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These are just some of our occasional musings on life in the arts world in Stage Whispers, the every day tale of everyday magazine folk…

  1. Noticeboard: October

    Noticeboard: October  

    News and views from around the world of the arts...

  2. October 2013: Exhibition round-up

    October 2013: Exhibition round-up  

    The Walker Art Gallery hosts a major exhibition of David Hockney’s early work which is set to get the crowds flocking to Liverpool.  The sculptor is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and this show brings together a unique selection of paintings and prints which chart his early development. Called David […]

  3. Reading Activists: on the march!

    Reading Activists: on the march!  

    A Reading Agency programme, run in conjunction with local libraries, is having a real impact in helping young people develop vital skills for adulthood through reading and creative writing. Called Reading Activists it has corralled an army of volunteers to create a variety of public events. LESLEY FINLAY shares her own experience of this brilliant scheme...

  4. Film: first festival for young people

    Film: first festival for young people  

    The national charity Filmclub goes from strength to strength and this autumn holds its first National Youth Film Festival as MOIRA MCVEAN explains....

  5. Museum brings home Jane Austen’s ring

    Museum brings home Jane Austen’s ring  

    An amazing effort by Jane Austen fans ensures a family treasure remains in Britain - and doesn't travel to the home of US singer Kelly Clarkson! LESLEY FINLAY found out more...

  6. Words, words, words!


    Derrick Gask, from Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, shares five of his favourite Shakespearean inventions for your delectation...

  7. Coming up! Shakespeare Schools Festival


    Shakespeare Schools Festival is the largest youth drama festival in the UK, giving primary, secondary and special schools the chance to perform abridged Shakespeare plays in professional theatres across the UK every autumn. This year, SSF are working with 1,000 schools who will perform in one of 120 theatres across the UK. the festival is backed […]

  8. War Horse show goes on the road

    War Horse show goes on the road  

    The National Theatre’s learning Programme manager Melanie Whitehead told LESLEY FINLAY about what audiences can expect from the War Horse tour...

  9. Let’s get digital


    Teacher EDNA HOBBS has a tip for fellow English (and drama) teachers...

  10. National Youth Theatre grows up

    National Youth Theatre grows up  

    The National Youth Theatre's artistic director and CEO PAUL ROSEBY describes the work of this new company...