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February 10, 2019 Susan Elkin

Make plays audible

I’ve seen several plays recently (no names no pack drill) in which I have missed an occasional line. There is nothing, I...

February 3, 2019 Susan Elkin

Do you keep your theatre programmes?

So what do you do with theatre programmes aka playbills (in the USA)? They make nice souvenirs of an evening out but...

January 27, 2019 Susan Elkin

The dead Mockingbird debacle

To Kill a Mockingbird. Oh dear. The production which originated at the Open Air Theatre, Regents Park in 2015 before touring nationwide...

January 20, 2019 Susan Elkin

Reviewing student shows – or not

The Stage used to review drama school showcases regularly and a large number of them fell to me. They’re not the easiest...

January 13, 2019 Susan Elkin

How not to alienate critics

Theatre critics have diaries bubbling with commitments. There’s some sort of press night or performance almost every day and often more than...

January 6, 2019 Susan Elkin

Drama school grads very employable

Parents often tell me they’re worried about offspring who want to train for a professional performing arts career. They fret about future...

December 23, 2018 Susan Elkin

Lies, damned lies and advertorial

Yes, I know we’re in a fiercely competitive industry. Everyone trying to make a living in it has to do everything possible...

December 16, 2018 Susan Elkin

It’s a play not a funeral

Fashion models are, I presume, trained to look as sour as possible on the catwalk. They stomp about looking as if they’re...

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