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January 19, 2020 Susan Elkin

Keep blowing, banging and bowing

I see a great deal of theatre for young audiences, most of it imaginative and enjoyable. In some ways it’s the most...

January 12, 2020 Susan Elkin

When theatre evokes memories

My father, Ken Hillyer, was an accomplished folk fiddler and ceilidh band leader. He formed a group called the Southerners, the other...

December 29, 2019 Susan Elkin

Are you trained to act on screen?

Drama schools are still accused of having their heads stuck in theatrical clouds so that their graduates leave college with little idea...

December 22, 2019 Susan Elkin

Puppetry degree, anyone?

Oh how easy it is to sneer when you’re not in full possession of the facts. Last week  2,500 students surveyed by...

November 24, 2019 Susan Elkin

More apprenticeships please

Last week I called in on the National Theatre’s Creative Careers day – of which more in The Stage very soon. Suffice...

November 17, 2019 Susan Elkin

Change afoot in performance training

What was it Bob Dylan used to sing about “The times they are a’changing?” I don’t think he meant drama schools but...

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