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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jess Gow: How to cope when past feuds or drunken snogs turn up at work by Jess Gow

Everyone has a past. A history. And all of us have made mistakes. And in theatre, those mistakes have a habit of sneaking

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jess Gow: For most of us, backstage work was not plan B by Jess Gow

About a year ago, I was working at a repertory theatre when we had a work-experience guy in. He was shadowing me

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jess Gow: As a stage manager, I love auditions by Jess Gow

Recently I have been spending my days stage-managing the auditions for a large-scale and very lengthy tour. Incredibly lengthy: 20 months on

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jess Gow: Stage managers should learn from one another by Jess Gow

I have only a week or so left working as deputy stage manager on my current production, although the show itself will

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jess Gow: Producers of Posh offering a pittance to stage management is an irony too far by Jess Gow

A couple of days ago I read about the all-female production of Posh. I concluded it was something I would probably really

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Jess Gow: Lateness isn’t an adorable trait, but a damaging attitude by Jess Gow

Every now and again an article about punctuality will do the rounds on Twitter and Facebook, and the headline is usually something

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Jess Gow: Nothing prepares you for the loneliness of stage management by Jess Gow

When I graduated from drama school I realised there were many things I simply wasn’t prepared for, such as the importance of

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jess Gow: It’s not the stage manager’s job to be the actors’ friend by Jess Gow

If I could go back in time and tell my 20-year-old stage manager self three things, those things would be these: 1.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Jess Gow: Sometimes old methods need a fresh approach by Jess Gow

I’m not a fan of the ‘inspirational’ quotes that relentlessly appear on social media and have purposefully muted friends who post them.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Why I'm Really Happy About Emma Rice Leaving The Globe by Jess Gow

There has been so much talk recently about the departure of Emma Rice from The Globe, and I simply had to wade in and express my thoughts via the internet. I mean, I’m a theatrical blogger…

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jess Gow: Perfection is an impossible dream even for the best of us by Jess Gow

I am not perfect. And nor have I ever claimed to be. I may write extensively about stage management but that does

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Jess Gow: For a freelance, it can feel like it’s always your first day at school by Jess Gow

I get envious of my friends who don’t work in theatre for various reasons: they get their evenings free, they can book

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Jess Gow: If money’s tight, rein in your costs – don’t take advantage of the crew by Jess Gow

Everyone is restricted by budgets, in their personal lives and in their work. I mean, there are luxury items that I would

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jess Gow: Social media is not perfect, but I’d never abandon it by Jess Gow

It appears to me that the rise of social media has affected stage management and the way that we do things. Many

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jess Gow: Backstage opinions matter far more than Billington’s by Jess Gow

It’s almost impossible for backstage staff not to form an opinion on whatever production it is that they are working on. Even

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Jess Gow: High-profile shows bring out the unfriendly side of Facebook by Jess Gow

I have just finished working on a high-profile production and, during the course of the run, found myself getting a particular type

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Jess Gow: Don’t fret about tax – file your return early by Jess Gow

The life of a self-employed theatrical worker is a complex and sometimes confusing one. We are constantly dealing with the unknown and

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Jess Gow: University of the rehearsal room gave me all the form I needed by Jess Gow

A few weeks ago, I needed to fill out a job application form for a stage management role. I found this process

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jess Gow: Why stage managers were offended by ‘that’ article by Jess Gow

When I was a little girl, I decided that I wanted to show my wonderful mum just how much I loved her.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Jess Gow: Christmas may be for gifts, but skills deserve fair pay by Jess Gow

After a whole year on the road, I find myself unceremoniously deposited into the magical month of December, a time of festivity

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Backstage: Rick Clutton – ‘Everyone assumed I’d gone to drama school’ by Jess Gow

When you look at drama school prospectuses, it is easy to come to the conclusion that the only way to start a

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Jess Gow: We work better together to get what we want by Jess Gow

Despite being on a year-long tour, I have managed to achieve a couple of things in the past month, other than eat

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Welcome Home by Jess Gow

It is two o’clock in the morning.And I am wide awake.I’m lying on an alarmingly soft mattress underneath a wafer thin duvet, staring at the cracks in the ceiling and trying to place the …

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Jess Gow: Sorry to nag, but it’s important you read this by Jess Gow

I am boring. Really, truly boring. My lifestyle choices mean that I have swapped boozy nights out on tour for running, fitness

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Touring Together by Jess Gow

Touring is hard.One of the hardest things you’ll ever do.And they don’t tell you that in your interviews or auditions.On the first day of rehearsals for a tour, I can never help but star…

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Boring Bitch by Jess Gow

I am boring.Seriously.Really, truly, fucking boring.Although I had been having suspicions about this prominent characteristic of mine for quite some time, it was only about a year and a half…

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Haunted by Jess Gow

I'm not scared of ghosts.Not in the slightest.I don't think I really believe in them and when I lie alone in my bed in the darkest and stormiest nights, it is my tax bill and the Tories whic…

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Friday, July 25, 2014

88 Miles Per Hour by Jess Gow

 I love ‘Back To The Future.’I do. We had it recorded off the telly onto a VHS (complete with 80’s adverts) and I just watched it all the time.  All the time. I don’t thi…

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Three Little Holes by Jess Gow

'Close your eyes, Jessica. Be a good girl and close your eyes. Just count to ten and close your eyes.'I closed my eyes obediently. I was very obedient in the hospital. More obedient than I e…

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Flying by Jess Gow

'Right here is where you start paying. In sweat.'I love the movie 'Fame'. I really do. However, I sometimes wish they showed more of the stage management department. You know, some harassed …

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Theatricals Assemble (That's Not My Job: Part Two) by Jess Gow

I published my last blog post, 'That's Not My Job', on Thursday morning not long after I had woken up. I guess it was around 8 o'clock in the morning. I had submitted the brief column to 'Th…

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