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Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Ramshackle House review at Stratford Circus, London – ‘magic’ by Jo Caird

Telling a story through contemporary circus is a feat attempted by many, but achieved by regrettably few. With The Ramshackle House, Upswing

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Ugly Duckling review at the Albany, London – ‘smart, funny and relatable’ by Jo Caird

Tutti Frutti Productions begins its adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s story of a baby bird hatched into the wrong nest using puppetry, then

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Richard O’Brien: ‘Never underestimate luck’ by Jo Caird

Richard O’Brien loves populist things. “I really am a small-brained human being, and adolescence formed all of my fantasies and my journey,”

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brian Blessed: ‘I’m not bitter towards the West End. I just can’t stand it’ by Jo Caird

Brian Blessed, it turns out, is a hard man to interrupt. Not until nearly two hours after my arrival at the Surrey

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Backstage: the actors putting tech centre stage by Jo Caird

Backstage skills are not something you’re likely to find on the CV of your average performer – most of them, in fact,

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Backstage: Fitting up and fitting in on tour by Jo Caird

If the secret of comedy is timing, the same can certainly be said of the technical side of touring. All-night fit-ups, a

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Backstage: Cardboard Citizens – turning homeless hostels into theatres by Jo Caird

Anyone in touring theatre will tell you that taking a show on the road requires additional ingenuity from a design and production

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Marcus Romer: ‘Live streaming can affect, engage and inspire people’ by Jo Caird

The word ‘digital’ will no longer be used soon, says Marcus Romer, former artistic director of Pilot Theatre and one of the pioneers

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Backstage: How costumes and lights give dance life by Jo Caird

There is a much smaller pool of people who work in dance compared with theatre and opera, explains lighting designer Guy Hoare.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Backstage: How are we training the next generation? by Jo Caird

It’s an exciting time for Creative and Cultural Skills, the body responsible for preparing young people for work in the creative industries.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Darren Henley: Arts Council is ‘working on a 25-year plan for culture’ by Jo Caird

Arts Council England chief executive Darren Henley has spoken out about the need for the arts and culture sector to attract talent

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Wales Millennium Centre staff recognised with apprenticeship award by Jo Caird

Staff at the Wales Millennium Centre have been announced as winners of the Creative and Cultural Skills theatre award for their longstanding

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Monday, February 15, 2016

It’s all change for lighting designers by Jo Caird

Some lighting designers call themselves artists, while for others this type of work is more accurately described as a craft. Given the

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Backstage: Harnessing the power of the written word with Stagetext by Jo Caird

“My script is covered in notes saying ‘Wait!’ ” says Alex Romeo, with a chuckle. Pre-empting a punchline or a dramatic moment

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Melanie Sharpe: ‘We’re committed to reaching the widest possible part of the population’ by Jo Caird

You took over as chief executive of Stagetext recently – what’s on the agenda for the charity under your leadership? Stagetext has

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Invisible Treasure: A play with no cast by Jo Caird

Invisible Treasure is an immersive show without a cast. Jo Caird talks to its creator Rachel Briscoe… “It’s weird at the moment

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Does your show pass the Bechdel test? by Jo Caird

Think back to your last theatre production. Were there at least two female characters on stage? Did they talk to each other?

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Backstage: All the best productions have been touched by an Angel by Jo Caird

“These rooms have been flat out, absolutely crazy.” Jeremy Angel, the seventh generation of the Angels clan to be involved in the

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

International: Bringing a taste of Mexico to the UK by Jo Caird

“The joy of programming this festival is that nobody knows anything about Latin American theatre,” says Daniel Goldman, founding artistic director of

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Backstage: Meet the prop makers building theatre’s illusory world by Jo Caird

Bottles that smash in just the right way. Puppets with such life to them that their puppeteers are all but forgotten. Replica

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Jenny Sealey: ‘Drama schools aren’t embracing the talent of disabled people’ by Jo Caird

Jenny Sealey, artistic director of Graeae, the UK’s foremost disabled-led theatre company, would have liked to return to the fringe before now

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Deborah Bestwick: ‘Ovalhouse has never been just a theatre’ by Jo Caird

When Deborah Bestwick took over as artistic director of the radical south London theatre and youth arts organisation Ovalhouse, her plan was

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Big Interview: Lucy Osborne by Jo Caird

“So many people had told us it wasn’t possible. That’s such a cliche but I don’t know how else to say it.

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Alecky Blythe: ‘I think I might have a nose for a story’ by Jo Caird

Alecky Blythe never intended to become a writer. “I only ever wanted to be an actor since I was very little,” she

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Should we toast Punchdrunk's Stella Artois gig or drown our sorrows? by Jo Caird

Does the theatre group's involvement in a lager launch damage its credibility? Or is corporate work just a sign of the times?

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Exploring the role of the usher by Jo Caird

Most of us take ushers for granted. They welcome audiences with a smile, help them navigate a labyrinth of foyers and staircases,

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Putting front of house front and centre by Jo Caird

Over the course of last year, audiences at the Royal Shakespeare Company consumed a staggering 318,464 alcoholic beverages, 226,373 hot drinks and

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Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Wrong Crowd: Pulling the strings while hitting the notes by Jo Caird

“This is the real brain- melt moment,” says mezzo-soprano Rebecca Afonwy-Jones, in a break in rehearsals for a new touring production of

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Insight: How mobile theatres are getting shows on the road by Jo Caird

Earlier this year, The Stage named as one of its theatre buildings of the year a portable structure that’s constructed in just

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Jess Thom AKA Tourette's Hero: comedy at its most unpredictable by Jo Caird

There's no telling what will come out of Jess Thom's mouth on stage. That's the joy of having Tourette's, she saysJess Thom had a lousy night out three years ago. It had nothing to do with t…

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Musical theatre made in China – but 'only if the price is right' by Jo Caird

China's appetite for Western musicals is growing, finds Jo Caird, but ticket prices are preventing audiences from doing likewise"More and more people know about musicals and more and more pe…

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