Jo Nead Bronze Gold Activist

I love all things theatre, (as long as I don't have to perform!) and am now realising that dream as a student on the Technical Theatre and Stage Management course at RADA. I have been an activist for nearly a year and a half now and love meeting new people through working with them. I have a talent for clothes shopping and love Zumba.

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  • Comment posted on 24 January 2016 at 18:42

    I agree with you totally, so many incredible actors aren't getting the credit they deserve. Regarding the link you just commented with, I think it's both a step in the right direction and a little too late. To be quite honest, there is so much in the media now about how much more diverse the world is now, I kind of feel like this should have been done years ago. The Oscar's are so incredibly influential, they could have done a lot of good making this change earlier on. However, I feel it also sends the message that white men only vote for white men, women only vote for women and so on. Technically speaking, they shouldn't have to widen their board for these actors to get the recognition of an Oscar nomination, the people on the committee should be more than capable of voting for them themselves. Great article!

  • Comment posted on 16 January 2016 at 19:56

    I agree Sally. I think this is a great article Elena, and personally I'm a great fan of my (new) colouring book! I find it mainly useful for just having some quiet time, but I know it can help people with stress issues. Having said that, I also think that as well as the difficulty that comes with advertising colouring books as stress relievers, I reckon they're missing out on a market who aren't all that stressed, but are just looking for some creative down time. However, I'm loving that it's once again socially acceptable for me to have a colouring in book!

  • Comment posted on 16 January 2016 at 19:50

    Thanks guys! I actually found this so hard to write as there's so much to it, I could have gone on for ages. It's a topic that is particularly close to my heart and I'm so glad you guys agree! I think a lot of people aren't aware of how important art is until they turn to it at some point for solace, and I think that often after that they never go back!

  • Comment posted on 16 January 2016 at 19:44

    Hi Isabelle, I really like your review, short and sweet! You obviously enjoyed the show. Was there a particular part or aspect of the show you liked? Maybe something technical or maybe the actress who played King was particularly inspiring for you? Including some personal opinions in the review can help people to understand why you liked the show and why they should go and see it. I've wanted to see this one for a while, do you think it's worth it?

  • Comment posted on 16 January 2016 at 19:39

    I love this, such an interesting area of theatre that I guess many people don't know much about. The fact that The Freedom Theatre is aimed mainly at women and young people is particularly intriguing, and clearly studying plays that mirror their current situation is useful for them. Great article!

  • Comment posted on 11 October 2015 at 14:37

    Thanks Elspeth (sorry I'm rubbish I've only just seen this!!). Don't get me wrong, I had a very academic education and I loved my school, but in my opinion, a little bit of creativity never hurt anyone! I think even those who may be more academically inclined would benefit from some creative learning, even if it was just in the sense that the arts subjects weren't seen as 'soft' subjects and so it was compulsory to do one, just as it is science and maths. Of course, not everyone is going to enjoy it, but everyone has to do science and maths regardless of wether they love it or hate it. Sometimes being made to do something you hate can teach you skills you never thought you would have. I think a balanced approach would be lovely, but I don't think it would be very easy to obtain an actual balance until the extremes are recognised and dealt with.

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