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December 9, 2018 Susan Elkin

Christmas shows and all who sail in them

‘This the season to be jolly. And I saw and reviewed my first four Christmas productions last week: Evolution Pantomimes’s Cinderella at...

November 25, 2018 Susan Elkin

Learning about the craft of theatre

A few years ago there was a lot of anxious talk about worsening skills shortages in the performing arts industries. Young people...

November 18, 2018 Susan Elkin

Vocational training at Lyric Hammersmith

It isn’t every day I stumble across a strong new vocational training opportunity which is almost free to the participants. I refer...

November 11, 2018 Susan Elkin

Auditions, sound, light, precarity

Three new  practical how-to books have landed on my desk along with one rather more academic title. Whether you’re auditioning for a...

November 4, 2018 Susan Elkin

Spice of Life

I think variety is the best thing about my life and work. In the last two weeks I’ve seen a children’s show...

October 21, 2018 Susan Elkin

Audiences deserve punctuality

Every effort should be made for every show to start on time. Shows run late far too often and I reckon that’s...

October 14, 2018 Susan Elkin

Rule-bound schools hard to work in

I used to love visiting schools. Having taught for many years in secondary schools myself and visited, in various capacities, literally hundreds...

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