TED Talks: Simon Stone on what theatre is capable of

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Simon Stone, Australian theatre director, does something quite ambitious here. He attempts to show what theatre is all about by demonstrating what it’s capable of, using one basic scenario played out in different lights, social contexts, background music, and with a varying number of actors on a bare stage. And all in less than ten minutes. A fascinating exercise in the craft of theatre.

TED Talks: Richard Gill on the value of music education

A weekly post featuring talks by innovative thinkers, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design). This is what the internet was made for – to allow challenging ideas to escape from their academic ghettoes and hang out in a place where they can talk to each other.

This talk by Richard Gill, an Australian conductor, is one of series of TEDX talks on the arts at a day-long conference in Sydney. He argues passionately for the proposition that music opens up a child’s mind to creativity, and is worth teaching for its own sake. Gill is an engaging and funny speaker, using the audience as guinea pigs, and getting them to make music in the same way as he teaches children.