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Monday, October 22, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Regional theatre may be thriving creatively, but what about in five years? by Lyn Gardner

If you wanted a barometer of the rude creative health of regional theatre, then the recent nominees and winners at the UK

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Lyn Gardner: At BAC, David Jubb has shown a way the arts can benefit the many, not the few by Lyn Gardner

“It’s time to bugger off and let someone else have a go,” said David Jubb last Friday announcing his departure from Battersea

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Lyn Gardner: If we’re serious about diversity, we must let artists fail better by Lyn Gardner

Earlier this year, I wrote about artistic failure and what can be learned from making a piece of theatre perceived to be

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Shows have the power to change theatres they’re in by Lyn Gardner

At the reopening of the Battersea Arts Centre Grand Hall a few weeks back, artistic director David Jubb talked eloquently about how

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Theatre’s feudal system shackles its most precious resource – artists by Lyn Gardner

Few working in theatre today, beyond a group of ostriches with their heads firmly buried in the sand, are unaware of the

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Amateurs can learn from the pros, but the reverse is just as true by Lyn Gardner

“You can feel the love,” declared Simon Callow as he stood beaming on the stage of the Questors theatre in Ealing earlier

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Work Room’s Anita Clark: ‘Artists need a seat at the table – currently they have the least power’ by Lyn Gardner

The arts sector needs to own up to a pretty fundamental failing, according to veteran arts administrator Anita Clark. “The people who

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Size matters – don’t hide plays by women and people of colour in studio spaces by Lyn Gardner

Much to my regret, I didn’t see Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia at Shakespeare’s Globe. It opened after I had departed for the

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Lyn Gardner: What’s in a name? It’s the memories that keep a theatre’s legacy alive by Lyn Gardner

Last Thursday night, I went to Battersea Arts Centre to celebrate the reopening of the Grand Hall and see Gecko’s Missing, which

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Lyn Gardner: At the Bush, Madani Younis transformed what a new-writing theatre could be by Lyn Gardner

The Bush’s loss is the Southbank’s gain as Madani Younis departs the Uxbridge Road to take up residence in SE1 and the

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BAC is back: How Battersea Arts Centre rose from the ashes of a devastating fire to renew its mission by Lyn Gardner

A devastating fire gutted Battersea Arts Centre three years ago, just as its artistic director David Jubb was gearing up to launch

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Playwright Anna Jordan: ‘Writing can feel so isolating, but when it’s great, it’s really great’ by Lyn Gardner

Since her breakthrough play Yen, Anna Jordan has gained a reputation for tackling grim subjects. She tells Lyn Gardner how new touring

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Lyn Gardner: New voices challenge our idea of ‘good’ theatre by Lyn Gardner

On almost my final day in Edinburgh, I went to see Samira Elagoz’s Cock, Cock…Who’s There? at Summerhall, which was part of

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Polka Theatre’s Stephen Midlane: ‘Polka is an extraordinary place, it’s where my family grew up’ by Lyn Gardner

After 40 years running Polka Theatre, Stephen Midlane is retiring. He tells Lyn Gardner about working with world-famous children’s authors, why it’s

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Lyn Gardner: My 20 magical moments of Edinburgh Fringe 2018 by Lyn Gardner

1. The smell of Toast in Nigel Slater’s Toast at the Traverse. The lemon meringue pie was pretty good too. More fringe

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 has shown that if you put diversity on stage, audiences will come by Lyn Gardner

“It’s time to free ourselves from the obsession with the perfectly formed, beautifully diverse audience,” declared Nicholas Hytner in the Sunday Times

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Lyn Gardner: There may be trouble ahead as fears mount that we’ve reached peak Edinburgh Fringe by Lyn Gardner

Have we reached peak fringe? It was a question asked at the Devoted and Disgruntled session at Fringe Central on Monday discussing

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Supporting performers in Edinburgh is crucial, but so too is supporting audiences by Lyn Gardner

In recent years, a great deal has been written and discussed about the toll that a month at the festival can take

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Lyn Gardner: With no five-star shows yet, I’m still searching for THE fringe show of 2018 by Lyn Gardner

“At this point, you might be thinking you’d like to exchange your ticket for Thor and Loki, the musical,” says US soldier

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Touring a concept can be as powerful as touring a finished show by Lyn Gardner

As we enter the third week of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, companies, producers and programmers will be making plans to tour their

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Lyn Gardner: As Edinburgh drowns in discarded flyers, companies should think about sustainability by Lyn Gardner

Plenty of people think that all the Edinburgh Fringe does is generate rubbish. That may be unfair to the shows that receive

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Why I love queues (during Edinburgh Fringe at least) by Lyn Gardner

Waiting in queues is usually dull. But on the fringe, I love queues, largely because they are such a terrific source of

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Lyn Gardner: For new Scottish work, the Traverse is for life, not just for August by Lyn Gardner

Every show and every venue is under scrutiny during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, but few experience the level of examination that the

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lyn Gardner: The Edinburgh International Festival is right not to force shows into the Playhouse by Lyn Gardner

So, you are Fergus Linehan, and you are programming the Edinburgh International Festival. What to do? Do you look to find shows

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Lyn Gardner: It’s the industry’s duty to support new work that couldn’t make it to the fringe by Lyn Gardner

It is easy to be swept away by enthusiasm at the fringe. I know I am guilty of it. I find it

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Venues are joining forces to host hit shows after the Edinburgh Fringe by Lyn Gardner

Many companies and artists currently in Edinburgh will be looking to tour their shows after the festival. It’s one of the reasons

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Success at EdFringe is hard to measure, but it’s not over until it’s over by Lyn Gardner

Every morning in Edinburgh I pass through a courtyard where gaggles of students take it in turns to warm up for their

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

How the Edinburgh Festival Fringe can supercharge careers: ‘You can go as a nobody and be Off Broadway a year later’ by Lyn Gardner

For many theatremakers, the festival is fraught with financial risk and competition for punters, but it can provide rocket fuel for an

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Lyn Gardner: Is the Edinburgh Fringe revaluing the standing ovation? by Lyn Gardner

Twenty years ago, the standing ovation was almost unheard of in British theatre. Even on press nights, giving a standing ovation was

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lyn Gardner: Controversial Edinburgh Fringe play may offend, but it’s a small price for freedom of expression by Lyn Gardner

The Austrian playwright Peter Handke once wrote a play called Offending the Audience, which was designed to do just that. The history

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Lyn Gardner: To have your cake and eat it at Edinburgh Fringe don’t bring a half-baked show by Lyn Gardner

The Scout movement’s motto is “Be Prepared”, and it’s a good one to adopt for anyone performing at the Edinburgh Fringe where

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