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  1. Royal Opera House Trailblazers

    Royal Opera House Trailblazers  

    If you think the Royal Opera House is all, and only, about toffs enjoying an abstruse art form in very expensive seats then you couldn’t be more wrong. Susan Elkin went along to Thurrock to find out more. The company’s very active Learning and Participation team works very hard indeed to include and develop people […]

  2. Seaing the potential

    Seaing the potential  

    The new-look Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough plays an important role in the engagement of young people in the area. Mark Glover speaks to Associate Director Diana Logan about the recent refurbishment, strong teacher relationships and how youth engagement is a life-long project on the North Yorkshire coast. As a seaside resort Scarborough is as […]

  3. Puppetry

    Puppetry  

    With many productions incorporating puppetry, Susan Elkin takes a look at the growth of this traditional artform and the training opportunities now available. Puppetry has probably been around for as long as children and adults have played make-believe games. Hold a tree branch in a certain way or make it “walk”. It becomes a tiny […]

  4. Punchdrunk – Small Wonders

    Punchdrunk – Small Wonders  

    Creating innovative theatre experiences and education workshops, Susan Elkin visits Punchdrunk in North London in advance of Small Wonders, their next production. Founded by Felix Barrett 19 years ago, Punchdrunk has long had an admirable track record of cutting edge, immersive shows which reach audiences and use spaces innovatively. The work has evolved beyond “promenade […]

  5. EXHIBITION: Human Relationships

    EXHIBITION: Human Relationships  

    Two contrasting shows at the Tate Modern and Tate Britain caught the attention of Graham Hooper, who provides us with an insight into both. For anyone, your fiftieth year can tricky. Suspecting that your best years are behind you, and knowing that others may well agree. Perhaps the body betrays signs of being that bit […]

  6. 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 […]

  7. THEATRE REVIEW: Julius Caesar: The Ides of March – RSC Associate Schools Programme

    THEATRE REVIEW: Julius Caesar: The Ides of March – RSC Associate Schools Programme  

    Over 150 Kent primary and secondary school pupils came together to present this collaborative version of Julius Caesar under the auspices of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Associate Schools Programme for which the Marlowe Theatre is a partner. The play (abridged to under two hours including an interval) is divided into eleven sections with each school […]

  8. Book Review: Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton

    Book Review: Potter’s Boy by Tony Mitton  

    Published by David Fickling Books I’m not usually much drawn to novels with very remote settings but this coming of age story takes us to medieval Japan and it’s a real page turner. Ryo is the son of an accomplished potter. When he meets a gentle, hugely intelligent, charismatic soldier, he decides that he wants […]

  9. Natasha Sutton Williams

    Natasha Sutton Williams  

    Singer, actor, composer and writer Natasha Sutton Williams, 29, is co-founder of the theatre company, Working Birthday. Her one woman show Freud the Musical ran to great acclaim in the recent Vaults Festival and will be part of the Reading Festival in July. Susan Elkin caught up over a coffee. Where do you come from? I can’t […]

  10. Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play

    Sir Lenny Henry has helped launch Let’s Play  

    The National Theatre’s major new initiative supporting the development of drama and theatre in primary schools across the country. Developed by professional theatre artists alongside teachers and senior leaders from primary schools across the country, Let’s Play is an ambitious creative learning programme designed to transform creativity and theatre-making in schools.  Using a programme of Continued Professional Development […]