Awakening

Awakening

The term ‘awakening’ evokes a wide range of images, emotions, thoughts and feelings. It is likely that each person will have a unique opinion about what it entails. Looking back at the last century and the dynamic flow of changing attitudes in a relatively short time...
Imagination and the urge to prevail

Imagination and the urge to prevail

Imagination is funny. It makes a cloudy day sunny, makes a bee think of honey, just like I think of you… go the opening lyrics of a well known jazz standard. Yet, in the performing arts, other aspects of being human are often conflated with the possession of...
Standing outside of systems

Standing outside of systems

Systems and infrastructures are usually effective ways and means of getting things done. Each of us is encouraged to look for spaces or niches where we can fit into one of these. Some people adapt to the status quo with ease. They might come across as dull or lacking...
An optimistic ethos

An optimistic ethos

I’ve had opportunities to attend performances of Leonard Bernstein’s music drama Candide in the past, but I haven’t taken them. I am aware however, that the work straddles the worlds of opera and musical theatre, so productions are likely to be unpredictable in terms...
Changing values

Changing values

Habits, tics and mannerisms are tell tale signs of where we’ve been and what we’ve done. These features are unlikely to stand still as time elapses. Going through a round of conditioning with a set of people at one point in time might leave some traces of shared...