Kheira Bey Silver Gold Activist

Into acting, SHAKESPEARE, writing, potentially directing and generally being an arty smarty.

SYTS Artist, IDSA student, NYT Member, published writer and Arts Award Activist 2016/17. Represented by SYTS Agency & ORA Casting.</

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  • Comment posted on 20 March 2017 at 14:39

    I love this article and I like this style of writing and you have definitely rattled up some opinions and thoughts within my head. Well done on your research too; a very well researched piece with plenty of examples to paint the picture of how ill-mannered (some) theatre audiences are. Personally, I think the 'why' part was slightly rushed over in terms of developing an answer- but I would be proud of this piece and you should be.

    I can think of countless times when audience members have annoyed me, but also, I have been that one person to drink my water and my bottle has decided to dramatically sigh. Alongside when I was reviewing 'Pigeon English' there were annoying school boys talking too loudly and had their phones go off [https://www.artsawardvoice.com/magazine/reviews/national-youth-theatre-presents-pigeon-english] and when I performed in Romeo and Juliet there were schoolboys taking selfies and one dramatically yelled 'ewwww' when Romeo took his top off. I did a play where the front row stated, 'He looks like Jeremy Corbyn' which provided some banter for the cast after.

    'Rude audiences have always been in every performing arts element, most likely ever since the first piece of theatre was every performed – so why has this been happening for such a long time?' I think a sense of entitlement could be the answer for this. Theatre has always been seen as the hobby of the rich and privileged, the poor would have to stand and in the Georgian times they could only afford to see one half of a play so they had to choose accordingly. Additionally, monarchs, who as we know ADORED theatre (and still do) they loved it so much that playwrights often slipped in little messages just for these monarchs, so that they may make them think or trigger an action. A famous example is the mirror scene in Richard II, which Shakespeare used to reflect the dual personality of the protagonist back at King James I, who was seated proudly in the audience's front row. These monarchs believed they were chosen by god to rule, absolutist monarchs who deserved the best over poorly paid peasants called 'actors', some of whom did prostitution on the side (for the women). Theatre was a big social occasion so I think theatre audiences are so ill mannered as they maybe felt threatened to be in the same place as other rich elites in the older times and felt they could perhaps take it out on the actors? Hence why they threw tomatoes. Theatre was their only form of entertainment, so paying quite a bit of your wage to not really feel entertained maybe meant they would have felt very precious about it. Equally, the rich always love to take out their anger on those below them- who were actors.

    It's interesting that 72% of people said they spoke during a show as there are so many reasons why this may occur. 'Mum pass me a fruit shoot', 'Is he the bad guy?', 'What did she just say?', 'Are we in a train station?' 'Are you having a good time?'. The problem is when it's too annoying, which is what parents should instil in their children anyway. They are in public at the end of the day.

    Talking 72%- I think we need to check on our audience

  • Comment posted on 01 March 2017 at 11:19

    https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/maktub#overview is the link to the show :)

  • Comment posted on 29 January 2017 at 18:52

    I have honestly not heard anyone say a bad word about this production and love the way that it brings people together who are not, shall we say, people who typically go to the theatre a lot. The portrayal of Christopher has been criticised as being inaccurate, but the joy of theatre is to enjoy other people's interpretation of Christopher and although the play suggests that Christopher is 'different' in some way, there is a lot of ambiguity involved on Haddon's part and indeed Simon Stephens's part. My friend Tom [Dennis] plays Christopher on specific days at the National and I know he has not been criticised, yet plays the part ambiguously and openly.

    If you enjoyed this play enough, I really recommend that you visit this interview I conducted with Simon Stephens, who adapted the novel into the play but is also an amazingly entertaining man! Here you go- https://www.artsawardvoice.com/magazine/articles/interview-with-simon-stephens-playwright and let me know what you think!

  • Comment posted on 29 January 2017 at 18:44

    Dance is a very powerful medium and it is very magical seeing a story come alive without any words, but with the sheer talent of what some sensationally talented performers can do with their bodies. I haven't actually seen the Snowman (I know), but I know that a motorbike is something I would not associate with it! Elise, if you were the director of this piece, would you use a motorbike or would you do anything differently?

    Good luck with the rest of bronze.

  • Comment posted on 29 January 2017 at 18:38

    The Fresh Prince meme killed me, love that we are thinking outside of the box and reviving old (but gold) ideas.

    Hello and welcome to the new Voice reporters Maddie, Blossom, Sam, Olivia, Gracie and Agi K; can't wait to see what you bring to Voice :)

  • Comment posted on 29 January 2017 at 18:35

    With our world becoming increasingly digitalised, I agree that we are definitely saturated with both good and bad content and yes it does mean that it's harder to be distinct and separate to the rest of the crowd. However, what will the next generation of filmmakers do in order to tackle the decreasing concentration spans of the next generation? We can now fit so much information into a 30 second advert that some children can barely manage a 30 minute TV show. What's next?

  • Comment posted on 29 January 2017 at 18:32

    Very informative, however, how does this affect the arts?

