Here’s a new year thought – CULTURE – What’s the hoo-hah all about ?
Well why not find out for yourself ?
With a new ” Spirit of Altruism ” as our more optimistic PACE buzzword for 2016 ( that’s out with the old APATHY and in with the positive doing good for others and not just for yourself) time to see if the positive influence of Cultire Club in Spires , can work for a new generation of SPIRES youth performers.
Culture is a funny word , off putting for some , weird for others.
What is it about “it” that makes some ” sprint a PACE mile ” and others come-a-running arms open , eyes wide open .
It’s all about your horizons really. How blinkered they are.
Thinking of a horse race , where blinkered horses run straight ahead to their finish line so as not to be distracted.
Yet we need distraction in PACE , in spires work certainly , we definitely want the unusual , the more creative sideways moves , the less obvious way ahead. That’s what makes it more engaging – fun I suppose , if fun wasnt such a ” wee” word.
Broadening your horizons will definitely make you a better performer. Why? Because you stop going round the same circle of delivery . New things you know make you open up more , make you feel more creatively intelligent . The stage is about being clever , always looking for more ways to entertain , more mind doors to open to your creative imagination
How does culture play its part ?
Theatre trips are the start
Seeing all sorts of unusual performances – not just theatre shows
Watching TV and film recommendations
Reading a play – just because…
Seeing what’s on in your local arts centre , local museum , local big city centre
What’s coming to change your life – for good
I think the sooner you start here with the “culture” stuff , the better chance you have of “getting it all ” later . When you need to pull out the bigger more focused performances to make PACE more worthwhile now from S4-6. Remember there are only projects available for those asked into 15UP unless you are lucky enough to be part of HUB or SPACE
And maybe by s3/4.its almost too late for some . When FB and Instagram and Tumblir have taken hold of your time and vision – hard to switch off from these devices without a greater passion for the Arts.
Hard , but not impossible , if the will to change is really there.
Sometimes we just need a wake up call , a gentle reminder that school is fleeting and what we do there matters so much for our greater future.
SPIRES THEATRE is a school in no less a way. And you can chose to muck around , not really work , or do the extra stuff , the clubs , the activities – if you don’t want to .
It’s just that eventually you’ll fall behind and will exit before your time , a bit like Christmas leavers , those who don’t see the point of it any more.
Culture here is the A PASS mentality , but also the want to do really well, to get the whole school experience , the memories that last a lifetime.
So here’s what I want to do for some of you that are ready for more.
I’m stating CULTURE CUBS – yes it sounds cute , but it’s not …its just a way of differentiating those who are starting their culture life journey form those that are now a real part of its ethos.
A cub is young in terms of its experience of the world. And so a culture cub member is young simply in experience of the broader arts world.
Everything to be proud of belonging to, nothing to be embarrassed about.
If you don’t start sometime , you might miss “the leg up ” the performance ladder completely
I know some of you find it difficult to think of culture when at home there isn’t often the opportunity to talk ” Arts ” and ” Theatre ”
Parents are naturally supportive of your drama , but often asking them to do this isn’t possible for all sorts of reasons and nothing to be worried about .
In Culture Cub sessions we will talk enough with each other , to make even the smallest difference.
So what will you do ?
As with Culture Club , it’s a lot of talking , and sharing experiences of performance events , TV , Film , Music , Books …philosophy , everything really that challenges our usual perspective.
Culture Club let’s those that like interaction with others on a creative level , outwith the normal group chat forum , take place.
We perfpemance workshop things , we debate , we just like being more cultured …it makes us feel good.
The last culture club session before Christmas , we had a continental brunch and reworking of the Turner Prize , we ran round spires being and sounding , a little mad ….but a lot of fun.
Next session for The Culture Vultures, sees a guest actress coming to enlighten us all , on the topic of ” a more accessible theatre ” as we culturally challenge the notion of a seperate ” able ” and ” disabled ” theatre and arts scene.
We will be looking at the work of companies such as
Birds of Paradse
Wolfgang Stange and Amici Dance Theatre
Things you probably won’t have heard of but things that could change their opinions of what drama is forever.
I want Culture Cub’s induction meeting to be as engaging and so as a different cultural start , we will be looking at The varied concept of Performance Art ( the theme of Part 1 of the VX1 Challenge ) and accompanying it with a theatre trip to the show below
Bird , is a performance theatre piece aimed at young people but equally as enjoyable for any age , with a more open mind.
Sita Pieraccini , the solo actress in the show is a former Spires Allumni , her picture used to shine down on you in the Foyer of Spirss , a young girl then appearing as the Indian storyteller in Lords of Creation. She was one of those young performers who just shone in everything she did and I’m sure this performance will be no different
We’ll see Bird at the Paisley Arts Centre on the 18th February , details to follow.
Culture Cubs will take place on Sunday 7th February . Once we have enough interest we’ll email those invited to become its pioneer members.
Each Culture Cub meet up , will cost £3 a session ( the ticket price for BIRD will be extra ) we normally meet every 6 weeks or so.
If you are interested in now dipping your toe into the cultural world of behind the scene Spires , contact Colleen ( email@example.com )
There’s no age or experience level required , just an honest hunger to learn, to open your eyes and minds.
Don’t think it’s a way of getting things ( project wise ) – it’s not, but it will make a difference to the way you perform , somewhere down the line.
If anything it might help you connect with people you never thought you’d mix with before , on a whole other level than your average ” social group chat ” .
Details of the first Culture Cub will be sent to you once we know the group.
Hope to give some of you a leg up, up and “culturally away” soon
Stratford’s a start. WENDY and PETER will hopefully give you a taste for stretching those theatre wings a little further afield.
Come on boys and girls
Time to fly !