March 11, 2021

Rugby v the Performing Arts

I’m a big rugby fan – especially the internationals. I think most of us go tribal from time to time. You might think rugby has nothing to do with the performing arts but I beg to differ.


A rugby match has a playing time of 80 minutes and a break at half time.
It’s played on a pitch by thirty players and an odd shaped ball.
There are rules so that players are agreed on what they do and cheaters are punished.
The point of it is to score as many tries as possible and to stop your opponents from doing the same.
Spectators pay to watch.


A performance has a time of about two hours and an interval.
It’s played by a cast of any number in a space we call theatre.
The focus of what happens bounces from one to another.
The story is agreed on and told as creatively as possible.
The point of it is to celebrate and investigate human behaviour.
The audience pays to watch.


“Sometimes it can be boring but when it’s good it can put you on the edge of your seat.”

The main connection is that both theatre and sport involve conflict – there are always two sides. They both have an outcome and the stakes are high for both sides. Sometimes it can be boring but when it’s good it can put you on the edge of your seat. Every time it begins it’s different because it’s happening in the here and now and can’t be repeated exactly the same.

I find them equally fascinating and apart from being a spectacle I wonder what they can give each other.

I wonder if those front row bulky forwards would make more delicate offloading passes if they had a few ballet classes and learnt 6th position. I wonder if drama classes could sharpen the thinking of the backs if we gave them the mindset of a villain who wanted to destroy everything in their path. And as for the pre match haka. A bit over the top I think with all that tongue sticking out malarkey. Perhaps fewer but more refined choir moves and a spot of 6-piece harmony would really scare the opposition!


And what can rugby give the performing arts? Well, it has to be the referee surely. If only people who didn’t know their lines or who didn’t focus properly got a red card and had to go to the sin bin – that would improve things for the better. The ref could even double as a critic and give us a running commentary through our headphones. Now that’s a thought.

At Theatretrain, we are proud of the emphasis we place on the many life skills that attending our classes in acting, singing and dancing can instil in young people. There is no greater feeling than seeing a child grow into a resilient and confident human being, ready to take on the world and the challenges that life can bring. Our all-inclusive performing arts schools throughout the UK are accessible to all young people and all you need to bring with you to our classes is energy, enthusiasm and commitment. To receive your FREE Welcome Pack or for further information visit and pop your postcode in, it is that easy.

Theatretrain, a nationwide provider of weekend theatre schools for young people aged 4-18, specialises in weekly classes in acting, singing, and dancing. An emphasis is placed on learning valuable life skills such as confidence, empathy, courage, and resilience. If you know a child who loves to dance, act and sing or could do with a little confidence boost why not visit to find out what our performing arts classes can offer your child at one of our 80 locations across the UK.

Related Articles

Summer Schools Make a Difference

Kevin Dowsett, Artistic Director of Theatretrain, highlights the transformative power of residential summer schools. These immersive experiences allow young people to step away from their daily routines and engage deeply in creative pursuits. At Theatretrain's summer school, participants form lasting friendships, hone their talents, and discover new dimensions of themselves through intensive workshops and collaborative activities.
Read more >

Company Call

Last Sunday, Theatretrain held the company call for their 102nd large-scale show. Artistic Director Kevin Dowsett witnessed seven Theatretrain companies, who had been rehearsing since February, come together for the first time. In just three hours, they transformed a school theatre into a hive of creativity and talent, setting the stage for an unforgettable performance. Read the full blog to dive into the details of this extraordinary day!
Read more >

Sometimes We’re All Empty Vessels

Dive into the captivating world of human behaviour and self-perception with Kevin Dowsett, Artistic Director of Theatretrain. From actors' veiled insecurities to the art of projecting confidence, Kevin explores the intricacies of the human condition. Discover how the stage becomes a training ground for courage, humility, and self-assurance, shaping tomorrow's resilient adults.
Read more >

The Best People Care

Enter the vibrant realm of Theatretrain alongside Artistic Director Kevin Dowsett, where character isn't measured by interactions with animals, but by how we treat children and young people. Join us as we explore the dichotomy of theatre technicians, from begrudging gatekeepers to enthusiastic allies, and the profound influence they have on the stage.
Read more >

Knock Knock Who’s there?

Join Kevin Dowsett, Artistic Director of Theatretrain, and his daughter Grace on a delightful journey through the whimsical world of knock-knock jokes. From Grace's infectious enthusiasm to Shakespearean echoes, each jest is a playful dance of control and delight that transcends generations.
Read more >

Going Mobile

Discover the impact of mobile phones on young minds in this insightful blog by Theatretrain's Artistic Director, Kevin Dowsett. With 25% of 5-7-year-olds owning phones, concerns arise. Yet, Theatretrain offers an escape, fostering a focus on arts and connection, free from distractions. Join the discussion on reclaiming youth in a smartphone-dominated world.
Read more >