We asked Priscilla Adade-Helledy, actress from Exhibit B, what #TheNextFrontier means to her.
This response is written having personally experienced the closing down of Exhibit B in London and the fact that 300 policemen were needed in Paris to maintain the peace during its run.
After the attacks on Charlie Hebdo staff, the surprisingly uniform Oscar nominations and the constant struggle for actors of ethnic minority background, I can’t help but to believe that although we are in a business of artistic creation, which in essence should be open and free, there is still a long way to go. We need more tolerance, acceptance, openness, equality, opportunity and diversity.
Let’s go back to the original meaning of “theatre”: a place where we look at. Look at, not judge, not try to control, not politicise and certainly, not censor. It is crucial for its survival that the theatre stays a place of freedom, where everybody feels free to express their thoughts, their passion, their fears, theirs dreams: to express themselves- no matter what they look like, what they sound like – FREELY.
Priscilla Adade-Helledy is based in London and can be contacted via her website.