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On the first day of rehearsals, there is always a moment when the company collectively holds its breath. It is the moment
Dealing with HMRC can be a daunting experience for self-employed performers and theatre workers. Paul Clayton explains why careful preparation and finding
The tinsel strands are long packed away and the pine needles, which tested the endurance of the new Dyson, a distant memory.
You can’t even complete the simple act of signing for a parcel these days without receiving an email asking for feedback on
One of the luckiest things that has happened to me in my career was landing a job straight out of drama school.
Although many performers are delighted just to be working, few realise that there might be room to negotiate better rates of pay.
It’s a quiet night in. I’ve been allowed to have control of the television remote to indulge my secret passion: the ITV
Planning is key to auditioning for drama schools. Paul Clayton reveals how you can increase your chance of success, and what might trip you
We have been apart for a little while. But worry not. While my oft incoherent ramblings may not have graced the pages
It wasn’t part of a career masterplan to stay away from the stage for nine and a half years. It just happened.
A very talented young actor I have had the pleasure to mentor in his post-drama-school career is heading off on an eight-month
My in-laws have descended for the weekend. They are charming and it’s always nice to see them, but like all guests they
Nine years ago I had a touch of Kafka’s Dick at Watford Palace. For a variety of reasons, that was my last
You’ve managed to find funding to help you in your dream of being an actor. You’ve scrimped and saved through drama school
You might find it hard to believe when confronted by my aristocratic profile and noble bearing, but I was brought up in
The end of winter can be the cruellest time. The silver gaudy lurex of panto has once more been packed into the
Having been on a highly successful diet, and garnering many compliments on my new waistline, I am not in the mood for
I’m having a remarkably productive day. I’ve just managed to complete the design for our Christmas card, a task that hangs over
One of the most pressing problems when I was at drama school in the mid-1970s wasn’t how to get to the heart
The sky over the stage darkens. Lightning flashes, thunder rolls and Humpty Dumpty precariously balances on the castle walls. Five rows back
I like to get advice before taking any decision in life. Before deciding on any holiday hotel, I look at the star
The day after moving into our new home, we began unpacking boxes with alacrity. By early afternoon it had all become too
The fragrant and cake-baking “stage and TV stalwart” Jane Asher has accused young actors of being “snooty” about what they choose to
At the age of 15, I did something that has been an increasingly rare event in my life since. I won a
It’s a hot and moist Saturday afternoon and the chilled foods aisle of my local branch of Waitrose is an ideal place
How many actors crave a regular job? Is it a deep-seated yearning within us? The same journey to work each day. Regular
Two days after our country made what is probably the most monumental political decision of a generation, I’m getting out. To Europe.
I know what you did last summer is not only the title of a schlock horror film from the 1990s, but also
It’s early on a Tuesday morning and I’m heading into town to spend an hour or so in a glass booth being
It’s not unheard of when attending a West End theatre to hear the odd audience moan. “I can’t find the toilet”, “The
She’s reigned over us for 60 years. We all adore her. We’ve seen her at Balmoral on horseback. We’ve seen her with