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The TEAM works. No really.8/9/14

Have you ever watched a film or play you enjoyed and spent the next week raving about the leading actor in it? Or basing your choice of entertainment merely on the director whose name is on it? Not a bad rule of thumb to wade through the assortment of media available and see something you hope you’ll enjoy. However it’s so much more than just one persons responsibility to create a truly great entertainment.

Part of the joy of working in the arts is contributing to the creative process, doing the best job you can do, sitting back, then letting…

The amazing truth behind “break a leg”6/9/14

Ever had someone wish you luck by saying “break a leg”? Most people think this is rather harsh and imagine the valiant performer struggling though a show nursing fractured limbs on stage. Perhaps this refers to the “show must go on” spirit so many actors have in their blood? Or is it a glib reference to being careful on stage? Perhaps it is a sideswipe at actors who find it difficult to navigate around stage and might bump into furniture while remembering lines – (there are some out there).

A quick examination of this old superstition reveals that in fact the…

Hollywood stories!1/9/14

+ We found the following wonderful nugget in the Event Organisers update newsletter. Hollywood history gold. Thanks guys.

MADAME DUBARRY The story of the doomed courtesan at the Versailles court of Louis XV was an early (1919) black and white silent film of director Ernst Lubitsch which used the excuse of history to give audiences epic sex, violence and intrigue.

This starred Polish-born 22 year-old actress Barbara Apolonia Chalupec, who specialised in femme fatale roles under her stage name of Pola Negri, and Swiss-born 35 year-old actor Theodore Friedrich Emil Janenz – Emil Jannings – who played the randy…