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    In this weeks stage there is a guide to working in 'Adult entertainment; Nude dancing and such. Which is pretty much each to there own. It also has a picture of a nude women.

    Should The Stage be carrying this article? Comments please. Thanks..

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    Which is exactly why I don't even glance at The Stage. This business is hard enough without being regularly told that you're not even one step away from a lap dancer.

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    Well I guess as so many of the job adverts are for nude dancers they're bowing to the pressure of advertising... I don't buy The Stage for the job ads anyway, but to keep in touch with what's going on in the industry.

    I don't know if the article should be in there or not, but as I'm guessing a lot of people consider turning to this kind of work out of desperation it's only right for The Stage to write a fair and balanced article weighing up the pros and cons so that people are at least informed about what they might be letting themselves in for.

    It's up to you how you earn your money when you're not acting and as long as it's not illegal it's not anyone elses business.

    Now let's see how the article turns out...

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  • Blake J Askew

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    Whether we agree or not, there are many that DO this type of work, but John Byrne has also got an article in there in an indirect way saying that this sort of work in a way will make it hard to be seen as a legit performer should you choose to walk away form it.

    i thinnk he is the voice of reason in it, as I know him and he would not be supportive of it- but if they are going to do this sort of work, at least do it safely.

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    I am not making a judgement. I want to make that clear. I have friends who dance for a living. I am just saying I don't think it would help your career would it? The Stage is about career development.

    Would that help or hinder a career? I think the stage should have had a more balanced article. It was very pro but John was to cryptic and vague.

    • 25th Sep 2007
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    Ahhh the Stage, how it is heading downhill and very fast.

    There is a need to talk about roles that require nudity (partial or full) because as an actor/actress we may be asked to do it for a role (especially for new performers so they are not taken advantage from dodgy wannabe casting agents) but seriously the stage made it look like totty !!!

    Shame on them.

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    I agree. I am sick of Belle Du Jour and all these things that glamourise women selling there bodies.It DOES have an emotional efect. It's not the same thing but all that we seem to have gotten from fighting for equal rights is doing everything ( kids and career ) and now women pimp themselves instead. Blah to that

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  • Nathan Head

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    there are allsotrs of thoughts going through my head

    but i guess its just envy 'cos i don't have the body that could get away with doing a sexy dance :-(

    • 25th Sep 2007
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    I suppose for me being 5ft 9 and busty and blond I'm type casting myself into these 'sexy roles' and its a tad depressing (although I shouldnt complain as it is paid acting work)but still its very annoying to see such articles being printed in publications like stage. And then they have adds advertising table dancers aka strippers and all sorts as it seems they think that as actresses were one step away from being table dancers.

    They beautiful thing about being an actor/actress is that we can live out roles/occupations or situations that we would never do in real life, but its really worrying when the two worlds cross over.

    Honestly it was an article that didn't need to be printed or could have been broached differently, We all know that if you enter into that type of employment on the side then it will effect your image, it shouldnt but it does.Its the double edged sword, and its not fair.

    Shame on them for printing it, shame on the people who judge and its a shame it exists at all.

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  • Leila Reid

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    no, I don't think it should be in there the stage markets itself as career development how is becoming a lap dancer career development? the stage has gone seriously down hill, I don't even know why anyone still buys it as it is not in touch with the industry at all!

    • 25th Sep 2007
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    Very eloquently put Clare, Bravo!

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    Remember in Shakespeare's time...

    The men used to dress up as woman!!!

    There will always be a seedy side to our industry...

    Porn films for one...

    Where does acting start and where does it finish?

    Standards certainly need to be raised!

    But who is going to push the boulder up the hill???

    **;~))

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    Thankyou Catherine.

    I totally agree with you on everything.

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    I would like to just point out that The Stage isn't just intended to be for actors... That's an assumption that everyone seems to be making, but it's for anyone in the performing arts industry including backstage. Just because the perspective was a little actor centric (but of course)... But dancers buy The Stage too.

    Although, the few people that I have met who have had to (or chosen to) stoop to stripping to pay the rent/bills/childcare/tuition fees haven't come from a performance background at all.

    Maybe people should get off their high horse? Just a thought...

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    Very eloquently put Clare, Bravo!

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    High horse you say???

    FAR toooooo quick to judge.

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  • Andrew Lawden

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    well said , all of you . the sad reality is, its to do with money and advertising with no regulation on the aadverts any more , as the profession is quite widespread, ( oops , no pun intended!)

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    High horse you say. Far tooooo quick to judge !!

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  • Toni Brooks

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    Sorry Clive but what has men dressing as women in Elizabethan theatre got to do with sleaze? It was the pollitical norm for those days - at least in England. There was nothing sleazy about it at all. The sleaze came in during the Reformation when women were allowed - through a royal decree from Charles II - to appear on stage THEN, the men started to regard those actresses as mere prostitutes because they showed themselves in public. Only very few were regarded with any esteem.

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    Sorry Antoinette...

    I was introducing some humour into the debate...

    :)

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