The Importance of Amateur Dramatics

The word ‘amateur’ gets thrown around as a negative one, conjuring up the idea that someone or something is inexperienced or clumsy. It seems people forget that the word comes from the Latin for ‘lover’.

Nathan Croft, who has a background in theatre and live performance, is producing a short film that explores this issue when it comes to amateur dramatics.

Having performed with many companies across the South East, Nathan went on to professionally train at London South Bank University. Using his experience from performing with amateur dramatic companies, Nathan’s short film focuses on the importance of amateur dramatics from a skillset perspective. The film explores the multidisciplinary skills that members of community theatre groups can develop, and how they are put into practice in their day-to-day life and or work; showing that amateur dramatics play ‘No Small Parts’ in someone’s professional journey.

No Small Parts: The Importance of Amateur  looks at the stories and experiences of members from a particular theatre company based in Lewes; Lewes Little Theatre Club. Founded in 1939, the Little Theatre Guild member has been giving the people of Lewes, and surrounding areas, the opportunity to see and get involved with all aspects of theatre for over 80 years. Not to mention to a very high standard!

Why are amateur dramatic companies important to the local community?

What are some of the unknown opportunities that can be gained from both audiences and members, that can be overlooked because of the word ‘amateur’?

Find out when ‘No Small Parts: The Importance of Amateur Dramatics’ airs on Latest TV this April.

Nathan has been able to create this piece while being enrolled on the Digital Technologies and Live Streaming course run by Latest Group CIC and Latest TV, in partnership with East Sussex College in Newhaven. Working with members of the Latest TV team, students learn to script, film, edit and deliver TV programmes; ready for broadcast on the Brighton TV station and streaming.

Latest TV broadcasts on Freeview 7,
Virgin Media 159 and online.

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