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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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Anne Mayer: 5 tips to sell your show by Susan Elkin

Anne Mayer is an American who came to London in 1966. Since then she has worked across all the arts in press

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Foundation courses to strengthen your drama training 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

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Monday, May 1, 2017

How different are theatre and education, really? by Susan Elkin

The overlaps between theatre and education are many and various. Whenever I sit in on someone’s rehearsal and watch a director at work with a group of actors, I notice the similarity to cl…

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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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