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July 29, 2018 Susan Elkin

Lives changed by theatre

Last week I  revisited two examples of theatre changing the lives of young people. Everyone in this industry – and those who...

July 22, 2018 Susan Elkin

Ban audition fees

I’ve written about audition fees many times before and make absolutely no apology for doing so again. I shall keep relentlessly banging...

July 8, 2018 Susan Elkin

We need career development loans

What with Brexit and the football I suppose there’s never been a better time to bury bad news. Of course there was...

June 10, 2018 Susan Elkin

Swan Lake for 2000 children

Last week I had the most uplifting theatrical experience of the year – so far.  I saw Swan Lake at Royal Opera...

June 3, 2018 Susan Elkin

Playing for pleasure

I write a lot about the performing arts I watch other people engaging in. Last week, for a change, it was my...

April 15, 2018 Susan Elkin

Ban rip-off audition fees

Audition fees for aspirant performers seeking vocational training are in the news. Good.  Shadow Culture Secretary, Tim Watson, has read his own...

January 28, 2018 Susan Elkin

Visiting an impressive FE provider

I often visit performing arts training providers. I always set off enthusiastically hoping (expecting) to find excellence. Often I am disappointed. But...

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