Happy World Theatre Day
I’m excited for the stars waiting in the wings! As the world returns to 100% occupancy in theatres (such as New Zealand, Australia and most of Asia), new stars will be discovered, new shows will thrill, revivals of the past will bring joy.
“This day is a celebration for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “theatre”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.“
World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. It is celebrated annually on the 27th March by the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events are organized to mark this occasion. The message is spread across stages around the world through performances.
The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.
This years World Theatre Day Message 2021 is by Dame Helen Mirren, DBE:
“This has been such a very difficult time for live performance and many artists, technicians and craftsmen and women have struggled in a profession that is already fraught with insecurity.
Maybe that always present insecurity has made them more able to survive this pandemic with wit and courage.
Their imagination has already translated itself, in these new circumstances, into inventive, entertaining and moving ways to communicate, thanks of course in large part to the internet. Human beings have told each other stories for as long as they have been on the planet. The beautiful culture of theatre will live for as long as we stay here.
The creative urge of writers, designers, dancers, singers, actors, musicians, directors, will never be suffocated and in the very near future will flourish again with a new energy and a new understanding of the world we all share.
I can’t wait!”
— Helen Mirren
For more information, visit: https://www.world-theatre-day.org