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If 1992 was the ‘annus horribilis’, what does that make 2020? A year that started with a clear vision is ending in turmoil, and good riddance to it, even if there are some positive noises now coming from those developing the various vaccines. In September, we were anticipating theatres and venues starting to re-open, under strict rules, of course, but that didn’t last long… there are, however, stoic creatives and producers across the country already planning to open up again as soon as permitted. The creative industries will desperately need our support to get up and running, so please try to find productions or events at a theatre near you, even if it is an online streamed performance in the short term. With this latest optimism, can we dare consider putting on school productions in the coming term… or even holding non-Zoom parent meetings? I fear these are still some way off.

Please do take into account everything in this issue as correct ‘at the time of writing’, because we are in such turbulent times, plans can, and probably will, have to be amended! Check with venues for dates and times of performances. Our Big Interview in this issue is with director and actor Matthew Parker, who himself has had to make some late changes to his schedule, but who will hopefully be treading the boards at The Maltings this December. We also chatted to Fourth Monkey’s Director of Training, Charlene Qwaye, to learn how this innovative school is evolving and gleaned some useful tips for online auditionees from the directors at ArtsEd.  For budding writers, check out the recent opportunity being offered by HighTide.  With most galleries currently closed, we have compiled a great guide to many of the online exhibitions that are ‘open’ to visitors.

So, until our next issue in the new year, stay safe and let’s look forward to an annus mirabilis!

John

Vivid Direction

Vivid Direction  

Matthew Parker is a theatre director. His recent Henry V in the Roman Amphitheatre for Maltings Theatre, St Albans wowed Susan Elkin, herself a Henry V veteran, so she met him to find out more. I fell in love with theatre when I was four years old – and it was for life”, Matthew tells me, […]

Difference through Diversity

Difference through Diversity  

A fierce, uncompromising visionary, revolutionising actor training, Fourth Monkey’s Director of Training, Charleen Qwaye explains to IP how they are evolving 2020 marks a big year for Fourth Monkey. Ten years since the London-based actor training company was founded, it also marks their BA (Hons) Acting degree receiving formal accreditation in partnership with Falmouth University.  This […]

ALRA

ALRA  

Forty-three years since its foundation, ALRA (Academy of Live and Recorded Arts) continues to develop talented performers across many disciplines. Susan Elkin went to find out more. ALRA has come a long way since Miranda Hart and Jimmy Akinbola became its most famous alumnae. For a start, it’s the only drama school in the Federation […]

New Age of Enlightenment

New Age of Enlightenment  

An unusual collaboration between the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Acland Burghley School in London aroused the interest of Susan Elkin. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (OAE) has a new home. It is now based at Acland Burghley comprehensive school  (ABS) in Camden. Three offices will be adapted for the administration team, […]

Advice for Auditionees

Advice for Auditionees  

Chris Hocking, Principal & Director of the School of Musical Theatre, and Julie Spencer, Director of the School of Acting, at ArtsEd offer advice for auditionees in these unusual circumstances. Due to the current situation around Covid-19, ArtsEd have taken all first-round auditions for BA (Hons) Musical Theatre and Acting courses online, meaning auditionees will […]

Best of Both

Best of Both  

Being one of the smallest drama schools in the country certainly hasn’t held back this rural drama school, nor its esteemed alumni. Susan Elkin is our guide. When George Peck founded The Oxford School of Drama in 1986 he was breaking new ground. An actor/director used to working with students, he wanted to offer fresh, […]

Virtually There

Virtually There  

Bereft of being able to visit galleries in person, Graham Hooper has put together a tour of wonderful online ‘visits’ for you to experience during lockdown.

The School of HighTide

The School of HighTide  

HighTide Theatre Company has announced the first phase of its Inventing the Future programme, a range of initiatives to support the rebuilding of the arts sector in its current recovery phase and made possible by a grant of £78,000 from the Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund. This includes the launch of School of HighTide and two new Higher Education partnerships with London College of Communication at University of the Arts, London and University of East Anglia.

Theatre Review: Des – ITV 3 part miniseries

Theatre Review: Des – ITV 3 part miniseries  

Dennis Nilsen was a Scottish serial killer in North London who died in 2018. Known as “Des”, he murdered at least 15 young men between 1978 and 1983, although he was convicted of only six. His motivation was necrophilia. This is not a story for the faint-hearted. David Tennant captures the dour, Scots impassivity beautifully. […]

Book Review: Return to Roar

Book Review: Return to Roar  

By Jenny McLachlanPublished by Egmont This is a sequel to McLachlan’s earlier Land of Roar and there’s a third title in the pipeline. I read it, though, as a standalone and that works because she sets up the situation very adeptly at the beginning.  Think Peter Pan (we meet the Lost Girls) crossed with Narnia […]