1. Book Review: Amateur Theatre Festival

    Book Review: Amateur Theatre Festival  

    Organised by  Nick Hern Books It’s some years since I trod the boards with DAODS at the Orchard in Dartford, but I was keen to join hundreds of other theatre makers at the inaugural Amateur Theatre Festival organised by Nick Hern Books at The Questors Theatre in Ealing. The day was planned to mark 30 […]

  2. Book Review: National Youth Theatre Monologues: 75 Speeches for Auditions

    Book Review: National Youth Theatre Monologues: 75 Speeches for Auditions  

    National Youth Theatre Monologues: 75 Speeches for Auditions Edited and introduced by Michael Bryher Published by Nick Hern Books Whether you’re auditioning for a part in a show, for drama school or for entry to an organisation like National Youth Theatre it can be very difficult – given inexperience and, maybe, lack of informed up-to-date […]

  3. Coffee Break: Stephanie Rutherford

    Coffee Break: Stephanie Rutherford  

    Stephanie Rutherford, actor musician currently touring in The Sign of Four with Blackeyed Theatre, chats to Susan Elkin

  4. THE BIG INTERVIEW: Role Reversal

    THE BIG INTERVIEW: Role Reversal  

    Moira Buffini, 53, is an award-winning playwright and director whose innovative reworking of Macbeth is part of the current National Youth Theatre Rep Season. Susan Elkin met her to talk about her career so far. Moira Buffini meets me after work in Islington on a chilly, dark autumn evening. Always busy she has been working […]

  5. Mind the gap

    Mind the gap  

    An initiative encouraging young people into non-performance roles by bridging the gap between schools and theatres was launched in the summer. Mark Glover speaks to Cassie Chadderton, Head of UK Theatre, a membership body spearheading the campaign, to find out if the project can really address this long-standing issue. In 2017, the theatre and performing […]

  6. Free cinema for all

    Free cinema for all  

    “The Into Film Festival presented wonderful opportunities for our students, most of whom rarely visit the cinema. It was more than just a cinema visit, it was an entire package. I would recommend the Festival to all teachers.” Leila Hinks, St Andrews Primary School Free cinema trips and resources to engage young minds through the […]

  7. Voice Training

    Voice Training  

    Susan Elkin chats to James Grimsey, vocal coach and Creative Director at Arts1 School of Performance, about training a voice and dispelling a few myths. The human voice is a very subtle and complex thing. And James Grimsey is utterly fascinated by it. “The more you learn about the voice and how it works the […]

  8. The Sign of Four

    The Sign of Four  

    Susan Elkin interviews script writer Nick Lane about his adaptation of The Sign of Four for Blackeyed Theatre’s latest nationwide tour. “There are two initial challenges when you adapt a well known Victorian novel for the stage” says Nick Lane, script writer for Blackeyed Theatre’s The Sign of Four which tours nationwide from this autumn. […]

  9. The Yorkshire Way

    The Yorkshire Way  

    Mark Glover speaks to Rebecca Winwood, Special Projects Producer at Huddersfield’s Lawrence Batley Theatre and discovers a venue that cares deeply for its community, working closely with other initiatives to bring art to its surrounding areas. I’ve been living in the North of England for six months now having swapped the sweeping fields of the […]

  10. Theatre Rights Worldwide

    Theatre Rights Worldwide  

    Susan Elkin went to the UK offices of Theatre Rights Worldwide five floors above Regent Street to talk to TRW vice president, Drew Baker, about licensing and performing musicals. If you have written a musical – perhaps for your own students – then maybe you’d like it to have an afterlife in other schools. If […]