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Monday, August 14, 2017

Andrew Wright : 5 tips for aspiring choreographers by Susan Elkin

Andrew Wright is an award-winning director and choreographer, whose work has been staged worldwide. His current projects include Half a Sixpence and

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Jackie Palmer Stage School: All-age training through performance, anyone? by Susan Elkin

Founded in 1971 by Jackie Palmer (who died last year aged 95) and her daughter Marylyn, the school has occupied various premises in and around High Wycombe.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Reading recommendations: Lots of new books for performing arts people by Susan Elkin

Oliver Ford Davies is an unusual actor because he’s also an accomplished academic – that makes him a pretty cerebral blend of practical and theoretical.  His latest book Sha…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Three shows that prove theatre really does transform young lives by Susan Elkin

Need more proof that drama transforms young lives? I think most of us are already convinced but if you need evidence to support an argument with the unenlightened then I’ve seen three …

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Katy Lipson: 5 tips for beginner producers by Susan Elkin

Katy Lipson, 32, started Aria Entertainment in 2012 having put on musical theatre shows since she was 19. Aria’s productions currently include

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Is there any such thing as ‘fair reviewing’? by Susan Elkin

I review a lot of professional theatre. I also cover amateur shows, including student ones. Regularly doing both throws up some thorny problems.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Amy Trigg: 5 Tips for Deaf and Disabled Actors by Susan Elkin

Amy Trigg was the first wheelchair user to graduate from a performance course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and recently appeared

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Friday, July 14, 2017

School’s out: A round-up of theatre things for young people by Susan Elkin

I reviewed Changeling Theatre’s rather good Hamlet last week in the ruins of the old Garrison Church at Woolwich. I really liked the production and it is my fervent hope that we shall soon…

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Friday, July 7, 2017

What the Ladybird Heard review at Lyric Theatre, London – ‘imaginative theatre for preschoolers’ by Susan Elkin

The stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s What the Ladyird Heard has benefited from a great deal of development work since its first

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I must have seen a different production of The Wind in the Willows by Susan Elkin

Last week I saw The Wind in the Willows at the Palladium on press night. Did I see the same show as, for example, Dominic Cavendish, Ann Treneman and Michael Billington? Apparently not.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Chloe Poulter – 5 tips for beginner make-up artists by Susan Elkin

Chloe Poulter is head of wigs and make-up at Opera Holland Park. Starting her working career at the age of 14 in

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Friday, June 30, 2017

How university theatre courses differ from drama schools by Susan Elkin

While universities have traditionally offered more academic programmes compared with more practical training at drama schools, the lines between different institutions are

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Not just shows: Learning opportunities at this year’s #EdFringe by Susan Elkin

It happens every year so I really shouldn’t be surprised. The Edinburgh Fringe programme drops (like an old fashioned telephone directory) on the mat and I’m bowled over by the eclectici…

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Friday, June 23, 2017

What drama training options do GCSE-level school leavers have? by Susan Elkin

Once the decision has been made to try to break into the performing arts, 16 to 18-year-olds can choose from a variety

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bristol Old Vic: where training meets rep by Susan Elkin

Julian Glover is Julius Caesar, Lynn Farleigh is Calpurnia and John Hartoch is Cinna the Poet. Everyone else in the cast of Bristol Old Vic’s current production of Julius Caesar is a third…

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Will the new Federation of Drama Schools work? by Susan Elkin

Of course I can understand why the UK’s major drama schools feel they need some kind of communal (united?) voice. They’ve lost National Council of Drama School Training which merged wit…

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Matthieu Bellon-Leloup: 5 tips for international collaboration by Susan Elkin

Matthieu Bellon-Leloup is a French-born, Brighton-based theatre director who teaches at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. He and the company

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Bristol Old Vic: the stage where students can learn on the job by Susan Elkin

For the second year, students from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School are performing at its namesake venue with a cast of professional

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Monday, June 5, 2017

The pros and cons of open air theatre by Susan Elkin

The British are, as ever, mad, I reflected as I gathered with a large group of blanket carrying stalwarts at Coolings Garden Centre near Bromley last week for the opening performance of Illy…

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Jeni Boyns: 5 tips for amateur theatremakers by Susan Elkin

Jeni Boyns is a secondary school drama teacher in Medway, Kent. She is on the committee of Gillingham Dramatic Society which mounts

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Saturday, June 3, 2017

How to be a theatre education projects manager by Susan Elkin

Richard Knowles Organisation: Chichester Festival Theatre Training: University of Hull CV: West Yorkshire Playhouse working with young people, youth theatre, community groups,

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Master acting basics with a foundation course by Susan Elkin

Some theatrically inclined school leavers are ready for drama school. Others are not. So how can or should such a young person – or an older one seeking an opportunity to dip a toe in the …

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Could drama school training be cut to two years? by Susan Elkin

In response to government thinking on the length of degree courses, Susan Elkin says despite misgivings drama schools should reconsider their one-size-fits-all approach.

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The best of British opera training by Susan Elkin

If you want to train as an opera singer, Britain seems a good place to be based. In the 2017 listing by subject, QS World University Rankings placed Juilliard School in New York first in the…

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Susan’s performing arts book recommendations by Susan Elkin

Take learning how to read play scripts imaginatively and intelligently. Robert Knopf’s Script Analysis for Theatre (Bloomsbury) has masses of advice for theatre students and professionals …

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Two-year courses: the future for drama training? by Susan Elkin

In response to government thinking on the length of degree courses, Susan Elkin says despite misgivings drama schools should reconsider their one-size-fits-all

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Jack West: 5 tips for creating new theatre work as a graduate by Susan Elkin

Jack West, 23, who trained as an actor at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, is the writer for Lago Theatre, a company

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The pros of amateur theatre by Susan Elkin

Hats off to amateur theatre and all who take part in it. There’s so much good work out there and it rarely gets the recognition it deserves – and I can only suppose that people who sneer…

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Opera training: how to hit the high notes by Susan Elkin

If you want to train as an opera singer, Britain seems a good place to be based. In the 2017 listing by

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Is opera musical theatre? by Susan Elkin

I think the division usually made between musical theatre and opera – with the implication that the former is inferior to the latter – is utterly spurious. It is all musical theatre. Ope…

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Drama school: Don’t audition if you don’t want to go by Susan Elkin

No student should apply to audition for a college place he or she has no intention of accepting. It’s a waste of everyone’s time, effort and money. And it’s very rude.

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