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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Sleeping Beauty review at Central Theatre, Chatham – ‘vibrant and fresh-feeling’ by Susan Elkin

A trumpet playing, narcoleptic good fairy (Nicola Bryan) sets the tone for Chatham’s traditional yet fresh pantomime. It’s a treat, featuring delightful

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Dick Whittington review at the Arts Centre, Hounslow – ‘good jokes’ by Susan Elkin

Now this is how you produce a decent local panto on a very low budget. With a cast of eight and a

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cinderella review at Orchard Theatre, Dartford – ‘sparky choreography’ by Susan Elkin

The innate glitziness of the Orchard Theatre – with its strips of multicoloured, flashing neon lights around the auditorium – makes it

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas gift ideas: 9 books for thespy people by Susan Elkin

If you’re looking for a present, bound to make your beloved theatre person giggle all Christmas morning, then West End Producer’s shiny new book is the obvious 2017 choice.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs review at Churchill Theatre, Bromley – ‘a mixed bag’ by Susan Elkin

The rendition of The Twelve Days of Christmas at the end of this year’s Churchill Theatre panto is one  of the funniest sequences

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Making the Bard work: The world’s largest Shakespeare festival by Susan Elkin

The world’s largest Shakespeare Festival ends this week after 292 performance nights in theatres all over the country. I refer, of course, to Shakespeare Schools Foundation which, every ye…

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Monday, December 4, 2017

THE SNOW QUEEN – Polka Theatre by Susan Elkin

The idea of four modern-ish children improvising a story is not particularly original but it works splendidly in Mike Kenny’s adapatation of The Snow Queen for a cast of four.

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Michelle Danner: 5 tips for authenticity in auditions by Susan Elkin

Hollywood film director and acting coach Michelle Danner has been coaching for 27 years, working with actors privately as well as on set.

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

GO NOAH GO – Little Angel Puppet Theatre by Susan Elkin

The flood myth is common to most cultures and John Agard, originally from Guyana, gives it strong African undertones with lots of African resonances in the language which often rhymes. At th…

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Peter Pan review at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury – ‘fresh and energetic’ by Susan Elkin

Traditional can often mean stale but Paul Hendy knows panto too well for that. His latest, immaculately well-targeted pantomime for the Marlowe is

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

No monkeying around in the ‘Year of the Monkey’ by Susan Elkin

I have followed the success of Fourth Monkey Training Company, which launched in 2010, almost since before it was a twinkle in Steve Green’s eye.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Book Review: Actors & Performers Yearbook 2018 by Susan Elkin

Best of all though, are the articles. This time there’s a new one by Bruce Wall (wonderful man who changes lives every day) about his pioneering work in prisons and one by Anthony Holmes o…

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to choose the right stage management training for you by Susan Elkin

For those wishing to pursue a career as a stage manager, a wide range of courses is available, as well as occasional

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Hare and Tortoise review at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford – ‘imaginative storytelling’ by Susan Elkin

Following the success of Pied Piper Theatre’s Burglar Bill last year, this new two hander for very young children follows a similar

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Lou Stein: 5 tips for directing a diverse cast by Susan Elkin

Lou Stein became artistic director of Chickenshed in 2016. He was founding artistic director of the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill and

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Why we should separate the art, the artist & the allegations by Susan Elkin

I continue to appreciate the work of theatre people like Max Stafford-Clark, Kevin Spacey – and no doubt others yet to come – too. We have to hold on to a balance.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

King Lear’s buttons: ‘I know now for certain why he needed assistance’ by Susan Elkin

“Pray you, undo this button: thank you Sir” is probably not the most memorable line in the play although it’s a neat example of Shakespeare tucking his stage directions into the script…

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Dilek Rose: 5 tips for ensemble work by Susan Elkin

Dilek Rose, 31, trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School on its three-year degree course when she was in her early 20s.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Marlowe Kit: a bold new venture in Canterbury by Susan Elkin

Few bits of theatre news have delighted me more this year than hearing that Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, has taken possession of the Poor Priests Hospital in Stour Street – a large, iconic…

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

How big a problem is drama school over-recruitment? by Susan Elkin

Things and times change and there are plenty of newer schools doing things differently but worth considering even though they don’t yet qualify for funding so students have to be self-fina…

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Jane Maudsley: 5 Tips for looking after your voice by Susan Elkin

Vocal tutor Jane Maudsley is the founder and managing director of Little Voices, a national drama and education company for children aged

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

How buildings and facilities might inform your choice of drama school by Susan Elkin

Though the quality of teaching is a vital foundation for training, the standard facilities is a key factor in preparing for professional

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Young people at the theatre: Can we – should we – teach them show etiquette? by Susan Elkin

The problem is that there’s a very fine line between enthusiastic engagement and disruptive behaviour. And if one person’s enjoyment of a show spoils someone else’s by, for instance, m…

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

A DAY BY THE SEA – Southwark Playhouse by Susan Elkin

A Day by the Sea is beautifully written, nicely observed, often witty and very compelling in the hands of director, Tricia Thorns and her cast.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

In praise of Theatre Centre in Shoreditch: Fine work for young audiences by Susan Elkin

It’s time to sing the praises of Theatre Centre – the new writing company specialising in young audience work, based in Shoreditch Town Hall.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Sonum Batra: 5 tips for theatre musicians working on new musicals by Susan Elkin

Sonum Batra has a degree in music from King’s College London, after which she took private piano lessons because she couldn’t afford

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Extraordinary Royal Opera House, where press dress codes are de rigueur by Susan Elkin

Last week I attended an event at Royal Opera House. In effect, it was a press briefing to introduce the new season and raise awareness of the range of ROH’s other work. So I was mildly amu…

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Adam Stadius: 5 tips for teaching acting by Susan Elkin

Adam Stadius is one half of Both Feet, which trains actors in the Meisner Technique. He is currently head of acting and

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

The MTA way: You can’t teach what you don’t do by Susan Elkin

In his 1903 play Man and Superman, George Bernard Shaw famously observed that 'He, who can, does. He, who cannot, teaches'. And it still hits the nail on the head.

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Susan Elkin: Thoughtless theatres leave kids with the booster-cushion blues by Susan Elkin

If venues take money from the theatregoing public for children’s shows, then they have a moral duty – it should be a

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Want to work in theatre? Don’t go to university! by Susan Elkin

If you really want to perform, or become a theatre technician, then you almost certainly need the hands-on approach of a drama school with at least 30 hours tuition a week, people with prope…

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