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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

My First Job: Anni Domingo – ‘my father changed his tune after seeing me on stage’ by John Byrne

My father, who believed I would never find work as an actress in England, was reluctant for me to study drama. He

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How to… stay positive while ‘resting’ by John Byrne

1. Accept reality For every performer, there will be times of feast and famine, sunshine and rain – even for those at the

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should I be suspicious of my agency? by John Byrne

I did a drama course at university, and then spent a few years getting my daytime job sorted. I was very conscious

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My First Job: Annette Andre – ‘I didn’t get stage fright on radio’ by John Byrne

I trained as a ballet dancer from the age of four at the academy linked to the Australian Ballet. At 15 I

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How to… get the most from a new-writing workshop by John Byrne

1. Be prepared Make sure your scripts or scores are printed, properly compiled and typed out very clearly, ready for the performers to

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can middle-aged actors get work? by John Byrne

I’m not quite in the ‘grandparent’ casting bracket although my 18-year-old daughter delights in reminding me that I started my acting career

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

My First Audition: Suzann McLean – ‘first audition nerves got me the job’ by John Byrne

I’m London-born but spent my school life in Peterborough. When it came to choosing which university to go to, I decided that

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How to… develop presence as an actor by John Byrne

1. Identity Having presence on stage and screen as well as creating a wider awareness of you as an actor is a subjective thing,

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I fit a day job around kids? by John Byrne

I have been reading your recent articles in The Stage on the difficulty of finding flexible day jobs, and wondered if you

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How to… create theatre using circus skills by John Byrne

1. Go beyond acts and routines Two hundred and forty-nine years ago, Philip Astley put a series of performers’ cabaret acts and daring

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Careers Clinic: Should I shave during a headshot shoot? by John Byrne

Apologies in advance if this is a stupid question. I have saved up enough for a proper headshot session, and I want

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Friday, March 31, 2017

My First Play: Leon Fleming – ‘I’ve had to become less precious about changes to my work’ by John Byrne

I stumbled upon a scriptwriting group called PostScript, which took place at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. One night I came along

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My First Job: Tom Ross-Williams – ‘failure can give rise to exciting moments’ by John Byrne

I owe a lot to youth theatres. I got both my first screen job and my first theatre job from being part

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How to… bring opera to a wider audience by John Byrne

1. Believe anything is possible with the right attitude Pop-Up Opera started with 12 performances and now we do 90 a year over

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Careers Clinic: How do I raise a teenage actor’s profile? by John Byrne

I’m the parent of a young teenager who has recently featured as a regular in a popular children’s TV show. We’ve just

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Survival jobs that won’t kill your acting career by John Byrne

From Johnny Depp’s time as a ballpoint pen salesman, to Jennifer Aniston’s stints in telemarketing and waitressing, how celebrities made a living

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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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