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June 24, 2018 Susan Elkin

Books still matter

Last week I attended the 2018 Theatre Book Prize award ceremony. From a shortlist of five titles, Nicholas Hytner won with Balancing...

June 17, 2018 Susan Elkin

Valuing bands

This is a blog in praise of pit bands – all those hardworking talented musicians who lurk mostly out of sight in...

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...

May 27, 2018 Susan Elkin

Working with weather and alpacas

Credit Alistair Muir Last week I went to Open Air Theatre, Regents Park to review the revival of their outstandingly original and...

May 20, 2018 Susan Elkin

Reviews, fees and freebies

Do you have to be paid a fee by a publication in order for your review to be critically valid? Personally I...

May 13, 2018 Susan Elkin

Lots of new theatre books

The shelf I reserve for newly arrived theatre books is beginning to groan so it’s obviously time for a round up. There’s...

May 6, 2018 Susan Elkin

Criticising quotas is not racism

Please do me the courtesy of reading this blog slowly twice before you react. What I’m actually about to say should supersede...

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