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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...

March 10, 2019 Susan Elkin

Let’s be clear about foundation courses

I’ve thought and written a lot about performing arts foundation courses lately. It’s the time of year when students are looking at...

February 24, 2019 Susan Elkin

Widen access to under-5 shows

Rewind about 25 years and I’m in the Gulbenkian Theatre at Canterbury seeing, by invitation, a jolly little play about a dog....

February 17, 2019 Susan Elkin

Hurrah for pub theatres

Let’s hear it for pub theatres. Unheard of when I was a London teenager in the 1960s, there are now over 70...

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...