Water is so much more fine and sensitive an element than earth. A single boatman passing up or down unavoidably shakes the whole of a wide river, and disturbs its every reflection.
When I vote, I think about ripples in the water.
It’s easy to think your vote doesn’t matter. That I’m already living in a Blue State, so I might as well not vote. Or that other people will vote instead.
But every action you make — every thought you think — sends out ripples, like the boatman passing down the river.
If you think your…
This is a collection of aphorisms on making theatre. In the future, I will better organize them.
The number one rule of theatre is do not be boring.
Theatre is always of the now. That is: the setting can be 1507; the time is now.
Verse is an underlying structure. But there are no rules… it’s like your life playing out across the ‘structure’ of time. (Icke)
The nowness and analog-ness of theatre are its great advantages. This is why, if properly excavated, theatre will never go away.
Museum theatre: period costumes, dead accents, a production we’ve seen 1000x times…
“The formula for success: TALENT + ENERGY” — Derren Brown
As an actor or writer or director or artist, you really have two things you can focus on: your art and your career. Derren Brown writes that this is his formula for success: talent plus energy.
Brown is being tongue-in-cheek about there being a “formula”, but what he means is that these are the two variables you can control — success itself is not quite under your control. The only way to be happy is to focus on things under your control. (This is the basis of Stoicism and his…
Nick is interesting because he is a businessman, a former trader, involved in a field that has a lot of artistry to it. (Alinea is known for its breathtaking restaurant experience.)
Nick talks about two concepts that are really helpful to understand if you’re interested in starting a theatre company (as I am).
The first is this idea of Asymmetric Risk. I first learned of asymmetric risk from the work…
It’s Monday, January 1st. A new year. A new week.
Doesn’t that feel good? (Ignoring the New Years’ hangover, of course.)
It’s like the first page in a new notebook, or a blank snowfall, when everything is just clear:
I’ve always been obsessed with that feeling of empty space, of nothingness, of clarity.
When things are reset, at zero. There’s space to think, space to dream, space to do whatever you want.
The blankness is full of possibilities. …
One of the most compelling arguments for the slow replacement of art with social media is that the trends of film and theatre have tended towards naturalism in the last 50 years, arcing closer and closer to getting to be real life.
With an Instagram or Snapchat story, you are capturing and consuming real life as ‘art’. Is this the peak of naturalism? Watching snippets of life is addicting and compelling, and social media makes these snippets bite-sized and consumable. Why watch a 2 hour play of people trying to act natural when we can consume…
I’ve been spending a lot of time on social media recently. (I’m taking a break till the end of the year, but that’s another story.) It’s kind of new to me, but I really like posting to my Instagram story. There’s something satisfying in always having a little ring around your picture that indicates you are doing something.
You are living your life and sharing it. Little funny things, or cool pictures, or selfies, or insights.
Social media — the ability…
When we grow up, it seems like we have a lot of wasted days.
We spiral around doing nothing. Walk down empty streets with our heads in the clouds. Talk to our friends about life and stupid shit at 4 AM. Stay up all night for no reason. Make out drunkly with people we shouldn’t. Write stupid poetry, scribble weird doodles, make new friends and lose old ones. Sometimes we lay in bed and just listen to music, or cry, or watch an old movie.
But there’s a secret to life and that secret is that, if you look for…
If you read the news regularly, you might think the world is shit.
And let me be clear: it’s true that there are shit things in the world. But when we’re bombarded daily with horrifying headlines and images, we can confuse the finger for the moon.
Instead, let’s look for pointers to the transcendent. We need them now more than ever.
Humans used to consciously build pointers to the transcendent. Pyramids, churches, monuments, paintings, sculptures, symbols. But their meaning has become confused over the years. Derren Brown, in his book Happy, writes:
The perpetuating dogmas, rituals and images, once so…