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May 19, 2019 Susan Elkin

Texts of new plays

As a theatre critic/interested person, I really like it when the theatre programme I’m issued with is also the text of the...

May 12, 2019 Susan Elkin

Suspension of the Guildford Two

Guildford School of Acting has just axed (“not recruiting for 2019/20”) two courses: BA Hons Theatre & Performance and BA Hons Dance....

May 5, 2019 Susan Elkin

Sex, plays and casting

Everywhere I go people are talking about “gender fluidity” in casting and production concept. Women are being widely cast in roles originally...

April 28, 2019 Susan Elkin

Make student loans more inclusive

A degree won’t make you an actor if you don’t have the potential to be one. Neither will any other formal qualification....

April 22, 2019 Susan Elkin

Reviewing amateur shows

I review many dozens of professional shows every year ranging from tiny scale two-handers on the extreme edges of the fringe to...

April 14, 2019 Susan Elkin

Susan Elkin as playwright?

So what makes a good subject for a play? A historical footnote? (Emilia, Our Country’s Good). A major bit of history? (Six...

April 7, 2019 Susan Elkin

The diversity of diversity

Everyone I speak to at the moment wants to talk about diversity. This week, Matthew Xia, in a very congenial, relaxed interview,...

March 31, 2019 Susan Elkin

Go and see the loos at Above the Stag

I bang on about the appalling lack of civilised lavatorial facilities in theatres so often that it’s become a joke amongst my...

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