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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I make my festive show shine? by John Byrne

I started off as an all-singing, all-dancing stage school kid. At drama school, my interests developed in a somewhat different direction: towards

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Elif Knight’s first job – ‘Sometimes you are thrown in the deep, you have to be ready for anything’ by John Byrne

My first audition was when I was nine so good luck trying to get me to remember! I was going to Saturday

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Elizabeth Talbot, professor of movement: ‘Own your body, there’s a myth it belongs to others’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I remember at eight being spellbound by the movement in a production of A Midsummer

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I benefit from a ‘small job’? by John Byrne

A press officer gave a guest talk at our drama school just before graduation. She told us the best time to start

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Robyn Grant: ‘Just before I went into my first audition, a pot of glitter exploded in my bag’ by John Byrne

My first audition came a few months after graduating. It had been quiet and suddenly I was self-taping for a big musical

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Robert Gordon: ‘In musical theatre, sing as part of an ongoing drama, not to show technical virtuosity’ by John Byrne

How did you start teaching musical theatre? I seized an opportunity in 2003 to introduce an MA in musical theatre that filled

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Not just for Christmas: theatre charities supporting the industry by John Byrne

Although this time of year is most associated with giving, numerous charitable organisations operate all year round. John Byrne explains how their

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Careers Clinic: How should I prepare as an understudy? by John Byrne

Over a longish career, I have never quite seen myself in the understudy role, but that’s exactly where I am at the

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

My First Job: Actor Martin Delaney – ‘I learned what kindness looked like, and what it didn’t’ by John Byrne

My first ever job was in a musical theatre production of Peter Pan at the Cambridge Theatre, Covent Garden. It was my

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ALRA’s Dylan Stafford: ‘Embrace your uniqueness and it will get you that perfect acting job’ by John Byrne

How did you start off in theatre? I was involved in youth groups and studied a BA in performance at Northumbria. I

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My first job: Joan Iyiola – ‘I learnt the value of asking for help when I need it’ by John Byrne

My first job was in the 2012/13 winter season at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The shows were Boris Godunov, The Orphan of

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Vocal teacher Rosie Williamson: ‘My guru of musical theatre perfection is Julie Andrews’ by John Byrne

Rosie Williamson teaches at Arts Educational Schools London, the Sing Space and in her private vocal practice. She tells John Byrne about

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

My First Job: Will Alder – ‘Don’t be afraid to put yourself out of your comfort zone’ by John Byrne

My first job was as sound designer and production manager for Bred in Heaven. It was for the Welsh company Frapetsus, directed

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Theatremaker and teacher John Wright: ‘Let playfulness become a discipline’ by John Byrne

The associate of Told by an Idiot and visiting director at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama tells John Byrne

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

My first job: Sukh Ojla – ‘Workshop auditions terrify me to this day’ by John Byrne

My first job was working for CragRats, doing a tour of schools in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas with a play

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Theatre director, actor and coach Jeremy Stockwell – ‘Teachers need to encourage pro-activism and self-sufficiency by John Byrne

Jeremy Stockwell is an associate teacher at RADA. He tells John Byrne about his work… How did you start off in theatre?

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Movement director Polly Bennett: ‘We asked our friends to donate a play – the library now has 3,000’ by John Byrne

Polly Bennett co-founded support organisation the Mono Box. She tells John Byrne about her work… How did the Mono Box start? My

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Careers Clinic: Should I do a ‘scripted reality’ TV show? by John Byrne

Since starting work as an actor, I have come across new acting heroes. They might be less well known than the big

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

James Issitt: ‘We need to develop the offer to students so that more northern and working-class actors can train’ by John Byrne

James Issitt is a senior lecturer in drama at the University of Cumbria. He tells John Byrne about his work… How did

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How to… draw from your other work in your acting by John Byrne

1. Find your advantage An interesting life makes for an interesting actor. What’s your other job? Every actor I know has at least

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My First Job: Linda Regan – ‘I was paid in ice-cream and donkey rides’ by John Byrne

My first employment, that I remember, was at the age of four. My father was a struggling comic and an agent. He

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Careers Clinic: Is it too soon to dump my agent? by John Byrne

I was delighted to get interest from a couple of good agents on the back of my graduate showcase, and as I

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

My First Job: Kelle Bryan – ‘Acting from an early age taught me to manage disappointment’ by John Byrne

My first professional job is an interesting question to answer. I went to stage school from age 11 and the school had

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How to… achieve equal representation for actresses by John Byrne

1. Let the stories represent themselves The Equal Representation for Actresses Campaign focuses on redressing the balance in commissioned work. Commissioning is so

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How to choose the right postgraduate course for you by John Byrne

For anyone wanting to pursue theatre training after their university degree, there’s a bewildering range of options across the UK. Students and

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I apply for a day job when I have only acting experience? by John Byrne

As a recent graduate, I have lots of plans and dreams for my acting career over the next few years. It was

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

How to… learn stand-up comedy by John Byrne

1. Dive in You do not necessarily have to do a comedy course to try stand-up comedy. Do watch professional stand-up comics, check

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My first job: Emma Hatton – ‘Work hard and be nice. You are never too good for any job’ by John Byrne

My first job was the role of Twyla in the Finborough Theatre production of a show called When Midnight Strikes, written by

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should I lie on my CV to get castings? by John Byrne

I finished my acting foundation course at the beginning of the summer. I’d like to do more training eventually but for the

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

How to… work with puppets for the first time by John Byrne

1. Puppets are just like people* When an audience watches a puppet, we want them to suspend their disbelief in the same way

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I move from dancing to acting? by John Byrne

I have racked up a strong CV as a professional dancer including many West End and touring shows. I’ve always been equally

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