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Monday, March 20, 2017

Book Review: Lucy Kerbel’s All Change Please by Susan Elkin

Former director, Lucy Kerbel has – commendably – turned gender equality in the theatre industry into her life mission. First came her enlightening 100 Plays for Women. Now we have All C…

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Friday, March 17, 2017

How to set up a theatre company by Susan Elkin

Creating your own work is a proven way of breaking into this competitive industry. Young theatremakers and a leading arts consultant tell

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Why you should choose postgraduate study to prepare for a career in acting by Susan Elkin

School leavers who desperately want to work in the performing arts are sometimes advised by teachers and careers counsellors – and encouraged

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Start Your Career As You Mean to Go On by Susan Elkin

Ross, 21 who comes from Belfast, teamed up with fellow students Tom Berkeley, Alex Coppola and Jessica Alade after they all began training on GSA’s Acting course. By Christmas 2014 they’…

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Tanya Holt: 5 tips for self-producing by Susan Elkin

Tanya Holt’s one woman show Cautionary Tales for Daughters toured last year and completed a run at Jermyn Street Theatre in January.

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

FLEW THE COOP – New Diorama by Susan Elkin

Clad in simple brown vests, fawn shorts and turquoise socks, five actors run, freeze, and speak chorally with finely nuanced precision as the story unfolds.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Drama graduate survival skills: Learn to self-produce by Susan Elkin

Drama Studio London students at work. DSL’s new degree course includes teaching about arts funding and actor’s finances.  Every drama school graduate needs to know exactly h…

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John Martin: 5 tips for directing a family musical by Susan Elkin

John Martin is artistic director of Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells, a 291-seat theatre/arts centre contained within a Decimus Burton converted church,

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Jacqui O’Hanlon: ‘Shakespeare is global property – he works in diverse classrooms’ by Susan Elkin

As an actor who soon realised that she preferred discussing plays to appearing in them, Jacqui Hanlon, director of education at the

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thoughts from the Critics’ Circle Awards: Is theatre reviewing teachable? by Susan Elkin

Last week two unrelated things happened to make me think hard and afresh about theatre reviewing – of which, of course, I do a great deal.The post Is theatre reviewing teachable? appeared …

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Friday, February 3, 2017

A Day in the Life of Michael Volpe by Susan Elkin

Michael Volpe is the director of Opera Holland Park but his background is unusual. He spoke to Susan Elkin.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

INTERVIEW: Alex MacKeith by Susan Elkin

Poor SATS results are putting pressure on a headteacher’s job - a new play examines the issues and Susan Elkin meets the playwright.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

INTERVIEW: Annemarie Lewis Thomas by Susan Elkin

Annemarie Lewis Thomas is composer, musical director and founder principal of Musical Theatre Academy. MTA has just won the Stage School of the Year (2017) award for the second time. She cha…

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Imagine: A Festival of Children’s Theatre by Susan Elkin

Children don’t read enough. They have too little experience of story –  through books, theatre or whatever. It leads to diminished imaginative capacity, short concentration …

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Eugenia Low: 5 tips for performing Shakespeare’s verse by Susan Elkin

East Asian actor Eugenia Low has just finished playing Ariel in The Tempest at the Cockpit Theatre, having studied under and worked

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A special place: Where folk music morphs into theatre by Susan Elkin

The English Folk Dance and Song Society and Cecil Sharp House have long occupied a special place in my heart. My father, Ken Hillyer, led The Southerners band and in the 1960s and 70s they p…

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Friday, January 20, 2017

How to train for free: from youth groups to masterclasses by Susan Elkin

1. National Youth Theatre Rep Company Every year, the National Youth Theatre recruits 15 of its members, aged 18-25, to form a

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Golden showers? Great news about theatre loos by Susan Elkin

Lavatories in theatres – or rather lack of them. It’s one of my favourite topics and I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve ranted about woeful provision, especially for women. …

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Darren Hart: 5 tips for getting a laugh by Susan Elkin

Darren Hart has just completed a run at Hackney Empire in Sleeping Beauty. He started out in youth theatre at Theatre Royal

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Monday, January 9, 2017

FEATURE: Resolve to read more theatre books this year by Susan Elkin

Is one of your new year resolutions to read more books about whatever aspect of the theatre industry you’re involved in or want to be? If not, then perhaps it should be. Whatever your spec…

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sapphire Joy: 5 tips for starting out as an actor by Susan Elkin

Sapphire Joy is a London-based actor working in television, film, stage and radio. She trained at Rose Buford College of Theatre and

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year in Review: Susan Elkin’s top 10 shows of 2016 by Susan Elkin

Robin Hood at Egg Theatre, Bath. Photo: Nick Spratling. It’s that time of year again. It’s customary for critics and others who purport to have some kind of overview to look back…

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Year in Review: Hurrah for youth theatre & student shows by Susan Elkin

Annus horribilis it may have been but 2016 has been a good year for youth theatre. There’s been some interesting work by actors in training too.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Why cruise ships could be the new rep training by Susan Elkin

Cruise ships are big business, and the benefit to the entertainment industries is clear. Every cruise employs entertainers and technical crew, and many have full-size theatres in which they …

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Friday, December 23, 2016

The First Hippo on the Moon review at the Royal Hippodrome, Eastbourne – ‘jolly but slight’ by Susan Elkin

Imaginative puppetry usually works wonders on a very young audience. The First Hippo on the Moon is full of puppets. The jungle

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Jack and the Beanstalk review at Central Theatre, Chatham – ‘well-acted, lazily-scripted’ by Susan Elkin

Jordan Productions has evidently invested in casting this year. The result is a smooth, traditional show with lots of actors who know

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Legs, loos and theatre goers who think they’re caterpillars by Susan Elkin

What exactly do we expect when we go to the theatre? Something compelling, entertaining, thoughtful or moving to watch and listen to, obviously. But what about the physical surroundings of t…

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Aladdin review at the Capitol, Horsham – ‘lively and well-sung’ by Susan Elkin

It’s a balancing act, creating a pantomime that is both traditional and fresh, but this fine Aladdin achieves it. The Chinese dragon

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Why cruise ships could be the new rep training by Susan Elkin

Cruise ships are big business, and the benefit to the entertainment industries is clear. Every cruise employs entertainers and technical crew, and

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Orchard Theatre, Dartford – ‘unfunny’ by Susan Elkin

As you’d expect from Qdos this is a pantomime which thinks big. Its real star is Ceri Dupree’s glittering beautiful outfits as

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Peter Pan review at Theatre Royal Margate – ‘lacks focus’ by Susan Elkin

It’s hard to find a focal point in Theatre Royal Margate’s Peter Pan. While it strives to be traditional, it lacks a

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