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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Audition tips: how to look after your mental health by Samantha Marsden

How you take care of your mental health may determine how long you can keep going in such a fast-paced, creative and

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

How to become a professional actor without drama school training by Samantha Marsden

Is it possible for aspiring actors to make it when they can’t afford drama school? Samantha Marsden talks to those who have

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Snacks, spanners and self-belief: what you really need to take with you to drama school by Samantha Marsden

If you’re starting drama school this autumn, or returning, you’ve probably been told what to bring. Samantha Marsden talks to current students,

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

How NT Connections is inspiring young talent by Samantha Marsden

For almost 25 years, the National Theatre Connections festival has been giving teenagers their first taste of theatremaking, with graduates including John

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

What does the industry want from musical theatre graduates? by Samantha Marsden

Talent and technique are must-haves for anyone pursuing a musical theatre career, but what else do you need to succeed in auditions?

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Nine reasons why youth theatre truly matters by Samantha Marsden

Whether you aspire to be an actor or work backstage, youth theatres can be more than just the stepping stone to a

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

How to train as an actor without doing a typical three-year course by Samantha Marsden

Not all performers follow the traditional BA route into acting. Samantha Marsden looks at a selection of shorter, intense courses – at

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

What should I do if my child wants to be a performer? by Samantha Marsden

Does your child have the talent and commitment to pursue a performing career? Samantha Marsden talks to child actors, parents, casting directors

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Drama school – how to apply and audition by Samantha Marsden

Staff and students at some of the UK’s top institutions tell Samantha Marsden how to select the right school for you, offering

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Try a short course and train with Helen Mirren or Samuel L Jackson by Samantha Marsden

There are many excellent short courses in acting and musical theatre, some of which are taught by leading professionals in the industry.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Want to write plays? Read our guide to courses in the UK and beyond by Samantha Marsden

Some playwrights are entirely self-taught, educating themselves through the work of others and books, as well as trial and error. Other writers

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

How can an actor tell if a script is any good? by Samantha Marsden

New writing presents exciting opportunities for actors, but it can also leave you with a flat character. Samantha Marsden shares her tips

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Ten must-read books for actors by Samantha Marsden

If you don’t have the time or money for acting courses, one of these books can help aspiring, or even experienced, actors

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Why regional youth theatres provide ‘a lifeline to young people’ by Samantha Marsden

They are the first step to many a career in theatre, whether acting or backstage, but youth theatres around the UK offer

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Where can I train for a career in musical theatre? by Samantha Marsden

Students looking to become triple threats have no shortage of training options. Samantha Marsden looks at what is available – from evening

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Top actor training options on your way to going pro by Samantha Marsden

Many actors hone their craft while working professionally. But for those who want to train before taking the plunge, Samantha Marsden presents

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Where’s best to train in screen acting? by Samantha Marsden

While many general acting courses are available, specialised training in acting for camera is not so widespread. Samantha Marsden investigates a range

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Where can I pursue drama training outside London? by Samantha Marsden

With standards to match London drama schools and lower living costs, there’s a lot to love about not training in the capital.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

This summer try a short course at one of these top drama schools by Samantha Marsden

With technical skills, Shakespeare and training for musicals just a selection of what’s on offer, many top drama schools are providing high-quality

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Seven drama schools where academic achievement is also top class by Samantha Marsden

Children who attend full-time stage school tend to shine in drama, singing and dance. But it’s also worth pointing out that the

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to fill out your UCAS form when applying for drama school by Samantha Marsden

Not all drama schools accept applications through UCAS as some are run privately, but many of them do. Samantha Marsden talks to

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Monday, November 6, 2017

How to pursue a stage career without going to drama school by Samantha Marsden

Becoming a professional actor without conventional training can be tough, but with hard work, determination and luck, success is possible. There are

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A beginner’s guide to applying for drama school by Samantha Marsden

Prospective students are spoilt for choice with the variety of training offered by institutions across the UK. Samantha Marsden goes through the

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Which degree course should you audition for? by Samantha Marsden

Few people can afford to audition for more than three or four drama schools and choosing which are the best fit can

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Want to train in acting, dance or theatremaking overseas? by Samantha Marsden

If you’re looking to travel while training, or you’d like an alternative approach to learning your craft, there are many world-class training

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Friday, July 14, 2017

From young hopeful to musical star: the best training for you by Samantha Marsden

Whether you attend a dedicated stage school or join local dance classes, it is best to begin preparing for a career in musical theatre

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Musical theatre training: five ways to study your way to stardom by Samantha Marsden

There are plenty of training options available for musical theatre, from the tried and trusted drama school degree to an array of

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Friday, April 7, 2017

University vs drama school: Which is right for you? by Samantha Marsden

Thousands of budding performers are turned away from drama school every year and face a difficult choice: reapply the following year, take

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Didn’t get into drama school? What now? by Samantha Marsden

Many thousands apply for drama school every year, but the majority of applicants are unsuccessful. RADA receives up to 3,500 applications for

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Can only rich kids afford drama tuition today? by Samantha Marsden

Two years ago, drama lost its status as a foundation subject in the secondary school national curriculum, meaning it no longer has

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