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December 3, 2017 Susan Elkin

Making Shakespeare work

The world’s largest Shakespeare Festival ends this week after 292 performance nights in theatres all over the country. I refer, of course,...

November 26, 2017 Susan Elkin

No monkeying around

I have followed the success of Fourth Monkey Training Company, which launched in 2010, almost since before it was a twinkle in...

October 22, 2017 Susan Elkin

Over recruitment?

I’m often invited to drama schools – to see shows, meet students, admire premises, chat to staff or whatever. I’ve been to...

October 15, 2017 Susan Elkin

Should we teach theatre etiquette?

We all want to see lots of young people in theatres. And having got them there of course, in an ideal world,...

September 17, 2017 Susan Elkin

You can’t teach what you don’t do

In his 1903 play Man and Superman  Bernard Shaw famously observes that “He, who can, does. He, who cannot, teaches”. And it...

September 10, 2017 Susan Elkin

What use is a university drama course?

It’s dead easy to get into university. It’s very hard to get into a good drama school. Why? Applicants should reflect on...

August 27, 2017 Susan Elkin

Meisner in Balham

Last week I went to Balham – a bit of an adventure in itself because it’s an area of London I don’t...

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