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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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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My First Audition: Laura Rollins – ‘Speaking with my Brummie accent gives me a sense of pride’ by John Byrne

My first audition after drama school was for a film set in South Africa. The script was great and I was excited.

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How to… write a theatre blog by John Byrne

1. Choose a platform There are many blogging platforms out there, so it’s worth exploring all the options. I use WordPress, one of

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Monday, September 4, 2017

What are the career options on cruise ships? by John Byrne

Cruise ships present the opportunity to travel while working, with large productions requiring performers and technicians. John Byrne looks at the jobs

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Careers Clinic: How can I turn my dire year around? by John Byrne

I hear lots of actor friends moaning about having ‘post-Edinburgh Fringe blues’. But I have something worse: the ‘never got up there

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How to… put on an awards ceremony by John Byrne

1. Set your budget Budgetary concerns play a decisive role and are best addressed at the start. The budget helps you to determine the

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Careers Clinic: Why am I not improving more quickly? by John Byrne

I went to stage school as a child, but never really pursued acting until my own kids were grown up. I then

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How to… perform naked by John Byrne

1. Believe in the piece There’s probably not much worse than having to get your kit off in a show that you don’t

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My First Edinburgh play: Brian Parks – ‘The biggest challenge of bringing a show from overseas? Money and logistics’ by John Byrne

My play Americana Absurdum, which ran in Edinburgh in 2000, won a Fringe First, and then went to the Menier Chocolate Factory

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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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