Feature in Issue 8-1 | Spring 1996

With the much publicised use of ecstasy in clubs today, many might feel that young people have gone too far in their search for pleasure. But the essence of clubbing has always been to have a good time, not necessarily induced by drugs or alcohol, but through dressing-up, dancing, looking good and taking in the music. Indeed, there are some clubs such as 'Woody's' in the City of London, and 'Barefoot Boogie' at Jackson's Lane which ban smoking and alcohol all together.

What creative and artistic role can artists play in providing an experimental playground for the young? Natasha Klugman, in collating the feature on Club Culture, draws our attention to the work of a number of artists programming and working in clubs around the country.

Looking at the reviews of this year's London International Mime Festival, shows included adaptations of classical texts, dance, devised and written work, improvisation and elements of many other forms of performance. It's good to see that these trends, which practitioners have been exploring for many years, have been incorporated into the Festival.

Also in this issue, Marie Remy gives us a Check List for arranging tour bookings, Mark Vis introduces his ideas for a monthly day of play, John Keefe and Sally Cook introduce a new theatrical collaboration, and Kevin Alderson reviews recent developments in Northern Arts.

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