Leith Taylor

Leith Taylor
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“Rocky Horror” Allegations Throw A Spotlight On Acting Boundaries, On And Off Stage

Where do the boundaries lie between exploring every possibility an acting role offers and still behaving appropriately, with respect to other performers? This week Victoria Police confirmed they were investigating allegations of indecent assault and sexual harassment involving actor Craig McLachlan in his lead role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Show musical during 2014. Three actresses have complained about McLachlan’s behavior. McLachlan, who strenuously denies the allegations, has since left the production. McLachlan has reportedly described Rocky Horror as “a confrontational musical oozing with sexuality.” To “make” the show, he said, “actors have to perform certain actions,...

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Out Of Character: How Acting Puts A Mental Strain On Performers

Performers are twice as likely as the general population to experience depression, according to the 2015 Australian Actors’ Wellbeing Study. Many suffer from performance anxiety and report high levels of stress arising from work-related pressures such as low income and job insecurity. Research over many years has acknowledged that those drawn to working in the arts tend to be highly vulnerable to depression and anxiety. However, there are contributing factors to the strikingly high levels of anxiety and stress specific to the acting community. These include the deep emotions they are often required to access and express when playing a...

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