Pause for Thought

  1. Advice for the determined

    Advice for the determined  

    Susan Elkin proffers some sage advice for those exploring the options for drama training and looking for a career in the theatre. So what do you tell a talented, theatre-loving student who wants to be an actor? Traditionally parents and teachers simply dowsed her or him in cold water by observing that actors spend most […]

  2. Pause for thought…

    Pause for thought…  

    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the 20th century’s most important novels. Published in 1960, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, it stated firmly that black lives matter very much – eight years before the death of Martin Luther King and 60 years before the death of George Floyd. Yes, the issues are still […]

  3. Pause for thought… Diversity = Inclusivity

    Pause for thought… Diversity = Inclusivity  

    Susan Elkin makes a case that cultural diversity should not be at the expense of inclusivity. I live in the London Borough of Lewisham. It is, I learned recently,  London’s most diverse borough. And that is one of the many things I love about it. When, five years ago, I moved back to my native borough […]

  4. Teaching Shakespeare

    Teaching Shakespeare  

    Don’t ignore the bard, implores Susan Elkin.

  5. Pause for thought… Value trad texts

    Pause for thought… Value trad texts  

    Susan Elkin implores you to maintain a broad reading list for younger readers, including titles perhaps now overlooked.

  6. Pause for thought… Why Arts Matter

    Pause for thought… Why Arts Matter  

    Susan Elkin makes a strong case for preserving and integrating arts opportunities in schools.

  7. Play them classical music

    Play them classical music  

    A lifelong lover of classical music, Susan Elkin extols its virtues and implores you to expose your students to more of it, for their benefit and possibly yours!

  8. Pause for thought… Saving Music Lessons

    Pause for thought… Saving Music Lessons  

    Susan Elkin asks where are the musicians of the future going to come from if we don’t catch them young? If you are to become proficient on an orchestral instrument – horn or cello, say – you need to start young and stick at it. And that means lessons, encouragement and opportunities consistently over many […]

  9. PAUSE FOR THOUGHT… Eating and drinking

    PAUSE FOR THOUGHT… Eating and drinking  

    Susan Elkin champions the case for banning food and drink in theatres If you want to picnic then go to a park. In a theatre “The play’s the thing” in every sense. Eating and drinking are for elsewhere. Traditionally gentlemen bought rustly chocolates to impress the ladies they wanted to impress. Theatres sold said expensive […]