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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My First Job: Kacey Ainsworth – ‘I landed a role at my first audition’ by John Byrne

I had thought of attempting to recall all the way back to 1977 when, as an eight-year-old, I auditioned for the London

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How to… adapt your show for a non-traditional space by John Byrne

1. Know the environment well We work with two strands in our practice: black box theatre and canape routines, performed in places as

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Careers Clinic: Am I too different for commercials? by John Byrne

I trained in physical theatre and the work I have most enjoyed since graduating is very much the kind of show where

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My First Job: Michelle McTernan – ‘there’s nothing worse than not knowing why you’re saying something’ by John Byrne

My first professional job was a play called Flesh and Blood, written by Helen Griffin and directed by Phil Clark. It was

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How to… audition for Shakespeare by John Byrne

1. Foundations Make sure you read the whole play – a synopsis is useful but don’t rely on that alone. You must ensure

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I get over a rocky patch in getting acting and writing work? by John Byrne

I’ve had a generally successful career as an actor and writer so far. Or at least it was going quite well up

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Friday, March 10, 2017

How day jobs can serve up the chance to act by John Byrne

Recent calls to ban audience members from eating during performances have attracted widespread support from performers, critics and theatregoers alike. I’m hoping

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

My First Audition: Divian Ladwa – ‘it felt like it was all a silly boy’s dream’ by John Byrne

When I left school, I registered in various part-time courses at City Lit. The cost of drama school was beyond me. One

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How to… engage young people in acting by John Byrne

1. Feelings first When I ask young people at Next Generation Youth Theatre why they keep coming back, the resounding response is less

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Careers Clinic: As a self-represented actor, how do I negotiate my fees? by John Byrne

I am a self-represented actor who has so far been quite successful in getting my own work via networking and casting sites.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

My First Audition: Amanda Redman – ‘Being overweight nearly lost me the job’ by John Byrne

My first job was a six-month contract for the Bristol Old Vic theatre company as acting assistant stage manager, which meant playing

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How to… imitate famous people by John Byrne

1. Find the story When I began work on the script for Wisdom of a Fool [the story of Norman Wisdom] it became

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should I look for work while training as an actor? by John Byrne

I am in the second year of my three-year drama course and enjoying it very much. We have had the chance to

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

How to… promote a play by John Byrne

1. #Gethashtagging If you’re in a play and want to help get more bums on seats then you can’t shy away from the

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My First Audition: Charlie Carter by John Byrne

Although I’m not a musical theatre performer, my first audition was for a West End musical – the London revival of Oliver!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should I take a non-acting theatre job? by John Byrne

I’m a very committed graduate actor for whom my first year in the business has been successful from an artistic point of

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How to… devise a gender-neutral production by John Byrne

1. Swap and think Start by writing a scene between a man and a woman as you normally might, then swap the genders

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My First Job: Shobna Gulati by John Byrne

I have been working now for 32 years. I worked as a professional dancer, educator and maker as an individual and then

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I improve my casting profile? by John Byrne

I first set up my online casting profile when I finished my screen-acting course a year or two ago, mainly because everyone

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My First Job: Simon Warner by John Byrne

My first job was as a holiday park entertainer – coincidentally, in a park run by Warners. That was my dream job.

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How to… work at theme parks overseas by John Byrne

1. Plan your finances After studying performing arts at college, I secured a job as a performer at Disneyland Paris. I had to

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Careers Clinic: Am I ready to give audition workshops? by John Byrne

I’ve been to several Surviving Actors shows and similar industry events in the past and find them really useful. I normally meet

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How to… prepare for a movement or dance call by John Byrne

1. Take a class Preparing for a movement/dance call doesn’t mean packing a bag the morning of. It means putting into practice your

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My First Theatre Disaster: Niall Phillips by John Byrne

It was about six years ago and I wanted to create work. I was desperate, in fact. I rang and emailed every

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Careers Clinic: Will child actor roles help my career? by John Byrne

Between the ages of eight and 14, I worked fairly regularly as an actor on television and in several British-made features. Although

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Why teaching at stage school is a great option by John Byrne

Roald Dahl’s Miss Trunchbull might not be the first teacher who springs to mind when it comes to ensuring that young performers

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

How to… establish a rural arts festival by John Byrne

1. Create a festival world Rural areas can cover huge spaces and our audiences can’t necessarily afford the time and cost of travelling

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My First Audition: Lewis Griffiths by John Byrne

My first job was a local production of Peter Pan in the late 1990s. Not so much a pantomime but a Christmas

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I host an awards ceremony? by John Byrne

I’ve been asked to host a theatrical industry awards ceremony. I’m not quite sure why they chose me over other more seasoned

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My First Theatre Project: Joan Armatrading by John Byrne

A self-taught singer-songwriter, I started to write songs at the age of 14. No one asked me to do it, I just

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How to… use audition failure to fuel future success by John Byrne

1. Leverage the power of labels The way we label events in our life is powerful. Most ‘unconscious’ actors label all negative audition

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