"In short, there is so much you can learn from consuming the art that came before you; you’ll deepen your understanding of your craft, and contextualise your place in its long history. Even if you’re planning the revolution on all that has come before, works considered canon in theatre (and cinema) need to be studied and interrogated if you wish to address these inequities and, ultimately, dismantle the system. Learn what has come before you and you will have a better chance of understanding the present and how it might change in the future. You don’t need to spend your last money for the month seeing the latest production of your national theatre company’s Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, just get your hands on a copy of the play and read that instead. There is honestly no better way you can improve yourself as an artist." Read more at Stage Milk.