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April 8, 2011 |
April 8, 2011
An interview with Identity Theatre by ArtsHub has been published online. In the interview, Ray Swann talks to Sarah Adams about The Soul Miner and how the show has evolved since it’s earlier season in 2004.
“Swann is very aware that in making theatre with a motive you have to make a conscious effort not to be didactic or to come across as preachy. Identity [sic, Theatre] have also moved away from developing theatre that is too dark or has a ‘woe is me’ attitude. Instead the works have a broad appeal by exploring contemporary issues”
The interview also concerns itself with the role of theatre in promoting the discussion of issues in society.
“Why theatre though? Why not just use support groups or other traditional forms of support? Swann says, “Theatre’s got a well known and well documented history in terms of shedding light on complex social phenomenon and I think that the work that we’re doing with Identity Theatre is absolutely in that vein, so my role, I suppose is initially as a catalyst to galvanise a lot of people… who just generally feel that there is a need to express the issues of men.”