  • Comment posted on 29 January 2017 at 18:31

    What a fantastic effort to have the mayor and mayoress at your sharing event! Well done :)

  • Comment posted on 25 January 2017 at 13:48

    I agree with most of the points raised here, but, in an office with an informal dress code- some people can get away with leggings! Denim jeans in darker shades like black or navy would be ideal and you can always wear 'jeggings' to feel more relaxed at work, especially if you've got a long commute or a lot of meetings where you're constantly moving around.

  • Comment posted on 25 January 2017 at 13:44

    With women winning the right to vote a century ago thanks to Emmeline Pankhurst and co, you'd expect some things to have changed. But, here we are, still campaigning for peace and equality yet again. What a weird world we are forced to live in.

    How has this impacted the arts world? Will Trump become a detested muse? Who knows. King Lear was performed a record number of times last year in the UK; Shakespeare's play questions what is really important to such a dictatorial, autocratic leader like Lear. I wonder if Trump has ever read the play, he could learn a thing or two...

  • Comment posted on 25 January 2017 at 13:39

    Interesting advice here Emily! It would have been great to have seen yourself teaching us via a YouTube 'How to' video, making it look easy. Would you class origami as an art form?

  • Comment posted on 25 January 2017 at 13:36

    A great compilation of the Oscars here Grace, it is definitely going to be speculative. With so many political statements being made in the last year or so, everyone wants to watch a relaxed, fun, youthful musical- so La La Land fits the bill here! I cannot wait to see it next week, regardless as to if it was Oscar tipped... I had my ticket bought anyway!

    I saw this broadcast live on BBC news and found it surprising that they did not show the 'Best Actress' nominees in the original broadcast... Quite surprising considering we are trying to show that this a society where men and women are equal- yet the role of the female was deemed too insignificant for the original broadcast. I'm sure there will be some reaction about this, as famous faces like Jennifer Lawrence, have spoken about the gender equality issue in Hollywood before... and the fact that the academy are still using the marked nouns 'Actor' and 'Actress' suggests that women are still a different, lesser half to their male counterparts.

  • Comment posted on 20 December 2016 at 17:52

    I like that you are interested in the more unique art forms, as historical interpretation is very fashionable [many many period dramas on TV right now salute this] but is still not highly documented. Would love to see some photos!

  • Comment posted on 19 December 2016 at 23:12

    Fantastic words of advice here, really helpful.

  • Comment posted on 13 December 2016 at 16:13

    Great knowledge of film making displayed here which is great as it shows your expertise and makes the reader trust your judgment more. Well done!

  • Comment posted on 13 December 2016 at 16:13

    Fantastic review, did the film make you want to research this story further?

  • Comment posted on 13 December 2016 at 16:11

    Fantastic article here Lizzie, Love Actually is definitely my favourite Christmas film. I think that the rise of secularism has had an impact on films and how we would now rather watch a film about family than a film with religious influences.

  • Comment posted on 23 November 2016 at 14:13

    Fantastic review Lee, really helps to see how far she has come as an artist

  • Comment posted on 23 November 2016 at 14:13

    Fantastic review Lee, really helps to see how far she has come as an artist

  • Comment posted on 08 November 2016 at 15:59

    Preach

  • Comment posted on 08 November 2016 at 15:56

    I want to see this play!

  • Comment posted on 16 October 2016 at 20:12

    Inspiring!

  • Comment posted on 13 October 2016 at 22:39

    Very interesting case study, can't wait to hear more from Emma :)

  • Comment posted on 13 October 2016 at 22:36

    A very perceptive review Elliot and sounds like you definitely enjoyed it, will have to see it for myself! Good luck with the rest of the award :)

  • Comment posted on 12 October 2016 at 14:08

    Very interesting set of rules, however some of them I have to disagree with some as an auditionee myself. Firstly, there is nothing wrong with wearing all black to anything where you have to act. If it makes you feel comfortable, you'll feel better and in a more deeper way, you will feel like you are carrying less 'baggage' of your normal reality so you will feel easier when stepping into your new character. Plus, black hides sweat a little better and looks professional- so win win [kinda, if you're a sweaty mess don't just rely on black...].

    Secondly, acting 'small' and 'big' is referring to perhaps the distinction between stage and screen acting. In Shakespeare's day there were no microphones, so you had to project your voice to the WHOLE THEATRE. I know. The danger with this tip is simply to 'overact' Shakespeare, since you're not used to it and feel like that's how you would do it on stage i.e. stressing the rhyme or using the energy to create upward inflections [going 'up' at the end of each line]. My top tip here is that if people can tell that you're acting, you're not doing your job- regardless as to if it's Shakespeare, Marlowe, Jonson or anything else.

    Thirdly, no-one cares about the personal statement. I highly doubt they read it. They just want to know if you have raw potential, which is trainable.

    Lastly, do not forget the interview. It is not an 'add on' to the main event, they want to understand your personality... at the end of the day they will have to teach you all day for three years.

    Happy auditioning!!!

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