Music and Theatre can be a wonderful combination. In The Listeners, we’re combining live singing and movement in order to characterise and express the troubles of Magz, something that’s far more achievable through choruses and expressive singing than straight acting alone. Of course, it helps when you’ve got great songs like ‘Message in a Bottle’ or ‘Songbird’ to showcase!
“During depression the world disappears. Language itself. One has nothing to say. Nothing. No small talk, no anecdotes. Nothing can be risked on the board of talk. Because the inner voice is so urgent in its own discourse: How shall I live? How shall I manage the future? Why should I go on?”—Kate Millett
The Listeners imagines a future where technology is far more advanced than today, but where people and computers still struggle to communicate. But today, many schools’ ICT lessons are being criticised for not teaching young people enough about technology or what it can do - and are often trying to teach simple tasks that pupils have often learnt on their own.
This article collects some young people’s thoughts about their lessons. If learning how to use technology is so difficult today, can our imagined future really be that far away?