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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Oily Cart’s Tim Webb: Young audiences with complex disabilities ‘are hidden – there is a real need for this work’ by Jo Caird

After 37 years at the helm of Oily Cart, which works with ‘the most hard to reach’, Tim Webb is stepping down,

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Kika’s Birthday review at Little Angel Theatre – ‘charming but lacks oomph’ by Jo Caird

Today is Sophie’s 16th birthday, so her mother is baking a cake. As Danyah Miller (who co-wrote the show with John Miller)

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Michael Rosen’s Chocolate Cake review at Polka Theatre, London – ‘deliciously moreish’ by Jo Caird

Based on a poem by the former Children’s Laureate, this diverting show from Polka Theatre artistic director Peter Glanville and singer-songwriter Barb

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Randy Skinner: Meet the choreographer behind 42nd Street’s dazzling routines by Jo Caird

After becoming a choreographer almost by accident, Randy Skinner went on to develop some of Broadway and the West End’s most enduring

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Monday, March 26, 2018

The pits: why are no women leading West End orchestras? by Jo Caird

Women are few and far between when it comes to orchestras, but a recent snapshot of the West End showed no female

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dear Zoo review at Churchill Theatre, Bromley – ‘irritatingly one-note’ by Jo Caird

If you have a child, you’ll have read Dear Zoo – many, many times probably. First published in 1982, this simple story

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Friday, February 9, 2018

The Moor review at Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘loses the plot’ by Jo Caird

Leaving their baby daughter with a sitter for the night, Bronagh and Graeme go to a party at the working men’s club

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Julius Caesar review at Northbury Primary School, Barking – ‘a vivid experience’ by Jo Caird

Julius Caesar isn’t the most obvious choice for an audience of children aged seven to 13, but director Marieke Audsley’s new production,

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

How Parents in the Performing Arts is giving theatre a creche course in caring by Jo Caird

Established just two years ago, Parents in the Performing Arts has launched a charter and toolkit to help theatres become inclusive and

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Hush-A-Bye review at Arts Depot, London – ‘magical’ by Jo Caird

Every aspect of the theatre experience has been carefully considered in Hush-A-Bye, a gently interactive show for children aged three to five (there’s a

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Wilde Creatures review at Vaudeville Theatre, London – ‘wry, moralistic tales’ by Jo Caird

Part of a year-long celebration of Oscar Wilde at the Vaudeville, Wilde Creatures takes a look at the writer’s lesser known works – his fairy

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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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