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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...

March 24, 2019 Susan Elkin

Audition fees: scandalous discrimination

Last week Henry Bell, Sheffield-based lecturer and performance director, tweeted: “I’m currently helping a student to apply to drama school. They are...

March 17, 2019 Susan Elkin

Open air theatre: mad but delightful

The open air season will soon be upon us. “…if winter comes, can spring be far behind? as Shelley puts it. And...

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