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Friday, May 18, 2018

Paul Clayton: When it comes to drama training, the customer isn’t always right by Paul Clayton

An oft-spoken dictum of my mother, who ran the village shop as I was growing up, was: “The customer is always right.”

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Paul Clayton: Crown pay disparity reminds actors to check their agents are asking the right questions by Paul Clayton

I feel sorry for the Queen. Well, the actor who has portrayed the Queen’s younger self so brilliantly for several years: Claire

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Paul Clayton: Actors shouldn’t be asked to provide their own costumes without recompense by Paul Clayton

On the first day of rehearsals, there is always a moment when the company collectively holds its breath. It is the moment

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Tax: what you need to know as a working self-employed actor by Paul Clayton

Dealing with HMRC can be a daunting experience for self-employed performers and theatre workers. Paul Clayton explains why careful preparation and finding

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Paul Clayton: Don’t pray for a London transfer, just enjoy where the work takes you by Paul Clayton

The tinsel strands are long packed away and the pine needles, which tested the endurance of the new Dyson, a distant memory.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Paul Clayton: Don’t ask for audition feedback, you either got the job or you didn’t by Paul Clayton

You can’t even complete the simple act of signing for a parcel these days without receiving an email asking for feedback on

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Paul Clayton: With winter coming, drama graduates need to hustle by Paul Clayton

One of the luckiest things that has happened to me in my career was landing a job straight out of drama school.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wage against the machine: why actors need to talk about money by Paul Clayton

Although many performers are delighted just to be working, few realise that there might be room to negotiate better rates of pay.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Paul Clayton: We owe it to TV and stage actors to credit them properly by Paul Clayton

It’s a quiet night in. I’ve been allowed to have control of the television remote to indulge my secret passion: the ITV

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Friday, July 28, 2017

How to prepare for drama school auditions by Paul Clayton

Planning is key to auditioning for drama schools. Paul Clayton reveals how you can increase your chance of success, and what might trip you

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Paul Clayton: Stop tweeting about rehearsals – audiences love a bit of mystery by Paul Clayton

We have been apart for a little while. But worry not. While my oft incoherent ramblings may not have graced the pages

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Paul Clayton: Working in fringe theatre is not a second-rate choice by Paul Clayton

It wasn’t part of a career masterplan to stay away from the stage for nine and a half years. It just happened.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Paul Clayton: Beware dangerous digs: creeps, flirts and steaming sheets by Paul Clayton

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

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Paul Clayton: Sometimes the smallest role can be hard work by Paul Clayton

My in-laws have descended for the weekend. They are charming and it’s always nice to see them, but like all guests they

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Paul Clayton: My stage return beckons – this is no time for farting about by Paul Clayton

Nine years ago I had a touch of Kafka’s Dick at Watford Palace. For a variety of reasons, that was my last

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Friday, February 24, 2017

What’s the secret to getting an agent? by Paul Clayton

You’ve managed to find funding to help you in your dream of being an actor. You’ve scrimped and saved through drama school

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Paul Clayton: It never does you any harm to say hello by Paul Clayton

You might find it hard to believe when confronted by my aristocratic profile and noble bearing, but I was brought up in

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Paul Clayton: The key to breaking winter’s spell is action by Paul Clayton

The end of winter can be the cruellest time. The silver gaudy lurex of panto has once more been packed into the

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Paul Clayton: Actor Awareness has blossomed from a simple hashtag by Paul Clayton

Having been on a highly successful diet, and garnering many compliments on my new waistline, I am not in the mood for

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Paul Clayton: My Christmas wish list – less nonsense, for Fox’s sake by Paul Clayton

I’m having a remarkably productive day. I’ve just managed to complete the design for our Christmas card, a task that hangs over

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Paul Clayton: Peter? Dinky? Please just get my name right by Paul Clayton

One of the most pressing problems when I was at drama school in the mid-1970s wasn’t how to get to the heart

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Paul Clayton: It’s vital we help children find the magic in theatre by Paul Clayton

The sky over the stage darkens. Lightning flashes, thunder rolls and Humpty Dumpty precariously balances on the castle walls. Five rows back

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Is it time to give training institutions star ratings? by Paul Clayton

I like to get advice before taking any decision in life. Before deciding on any holiday hotel, I look at the star

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Friday, October 7, 2016

Paul Clayton: Acting can be part of a fulfilling career – even if it’s not all we do by Paul Clayton

The day after moving into our new home, we began unpacking boxes with alacrity. By early afternoon it had all become too

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Paul Clayton: Jane Asher is wrong to call young actors ‘snooty’ by Paul Clayton

The fragrant and cake-baking “stage and TV stalwart” Jane Asher has accused young actors of being “snooty” about what they choose to

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Paul Clayton: Keeping cool isn’t easy when you work with your heroes by Paul Clayton

At the age of 15, I did something that has been an increasingly rare event in my life since. I won a

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Promotional work can pay your bills by Paul Clayton

It’s a hot and moist Saturday afternoon and the chilled foods aisle of my local branch of Waitrose is an ideal place

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Paul Clayton: Would we actors actually survive in a nine-to-five job? by Paul Clayton

How many actors crave a regular job? Is it a deep-seated yearning within us? The same journey to work each day. Regular

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Paul Clayton: Acting is a universal language in Europe and beyond by Paul Clayton

Two days after our country made what is probably the most monumental political decision of a generation, I’m getting out. To Europe.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Drama graduates: one year on by Paul Clayton

I know what you did last summer is not only the title of a schlock horror film from the 1990s, but also

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Paul Clayton: Coping with the vicissitudes of the voice-over booth by Paul Clayton

It’s early on a Tuesday morning and I’m heading into town to spend an hour or so in a glass booth being

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