Today’s title seems like something you might read from an old book about theatre. We’d like to share with you some key moments “QNéA” experienced in London’s theatres, focusing on the most amazing situation we’ve noted so far, during a class just a couple of weeks ago.
First of all we want to let you know that we don’t want to say that London is better than Italy, it’s only different. An example: here many theatres are located next to or as a part of the pub. So, for a person that initially only wanted to go out for a beer with some friends, attending a performance is only some steps away if they fancy it. And, as it often lasts around one hour, after the show, the same person could come back to his friends or go to a different venue or do other things in the same evening.
So, we thought, what’s the difference spending an evening only drinking with some friends in London or an evening in Vicenza (where theatres are not part of the bar/so accessible)? None, the situation is basically the same if you don’t take into consideration the time you would spend attending the show.
Here performances are really appreciated and people are honestly enjoying the shows. Theatres are not located next to churches as often they are in Italy, which evidently shows the close link between religion and culture, and they’re not managed by the same acting company from years gone by that only use the same actors. In the UK, it could be potentially a different group every weekend and it often is!
Furthermore the people In Italy people going to theatres are mainly old or they “have to” wear something for the particular occasion. It seems that only because you are going there you must show that you belong to the system. In fact, it seems that going to the theatre is allowed only to an “élite” group where you need to behave in a particular way to be accepted. In London people don’t care about it, people are just going out and they’re enjoying what they are doing. Going to the theatre is just part of the local culture, everybody’s has access and is welcome and this theatre culture is reflected in the society. It is not about showing off or trying to be seen in a better light.
Finally, we discovered that in London humanity exists in its purest forms, such as friendship and simplicity. In a city so big, where things are happening so fast, we were worried to not find humanity, in a society that might only be oriented to business, finding an identity might be hard. But, at the Anna Scher Theatre’s class we found out that uncomplicated and kind people are also living in London. In a city that could kill your energy, if you can’t find the right path for you, Anna Scher is teaching you to talk sincerely with others (initially strangers!), about yourself, about your wishes and your goals, helping you to create a true relationship between all the people participating in the class. In this way, everyone lets their inhibitions and self styled images go and after a while, everybody is considered a friend. Anna is there but only as a director, she’s just conducting her “musical” without you even noticing her gentle guidance, creating points of contact between people that maybe they wouldn’t have met before, but once they did, they are creating something unique and rare, in very a personal way.
This theatre experience is like a therapy, yet fun even, a place to meet and share. Maybe this last point is what is missing to the Italian theatrical experience.