DIGITAL
May 2018

There are only two words that English has adopted specifically from the Swedish language: ombudsman and smorgasbord. Ombudsman is a person who acts as a trusted intermediary between an organisation and some internal/external constituency as we Swedes will do pretty much anything to avoid a direct confrontation and it is most likely the reason why we hold a world record of 200 years of uninterrupted peace. And as much as we hate conflicts, we love sandwiches. Smörgåsbord in Swedish literally means “a table full of different sandwiches or varied food” but is in English usually used as a metaphor for a wide range of something, and in this issue of Scene we would like to present you with a delicious smorgasbord of some of our favourite articles from previous issues.

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Martha Graham in the 21st century

First published in the December 2001 Scene issue “Going the extra mile: Movement/Dance/Choreography”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: Reading this again reminds me of the incredible experiences I am grateful to have had as an ISTA...

“My oh my, I can’t believe it’s physics!”

A theatrical lighting system is a brilliant “real world” extension of the physics lab. First published in the September 2005 Scene issue “The ISTA triangle”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: Wow. It is so interesting to read...

Postdramatic theatre

I think of this kind of work as a composition of text, image, sound and movement. My thoughts on this article in 2018: It is always of interest, if a little excruciating, to read previous writing arising from a particular moment of your...

The art of theatre criticism

Speak with your own voice and in your own style. First published in the September 2006 Scene issue “Models of practise”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: James Agate claimed that only a very clever critic could get published. With...

The life of a magpie

You are a director the moment you see yourself as one First published in the March 2005 Scene issue “Staff members and their professions”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: It is interesting to discover just how many ideas still...

The mattering of drama

Drama is the first and most effective subject in conjuring productive activity in young people First published in the May 2016 Scene issue “Why drama matters”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: Having been asked to preface this with...

An exercise in double casting

Working together, the student actors of both casts bonded, reducing the chances for later anxiety about competition between casts. First published in the December 2004 Scene issue “Reaching out”. I am a procrastinator. I admit it. During...

Theatre architecture

Students should consider alternative spaces for performance such as found space or repurposed facilities. First published in the September 2009 Scene issue “Design projects”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: Since writing this article...

Casting my lot in with Commedia masks

It will clog your pipes and ruin your plumbing faster than eating 10kg of cheese at one sitting. First published in the March 2012 Scene issue “Projects, people and places”. I had long felt drawn to work with my hands and make masks but...

Write here, write now

I struggle with the idea of considering myself a playwright. First published in the December 2006 Scene issue “Writing”. My thoughts on this article in 2018: I need to take my own advice. I have found myself stuck over the past few years...