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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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How Michael Grandage is supporting tomorrow’s theatremakers by Susan Elkin

Launched four years ago, Michael Grandage’s MGCfutures charity is committed to giving tomorrow’s creative talent a leg-up in the theatre industry, through

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Monday, September 4, 2017

It’s not just the weather: Planes, peacocks & other perils of open air theatre by Susan Elkin

I sometimes wonder why we eccentric British persist with open air theatre – a triumph of hope over experience if ever there was one. We do not have Italian weather and I’ve often been ve…

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Both Feet forward for Meisner in Balham by Susan Elkin

Working in pairs – and swapping in and out at Adam Stadius’s direction – the students were working on repetition techniques which involves very concentrated focus on, and listening to…

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Corinne Delacour: Five tips for getting the best out of drama school by Susan Elkin

After training in business and management, and working in New York and Norway, Corinne Delacour decided she wanted to realise a childhood

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Now all the youth of England are on fire – especially in Chichester by Susan Elkin

I write in praise of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Learning, Education and Participation (LEAP) department. Led by Dale Rooks, it reaches 800 young people and I think it is one of the best…

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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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