinking about what I feel strongly about in life. Maybe my passion for things I once felt has diminished through more adult responsibility over the past years. I find myself more and more thinking ” I used to care about that …”
How I envy youth it’s ability to care more about things that matter – time is on your side – what a brave ideal world you hold – but careless in the wrong hands.
I look forward to being reinspried by this NTC 15 cast , reinvigorated in my desire to see things from a different more youthful perspective.
There is much the drama student can teach the drama teacher – how do you think I get better and better each year at what I do ? Without you my circle closes.
By admitting we often know very little , understand very little about things we maybe take for granted , we can help each other grow from this experience?
All we ever have to go on , is gut instinct . I have never been wrong when it comes to this (as Colleen always reminds me when I come to cast a show) …Connections is and will be no exception.
I want to get ” a gut feeling ” that this REmOTE cast will change through this process, that this production will leave us all, just a little bit more ‘aware’…for the sake of all our future.
Enjoy trawling through the hundreds of images already on the board …good luck catching a few that leap out at you.
Pinterest board link can be sent to you by contacting Colleen@pacetheatre.co.uk