The quotations included here are not just general bon mots, but are passages, ranging in length from just a couple of words to whole speeches, which have lingered in my mind and have inspired and directly influenced my thoughts and working methods over many years.
Here’s a short passage which I have been reciting in my workshops for a few years to impress on students the importance of being positive and constructive when giving feedback to their peers: “It is not the critic who counts; not one who points out how the strong stumble, or where the doer of deeds […]
“Music was (and is) an integral part of the rehearsal process, not as a background but as a vital component structuring the scenes, providing infinite inspiration, making us aware of moods sometimes in opposition to the text, sometimes provoking new thoughts, often creating the thought in the first place. It makes us aware of motion […]
The term “psychic projection” occurs in Steven Berkoff’s Three Theatre Manifestos which were originally published together with his adaptations of Kafka’s The Trial and Metamorphosis in Gambit vol 8 no 32, and are now very hard to find. I first read this when I was a student, and the term ‘psychic projection’ stuck in my […]
In 1988, while I was training to be an EFL teacher, I came across a quotation from Galileo Galilei: You cannot teach anyone anything; you can only help them to find it within themselves. Galileo Galilei As a motivational quote it’s easy to dismiss as being either platitudinous, or (if one chooses to be pedantic) […]