The arts magazine for teachers

A new term and a palpable increase in the tension with my Yr13; a driving test and mocks imminent and (self-imposed?) pressure to perform, aiming for the highest grades. I’m trying to keep everything calm and stress-free, although that’s not always easy! He’s determined to succeed – at everything – aiming for a place at a top university and I’m confident he’ll succeed wherever he goes on to study and whatever career path unfolds, but of course the thought of a further three or four year’s studying, let alone the incumbent debt, certainly isn’t for everyone.

Fortunately, there are an increasing number of alternatives and the vibrant creative industries are embracing these by providing opportunities to learn and earn with attractive apprenticeships in a wide range of ‘behind the scenes’ roles. In this issue, we examine a number of these apprenticeships  and hope you will recommend this option as a viable route into the profession to your cohort.

For those looking to perform, we investigate the array of stage schools nurturing young talent in the UK and highlight the excellent work of British Youth Music Theatre), which annually searches out and encourages hundreds of young performers around the country – make sure to apply for their upcoming audition programme! There’s an interesting ‘success story’ about one previous BYMT alum too!

Also in this issue, our ‘Big Interview’ is with best-selling crime writer Domenica de Rosa, with an insight into her career and writing process and we share a coffee and a chat with writer Piers Torbay, following the recent success of his adaptation of A Christmas Carol.

This month we feature the training and tuition offered by the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and guide you through the relaunched drama syllabuses from Trinity College, whilst Graham Hooper marks your card for many of the exciting exhibitions to look out for this coming year.

A new decade – bring it on!

John

Back to the future

Back to the future  

Don’t ignore apprenticeships as a viable alternative route to a creative career. Susan Elkin looks at several providers and chats to recent participants. You’re 18 or so and you desperately want to work in theatre – not as an actor, but as a backstage creative. So should you go to drama school or university for […]

2020 Visions to Savour

2020 Visions to Savour  

Guiding you through the upcoming year of exhibition highlights, Graham Hooper suggests making time for these exciting shows. This is the time to look back on what a good year 2019 was for art, and the best time for planning ahead to 2020; whether you intend to take a class of students on a study […]

Stage Schools – tell parents to tread carefully

Stage Schools – tell parents to tread carefully  

Susan Elkin is encouraged by the breadth of stage schools, but suggests eyes need to be wide open. Stage schools are big business. They are also a bit of a minefield. How do you balance ensuring that children get performing arts opportunities against the decline of those same opportunities in mainstream schools and everyone’s need […]

Holes on stage

Holes on stage  

Adam Penford, Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, has a passion for storytelling. As he prepares to bring a much-loved story about friendship and doing the right thing to the stage, he shows our imaginations ensure there are no barriers to bringing great tales to life. For the 1.5 million-plus people who have bought the book […]

Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre

Mary Poppins – Prince Edward Theatre  

It’s techni-colourful and so tuneful that it really doesn’t matter much if the magic’s a bit thin and it sometimes feels a bit like a variety show strong on spectacular set pieces, but light on narrative focus. So rather than carping, swallow that spoonful of sugar with Mary (Zizi Strallen) rather than treacle and brimstone […]

SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN

SO YOU WANT TO ACT ON SCREEN  

By Michael BrayPublished by Nick Hern Books Yet another good title in NHB’s So you want to … series, this book will help fill in gaps for students who think their training is selling them short. It would also be a good basic introduction for any student or actor just embarking on screen actor training. […]

Piers Torday

Piers Torday  

Piers Torday, 45, is the adaptor of A Christmas Carol and The Box of Delights for stage as well as the author of eight children’s novels. Susan Elkin chats to him.

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Composed Comfort

THE BIG INTERVIEW: Composed Comfort  

Paul Fincham is a composer whose carol Ring The Bells will be sung in concerts all over the country this Christmas and whose opera The Happy Princess got good reviews last summer. Susan Elkin meets him.

A Rye Gem

A Rye Gem  

Susan Elkin met with Theatre Peckham AD Suzann Mclean, discovering this hub has much to offer Founded 33 years ago, Theatre Peckham is an unsung jewel tucked away in the back streets of Southwark about ten minutes walk from Peckham Rye station and close to the centre of Camberwell. Mountview Academy, one of the country’s […]

Free at last!

Free at last!  

Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company announces accredited BA (Hons) Acting course and the introduction of audition fee wavers for all.  Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, founded in 2010 enters its tenth year in 2020, and to mark this milestone, the highly acclaimed School is validating its Two-Year actor training programme in partnership with TEF Gold […]