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Considering how successful Cambridge has been as a theatrical training ground for writers and performers, outsiders may be surprised to find that the university has no drama school.
The whole thing, Marlowe Society and Adc (Amateur Dramatic Club) presenting the classics, and Footlights tickling the comic muse, is kept going by the initiative of generation after generation of undergraduates. There are of course senior members of the university to advise and guide, but the various clubs lurch from flop to triumph with only ticket sales and members' enthusiasm and talent to sustain them.
Next week Cambridge celebrates the centenary of the Footlights, which came into existence on June 9, 1883. The Footlights has certainly lived off its wits. And what wits they have been. Skimming through Robert Hewison's centennial history of the club, the eye catches names like Ian Hay, »
I'm not going to say that television can't accurately depict the horror and tragedy of a school shooting. I'm just saying that it hasn't, yet, and probably won't.
Television is meant to entertain people in order to make money for networks and studios. Full stop.
People can talk about messages, and education, and addressing issues -- but in the end, we as an audience know that the goal is to get ratings and make money. And we as an audience shouldn't be okay with a TV show blatantly using the plight of real dead children and their families in order to do that.
This week's "Glee" episode was about a school shooting false alarm. Gunshots were fired on campus, and the lockdown and chaos that ensued made for riveting, emotional TV. Kids left teary goodbye videos for their loved ones; one boy had a panic attack in an attempt to get to his girlfriend, »
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