I think, if I hadn't been a teacher, I would love to have studied performing arts!
When I'm in the house alone, I love to sing!
When I was little, I loved ballet.
Desperate to dance, I was, instead, forced to have piano lessons!
I was quite musical so did enjoy those lessons really...
but, had it been my choice... ;-)
However, I was allowed a pair of red ballet shoes
and an LP record...Swan Lake on one side
and The Nutcracker, on the other.
I can well remember the little 'performances' that
my sister and myself would give my mum.
And I can well recall spending many, happy
visits to the very theatre, where I sat yesterday, watching :
This is a story about passion.
Oh, well okay, it's a story about other things too...
like loyalty, deceit... and relationships.
But it's mainly about passion.
That is, passion for another human being... and passion for a game.
The game of Chess.
It's a new production which is touring the country at the moment
and luckily for me it came to Torquay, this week!
Yesterday, I was able to sit and enjoy this because someone, somewhere,
taught these people how to read and play music; how to sing;
how to dance the right steps; how to act;
how to perform and entertain.
The art of performing does not just happen!!
Therefore, I have very strong feelings about the teaching
of drama and music in our schools and it grieves me to read that many schools
could be making their drama and music teachers redundant!
There's far too much of this squeezing the creativity out of our children;
it's not good enough...is it?!!
The performing arts plays a vital role in our children's education,
in inspiring and helping them to gain the confidence needed to
reach their full potential in their lives.