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Worthing Theatre Invitation: Expect the Unexpected!

 

Jez Rose Picture credit: Alex Healy

Jez Rose
Picture credit: Alex Healy

Worthing’s theatres continue to be part of the new wave when award-winning behaviourist Jez Rose comes to the Connaught on September 26th.

Expect a performance of quick-witted and perceptive observations of human behaviour, delivered in a fast-paced comedy format that’s been called ‘a massage parlour for the mind’.  A memorable evening of audience participation is in store, where Jez can influence an individual’s decisions — and show how we unwittingly give ourselves away.

Jez commented:

“I am fascinated by human behaviour – which is pretty essential if you’re a behaviourist! With Oh, Behave! I wanted to shine the spotlight on some of the quirks of human behaviour we are faced with every day, like how we forget where we put things despite being convinced we thought we knew where they were, or how many people rely so heavily on their intuition, which is often flawed. I suppose the show is part Sherlock and part Derren Brown, but I have been described as the lovechild of Russell Brand and Kenneth Williams so who knows what you can expect! It’ll be fun for sure.”

Is he a behaviour expert, a comedian, a mentalist?  Jez is all these things and more; he is highly sought after in the business community where his behaviour change consultancy works with household names including Vodaphone, Dell and Volkswagen. His unique workshops and keynote presentations offer effective, acclaimed methods to change human behaviour: engaging, motivating and inspiring staff with proven techniques to work better, together.

Originally a student of psychology and human behaviour, Jez’s comedy career took off as he sought to fund his studies while working for the NHS. Fast forward several years and he also makes regular TV and radio appearances as an expert on changing behaviour – and making that change fun.

Jez says:

“I’m so excited about performing in Worthing – I always judge a town by its theatres and ability to have fun because it’s important in life that we don’t take ourselves too seriously.   There’s a great comedy line up including Jo Brand, Dawn French and Jimmy Carr, so Worthing clearly likes to have a good time!”

Blog readers can obtain tickets for the show at a special price of £10.00 per ticket. Simply call the Box Office on 01903 206 206 and mention the offer.

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Regional Theatres May Join In Cinema Broadcast Revolution

The Capitol Arts ComplexReaders of my blog will know that I’m a huge fan of the National Theatre’s NT Live project, the groundbreaking idea of transmitting theatre productions live from the London stage to cinemas around this country and beyond.  Last year the Shakespeare Theatre at Stratford on Avon became the latest theatre to join in the technology and London’s Royal Opera House  also has a Live Cinema season.

These projects have created entire new audiences who can experience the thrill of these live productions, which may have previously been denied to them on the grounds of economy, geography, or viability.  The positioning of the cameras changes for each production, but the viewer will always have ‘the best seat in the theatre’ and frequently the audience feels that they are on stage, right  alongside the cast.

Now in a further exciting development, Quantum, the UK’s leading broadcast cinema distributor is launching an initiative to help give regional theatres an edge.

Quantum’s Marc John  says:

“Critical acclaim for high quality regional productions often match London’s theatre output. The advent of transmitting live performances to cinemas, from the capital to the regions, has been perceived by some as a threat to the regional and touring sector. Research suggests otherwise. But, whatever the case, whilst the West End can beam shows out to us, we can also beam shows back.”

Quantum Digital’s groundbreaking programme Regional Live would enable a select number of regional shows to be beamed live to cinemas nationwide.  The invitation to join the programme will be made to a limited number of professional groups, with Quantum covering filming and broadcast costs.

Marc John is already a pioneer of beaming live performances to cinema: back in 2003 he persuaded Sony Music to broadcast a David Bowie concert to cinema audiences worldwide.  Reaching 22 countries it was an instant hit  — I’m certainly looking forward to updates on Marc’s latest venture!

 For the news story in full and contact details go to:  http://www.regionallive.co.uk

NT Live – Loving The Theatre

The fantastic National Theatre ‘Live’ initiative in which performances from the National Theatre complex on London’s South Bank are screened live to cinemas across the UK on a designated day now includes the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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