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So what am I doing instead? Trying to write a play. An act of faith? Maybe. You’ll hear more about it if it works. I also have a book project or two in mind which may or may not firm up.
The theatre shutdown may not seem a good time to hunt for a job as a technician, but it’s always worth planning
There are many ways to become a director says Susan Elkin, as she speaks to directors, lecturers and course tutors about the
From design apprenticeships to accounting: at the National Theatre’s Creative Careers Day, children aged 11 to 14 experienced some of the different
If more resources are not put into more apprenticeships, it will be a great pity for both for the creative industries & the many young people who simply don’t get the opportunity to ma…
Stage schools are big business. Many communities have several providers of drama, dance and singing tuition for children. There is now a
Let’s stop smilingly pretending that tatty, cramped dives with dreadful lavatories are more artistically expressive than venues which conform to modern standards.
I have been attending classical music concerts since my early teens. And as this year’s Proms season ends I’m struck that I’ve been here, as it were, for a very long time. The Royal Al…
The point – and it’s a major one – is that the actor, irrespective of all other considerations, must be the best possible interpreter of the role for the work in question.
Maybe you played recorder at school, or piano is on your CV, but all you can remember is Chopsticks. As ever more
Why aren’t we telling young people about the writing and writing-related careers which drive our industry?
America, the land of opportunity… but is that the case when it comes to studying for a career in the performing arts?
Casting directors are increasingly demanding a diversity of skills from graduates. Susan Elkin talks to heads of courses at a selection of
I am gradually amassing quite a pile of books about writing plays. Collecting and reading them is probably a displacement/procrastination activity. One of these days I really am (or so I kee…
There is a huge range of roles available for those who want to work in technical theatre. Susan Elkin speaks to course
The Federation of Drama Schools’ membership includes 20 of the UK’s foremost training institutions. But what makes the offering at one school
So by all means let’s go on running relaxed performances for people who need them but at the same time we shouldn’t lose sight of the need to promote co-operative, compliant, appropriate…
One of the greatest pleasures of being an education journalist with a foot in the performing arts camp is meeting young actors at the start of their careers and then watching them develop.
I’ve always known that theatres are nice places and that most theatre people are wonderful but I’m currently seeing that confirmed in a completely new way.
As a theatre critic/interested person, I really like it when the theatre programme I’m issued with is also the text of the new play I’m seeing.
Guildford School of Acting has just axed (“not recruiting for 2019/20”) two courses: BA Hons Theatre and Performance and BA Hons Dance. Many students and alumni who think highly of these…
Anything which makes me think about these plays in a new way is a bonus. I also want actors – irrespective of their sex – to have maximum opportunities.
For a start you need dramatic talent, flair and an ear for dialogue as well as ideas and a good vocabulary to write a play. And I’m still not sure. But, as always it’s probably a case of…
From ages 4 to 94, whether aspiring to be an actor, director, opera singer or dancer, if you want to study Greek
Drama school audition fees are a scandal. They are immoral and unfair. Drama aspirants should not be punished for their passion.
The open air season will soon be upon us. “If winter comes, can spring be far behind? as Shelley puts it. And no one does open air theatre with more hopeful enthusiasm than the lovably daf…
While there are myriad ways to become a theatre director, as any professional will tell you, if you are looking for specific
I’ve thought and written a lot about performing arts foundation courses lately. It’s the time of year when students are looking at possible options for September and course providers are…
If you work with under-18s developing performance skills (along with confidence and all those other useful transferables) then Samantha Marsden’s new book is likely to be very helpful.
Let’s hear it for pub theatres. Unheard of when I was a London teenager in the 1960s, there are now over 70 of them across the capital and they’re beginning to mushroom in other big citi…