1. Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse

    Hamlet at Leeds Playhouse  

    Susan Elkin chats to Amy Leach, associate director, about the casting of a female lead and ensuring a contemporary production.

  2. Relaxed Ballet

    Relaxed Ballet  

    Birmingham Royal Ballet will be offering its second relaxed performances in early 2019 – a specially adapted production of Beauty and the Beast at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Birmingham Hippodrome. Here, dancer Jonathan Payn describes his involvement in the planning of this special production. Please introduce yourself for us: I’m Jonathan Payn, First Soloist […]

  3. Nurturing Young Talent

    Nurturing Young Talent  

    The Lyric Hammersmith has extended its education outreach work. Susan Elkin went along to find out more.

  4. Proudly Different

    Proudly Different  

    Musical Theatre Academy, long since rebranded as TheMTA, is a tiny vocational drama college whose working methods, influence and achievements are out of all proportion to its size. Susan Elkin went to find out how.

  5. EXHIBITION: Razzle Dazzle ‘Em

    EXHIBITION: Razzle Dazzle ‘Em  

    Graham Hooper takes in a couple of shows looking at the art of distortion and its very practical application

  6. Pause for thought… Christian Knowledge

    Pause for thought… Christian Knowledge  

    Susan Elkin puts forward the case for Christian knowledge as an intrinsic part of English lessons

  7. TheatreCraft


    Susan Elkin visited TheatreCraft 2018, offering great advice to students looking for careers in the creative industries.

  8. Book Review: Being a Playwright – A Career Guide for Writers

    Book Review: Being a Playwright – A Career Guide for Writers  

    By Chris Foxon & George Turvey Published by Nick Hern Books Iwas delighted when this how-to book landed on my desk. I’m a writer (over 100,000 words a year). I go to the theatre to review several times a week. I’ve long thought I should somehow knit the strands of my life together and write […]

  9. THEATRE REVIEW : Macbeth – National Youth Theatre 2018 Rep Company

    THEATRE REVIEW : Macbeth – National Youth Theatre 2018 Rep Company  

    The National Youth Theatre Rep Company is a vocational training group of 15 or 16 actors aged 18-25 who present a West End season at the end of their quasi-course. It’s the top tier of NYT’s work. Most participants go straight on to professional work. Abridged to 90 interval-less minutes by Moira Buffini and pithily […]

  10. Coffee Break: Roman Stefanski

    Coffee Break: Roman Stefanski  

    Director, actor and teacher Roman Stefanski specialises in work for children and has been associated with Polka Theatre since 1980. Susan Elkin caught up with him for a chat.