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When should a director listen to his/her audience?

A few of my thoughts on the shifting of scenes on stage, from today’s Independent. Design a show so the audience can see it, please; improve it if they can’t; know when something is daft and needs ditching; but don’t pull a show because of pressure gro…

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Ten things for your best-ever night out’s Chopin Liszt

A high old time was had by one and all last night at the Chopin Society’s Christmas fundraiser – a gala recital, dinner and ball at London’s historic Guildhall, amply attended by the great and good of the UK, Poland and the piano world.For such an even…

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GÉRARD DEPARDIEU shows us how to do a kids’ concert

The controversial yet perennially great French actor Gérard Depardieu joined forces with Philippe Graffin for a weekend of words and music in Brussels, at the end of November – during the course of which they showed us just how wonderful kids’ concerts can be, given half a chance. Here they reach the finale of the Carnival of the Animals.

“Now you are all animals,” Depardieu instructs the young audience, going on to say that now they are all good companions, every kind of creature with every other. “Next Sunday,” he then adds darkly, “the carnival of humans…”
In the second clip the musicians sound like they’re having the time of their lives as the kids clap along with the encore.
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