This week, Fiona Lindsay considers why 'communication' is so loaded with meaning...

Earlier this week, wearing my non-Digital Theatre hat, I spent the day in the company of the executive team of a global communications giant. My job was to help them become match fit for the performances they are about to make as part of their annual conference season. The biggest challenge with this sort of work is convincing individuals with senior jobs that they could perhaps learn something from being immersed in theatre and performance practice. The centrepiece of conferences like these require all the ingredients of a theatrical production, and the execs involved are the leading players. The purpose of these conferences is to reach out into the industry and to inspire faith, endorse the product, and encourage recommendation that ensures growth and development. Making connections, connections, and connections is of the utmost importance.

I find it curious, however, that despite this the most vital connection seems to be between an individual and their smartphone. Everyone always seems so busy and too distracted to actually engage in the business of real and direct communication. Is time such a dictator that we don't seem to have a moment to stop, look up, and enjoy the gift of a spoken exchange with others? You may be wondering what this muttering has to do with anything. Well, here's the link...

Listening to the team stress the value of connectivity, I realised that the word has a different currency for those of us in the education and entertainment sectors. For us, it means to truly reach out and penetrate our audience. In business I think it's another way of making us think we need certain services to speed up our lives a bit; not that finding more time in a day isn't of value. Of all the professions, teaching seems to be the one in most need of extra hours in a day. Of course that's not actually possible but what is, is enabling those who teach to have access to resources that support them; to have connectivity to material that is substantial and that frees up the bandwidth in their minds to allow space for creative thinking.

I'd like to think the logic in how we assemble our Digital Theatre Plus resources facilitates this and gives educators breathing space to enjoy the riches that teaching can offer. It doesn't have to be nose to the grindstone (or smartphone) at all times and it's criminal for any organisation that creates educational content to make a teacher's life feel even more fiddly and thinly spread.

Today we launch another of our special Kits for teachers, this time with the focus on the wonderfully perceptive work of Henrik Ibsen. He's not a dramatist that rushes things or gives cursory attention to important matters. He truly connects to his writing and reminds his audience that taking time to consider the consequence of actions is vital to leading happy and fulfilled lives. For me he is a communication giant whose legacy will outperform most of the high-tech invention of today. That's true connectivity.

Explore the Henrik Ibsen Teacher Kit here