Haunted by irrelevance?

Kim Durban

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In Richard the Third, the king is haunted in his dreams by the ghosts of those he has murdered. As an experienced theatre director working in actor training, my deliberations are haunted by the ghosts of ideas and concepts that I may have ‘murdered’ on my way to building relevant program design that will appeal to actors and their parents, to the arts industry at large and to the marketing department. Spectres appear, such as Ghost 1: Is it more relevant to actors’ employment prospects to focus on acting for screen?; Ghost 2: What is the relevance of skills training in an arts environment where theatre companies appear to have impoverished resources, limited textual experience, no ‘calling’ and prefer to cast television actors in order to protect ‘bums on seats’?; or Ghost 3: Is Australian actor training relevant when so many yearn for post-graduate study overseas? In preparing rehearsals for The Northern Lass, a play by Richard Brome written in 1629, and haunted by such questions, what relevance can I claim for directing this classic play in Ballarat, Australia? I intend to examine and celebrate the surprising aesthetic, textual, psychological and comic relevance of making such a choice.


Actor Training; Curriculum Design; Fear; Empathy; The Northern Lass; Richard Brome

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Durban, Kim. “Haunted by Irrelevance?.” Fusion Journal, no. 17, 2020, pp. 39-48. https://fusion-journal.com/haunted-by-irrelevance/

First published online: April 2020

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