All round theatre practitioner Olusola Oyeleye shares insights from her training in France as well as the UK in her Masterclass. Her time in France has honed her ideas about the importance of bridging psychological and physical elements in theatre-making. She also regards her direction of a piece as primarily ‘ensemble’ in style – requiring the cooperation and collaboration of all the actors, designers, and producers from the beginning.
Oyeleye stresses the importance of ‘growing’ the work and the director’s role in ensuring that the team’s skills are being used in service to the play.
Oyeleye calls on theatres to ‘open up’ their buildings, to allow young people and other voices usually marginalised to make use of the buildings. With guidance and administration theatre could be revitalised, re-structured in ways that will stimulate new stories, innovation, and healing from the pandemic.