If I had to sum up British theatre in two words, it would be Shakespeare and pantomime. Going on a Christmas outing to the panto is a tradition in many families, and lots of people are introduced to the wonderful world of theatre this way. The funny thing is that pantomime comes from some very un-British customs, and that it originally had nothing to do with Christmas at all.
Last week, we talked about theatre superstitions on this blog, and this week we’re continuing the supernatural theme with a look at London’s theatre ghosts. It seems that most of our capital’s theatres have one or more spooky inhabitants, so we’ve stuck to some of the most well-known ones here.
Casting director Emma Sylvester talks about her job and what she loved most about being a Fiorentini's Got Talent judge.
Hollyoaks actress Ali Bastian is one of the judges at the Fiorentini’s Got Talent competition tonight.
With our annual show Fiorentini’s Got Talent coming up this weekend, many of our participants will be busy with their last preparations. Practice, practice and more practice are the key words here, but everyone knows that, in a superstitious business like the theatre, you sometimes have to do that little bit extra for a successful show. We’ve lined up a couple of the most common stagey superstitions along with their backstories, and we’ll leave it up to you to sort out the curses from the common sense.
According to the Annual Bullying Survey 2017, of the young people that have been bullied in the last year 37% developed social anxiety, 36% developed depression, 24% had suicidal thoughts and 21% skipped class. These are worrying statistics, and something the Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School is committed to changing.
We're extremely excited to announce that the Fiorentini Foundation [reg. charity no 1140414] has been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and the National Lottery to support an Anti-Bullying Campaign in Boroughs across the Capital.
Here on the Anna Fiorentini blog you have heard before from a couple of our lovely teachers, who put in a lot of hard work each weekend. But we also have some other very important people walking around our schools: our fantastic volunteers. We thought it was about time you got to know them a bit better. Our next guest is Katia, who is a regular at our Camden school.
Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Up this week is Jacob Sparrow, who works at the National Theatre as casting assistant.
Welcome to Backstage and Beyond, a series of interview in which we talk to theatre industry professionals to find out more about their jobs. Everyone knows what an actor does, but it takes a lot more than just the people on stage to make a show. Please join us as we quiz people in all sorts of cool theatre jobs on their work, what it involves, and how you could do the same. Our next guest is Shereen Phillips, who works as community programme coordinator at the National Theatre.
Tickets for our 2017 Fiorentini's Got Talent Finale are on sale now!