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HWRK Magazine: Issue 3 - Spring 2018

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drama club Oscar winner wants sign for all Meet the schoolgirl from Swindon who’s hoping to bring sign language into classes aisie Sly, the six-year-old star of the British short film that won an Oscar in March, has called on Theresa May to allow deaf children to study sign language in schools. Writer Rachel Shenton and her fiancé Chris Overton, the film’s director, joined Maisie’s parents, Elizabeth and Gilson, who are also deaf, in signing a Sunday Times letter calling for schools to teach GCSE sign language. The Silent Child has attracted worldwide acclaim since the Academy Awards and work has now started on the sequel, which will tell Libby’s story as she grows up. Maisie has been asked to reprise her role. The 20-minute drama, about a caring social worker who teaches a deaf child to use sign language walked away with the Best Live Action Short statuette during a glitzy night with the stars at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. The Times’s letter states 97% of young people believe British sign language should be offered in schools. It said the success of The Silent Child shows that “when society, family and government reach out to support deaf children, there is absolutely nothing they can’t achieve”. At the Oscars Rachel made her acceptance speech in British Sign Language – after having made a promise to Maisie. Rachel said at the time: “I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that if we won I’d sign this speech, but my hands are shaking.” She added: “Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence. It’s not exaggerated or sensationalised for the movie. This is happening. Millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers, particularly in access to education. “Deafness is a silent disability. You can’t see it and it’s not life threatening so I want to say the biggest of thanks to the Academy for allowing us to put this in front of a mainstream audience.” “Millions of children all over the world live in silence... particularly in access to education” 42 // HWRK MAGAZINE // Spring 2018 hwrkmagazine @hwrk_magazine

ARTS Breaking a leg! Six top tips for smashing an audition and getting on a musical theatre course W hether you’re a student with ambitions to become a platinum album selling popstar, or an Oscar winning actor, or even a drama or dance school teacher looking to get your Year 12 ready for the uncompromising world of auditioning, HWRK is here to help. We’ve teamed up with Stephanie Wallace Carr, Creative Director of Musical Theatre at LMA on Merseyside to offer some tips and advice on how to smash a theatre course audition. So, dress to impress, head back, chest out and pull back the curtain before giving it your best shot. After all, a star is born every day. 1 PRESENTATION Overall appearance is an important part of auditioning. You must go to your audition as the best version of yourself. Be neat, tidy, stylish and comfortable. 2 BE PREPARED Dress for the activity you may be undertaking. Don’t try and be something you are not with outfits, hair and makeup. Take all your dance shoes! 3 SUITABLE MATERIAL Choose a monologue/song that relates to the course. If it’s musical theatre choose a song from a musical you can belt out. It’s important to sing the most impressive part of the song. 4 DO YOUR RESEARCH On both the college or university and the course. Impress by researching the audition material. Know your shows so you can also discuss the pieces you are performing. 5 SHOW ENTHUSIASM We all love an enthusiastic, energetic, friendly student. This is the place for you, so kill them with confidence and likability. 6 BE PUNCTUAL Arrive at least 20 minutes early to ensure you can fully warm up and prepare. This shows you are dedicated and reliable. Being late gives off a bad impression. “For more details of courses available at LMA visit: lma.ac.uk” hwrkMAGazine.co.uk Spring 2018 // HWRK MAGAZINE // 43