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Monday, April 24, 2017

Book recommendations: Nicholas Hytner, Shakespeare on Stage, The Process by Susan Elkin

These are just some of the interesting performing arts books which have winged their way to my desk in recent weeks.

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Kinny Gardner: 5 tips for creating signed theatre by Susan Elkin

Kinny Gardner, 58, who is hard of hearing, studied classical ballet at the Martha Graham School. He has featured in London’s West

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Are musical theatre actors shut out of plays? by Susan Elkin

If you want to stay employed in this capricious industry, you need as many skills as you can get. It’s a mantra

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Should drama students learn BSL? by Susan Elkin

I am fascinated by signing. When I watch BSL in action I love the balletic fluidity of it. I find it arrestingly theatrical too. Imagine my excitement, then, at seeing not one, but two, show…

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Summer courses can lead to full-time training by Susan Elkin

A really good summer school can be like drama school in miniature. It may not offer the in-depth training of a two

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Oliver in the Overworld review at Watermans Arts Centre, London – ‘imaginative and original’ by Susan Elkin

Integrated signing ensures that every child present understands every word and nuance of Oliver in the Overworld. Krazy Kat’s show takes the

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Do triple threats really exist? by Susan Elkin

I caught up with La La Land on a recent long-haul flight. It’s a pleasant enough film with some interesting performances although I can’t for the life of me see why it won all those Osca…

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Sarah and Duck’s Big Top Birthday review at Polka Theatre, London – ‘gentle’ by Susan Elkin

This spin off from the popular CBeebies show Sarah and Duck walks a fine line between being appropriately gentle and just plain

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Maria Hildebrand: 5 tips for acting in unusual spaces by Susan Elkin

Bilingual actor Maria Hildebrand trained at Drama Studio London. She has played roles as diverse as Mother Theresa and the mother of

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Robin Paley Yorke: 5 tips for sight-impaired theatre practitioners by Susan Elkin

Robin Paley Yorke, 24, has been sight impaired in one eye since an accident when he was 17. He trained on Rose

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Two-year degrees? Yes, please! by Susan Elkin

At last. The government has announced that universities and other higher education institutions must offer two year year degrees.

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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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