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Thursday, August 17, 2017

How clearing can be a great route into theatre by John Byrne

Looking for a last-minute university place? Whether you didn’t get the results you were hoping for or have decided late in the

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I secure work all year round? by John Byrne

I’m really enjoying my time at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. We’ve had good houses and nice reviews. My one concern relates back

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My First Audition: Will Merrick – ‘The more you do, the more you’re ready for’ by John Byrne

My first professional audition was for the fifth and sixth series of TV’s Skins. I was still at college and was loving

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How to… combine performing with writing and producing by John Byrne

1. Plan and play Being a theatre polymath is fun and, unless you’ve got money-buttered bread, necessary. How many hats you wear is

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

The secret to debut success by John Byrne

As the inaugural shortlist for The Stage Debut Awards is announced, John Byrne speaks to actors and creatives about their first jobs Landing the lead role

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Careers Clinic: What’s my ‘fair share’ of commitment? by John Byrne

I came up to Edinburgh last week with a play that is running in an early evening slot. It’s not a bad

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I get over an awful Edinburgh? by John Byrne

I left drama school last year and my first job was a play that went up to Edinburgh. I had been looking

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My First Edinburgh: Ed Byrne – ‘I thought I had a good chance of winning’ by John Byrne

I have at least three Edinburgh ‘debut’ experiences. In 1994 I entered So You Think You’re Funny? at Gilded Balloon, which is

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How to… create an autobiographical show by John Byrne

1. How is the story bigger than you? The key question in the play will be: what is this particular story inviting your

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My First Audition: Chizzy Akudolu – ‘I had no idea what they were looking for, but knew I had to be funny’ by John Byrne

My first audition came through an ad in The Stage. The BBC was looking for comedy performers to write and perform in

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How to… do physical comedy by John Byrne

1. Beats In comedy plays there are beats within the text, but I’m focusing here on physical beats: a movement (or sometimes

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The serious business of comedy training by John Byrne

Can you learn to be funny? Maybe not, but courses, workshops and drama schools can teach prospective comedians how to hone their

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Careers Clinic: Is it too late for me to get an agent? by John Byrne

I finished the final showcase for my drama course a few weeks ago. It went very well and I got good feedback.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

My First Audition: Catherine Lamb – ‘I became uncontrollably nervous and completely messed it up’ by John Byrne

My first audition was for Blandings for the BBC. Susie Parriss was casting. It was so exciting but very intimidating at the

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How to… increase your confidence on stage by John Byrne

1. The belief mindset A solid belief in your abilities, training and business strategy is vital to increasing your confidence and advancing your

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should we pull our failing show? by John Byrne

A friend and I have formed a comedy sketch duo that has been doing well on the pub circuit for a year

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My First Audition: Johnnie Fiori – ‘I walked in and asked: ‘Is this a wake?” by John Byrne

I starting singing at the age of three. My great-grandfather would take me to roadside revivals to sing for visiting preachers. When

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How to… parody films and books for the stage by John Byrne

1. Pick your material carefully This is a very important one. Your job is to take someone else’s hard work, shorten it,

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I stop Twitter taking over? by John Byrne

I was once one of those actors who originally set up Facebook and Twitter accounts for no other reason except that my

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to… make theatre that engages the senses by John Byrne

1. Push theatre beyond sight and sound Our senses are the way we come to perceive or understand the world around us. To

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My First Audition: Christian Patterson – ‘I used to suffer from ‘Elvis legs’’ by John Byrne

After my college showcase in 1995, I met a lot of agents and decided to join Elspeth Cochrane. Mack and Mabel was

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I improve my audition skills? by John Byrne

After many applications, I was delighted when, at the beginning of this year, I finally got an agent. True to his word,

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

How to… incorporate magic into a stage production by John Byrne

1. Know the craft Not just magic in all its forms (close up, illusions, parlour, stage and outdoor), but also the craft of

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My First Job: Nina Kristofferson – ‘TV is a whole new ball game’ by John Byrne

I was in junior school in Smethwick, Birmingham, and got the opportunity to be a children’s presenter for the BBC. My school was

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Careers Clinic: Are my self-tapes too unfocused? by John Byrne

I’m no spring chicken in the acting stakes but I’ve always pushed myself to keep up with the times. I was one

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to… nail a commercial casting by John Byrne

1. Be open Commercial castings are very different to those of theatre, film and TV. You will have learned about the importance of

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My First Job: Sue Hodge – ‘I regret turning down an Equity card’ by John Byrne

My first job was a pantomime production in 1972 at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea. A producer by the name of Jerry Jerome

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should I go to an open audition? by John Byrne

Like all young actors, I have my wish list of people I’d like to work with and productions I’d like to be

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My First Job: Gina Yashere – ‘I swapped engineering for stand-up comedy’ by John Byrne

I didn’t have any performing experience before starting stand-up – I was working as an engineer. I took to comedy like a

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How to… start out as an actor later in life by John Byrne

1. Don’t be afraid to start Acting is one of the most wonderful vocations that you can choose to pursue. Once you start

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I delegate my gigs? by John Byrne

I’m partially funding my drama studies by singing opera at corporate events, weddings and other functions. I’m classically trained, and over the

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