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September 20, 2017 Susan Elkin

When “help” doesn’t help

When dementia first starts to nibble, it’s tiny things such as slight slowness of speech when you’re tired or suddenly deciding that...

September 17, 2017 Susan Elkin

The Blinding Light (Susan Elkin reviews)

It’s a real pleasure to see a tight, intelligent, grown-up straight play. And when you do, you realise how unusual it has...

September 17, 2017 Susan Elkin

Dangerous Daughters (Susan Elkin reviews)

Premiered in 2010 by the MTA’s inaugural intake, Dangerous Daughters (writer Nick Stimson, composed Annemarie Lewis Thomas) is a show which has...

September 17, 2017 Susan Elkin

The State of Things (Susan Elkin reviews)

Seven comprehensive school students are preparing their GCSE music performance. They’re a mixed bunch but all committed to music and all wanting...

September 17, 2017 Susan Elkin

The Sword and the Dope (Susan Elkin reviews)

The joke about expecting to get terrible reviews because “it’s in this show’s manifesto isn’t it?” sounds very confident. Sadly, that confidence...

September 17, 2017 Susan Elkin

You can’t teach what you don’t do

In his 1903 play Man and Superman  Bernard Shaw famously observes that “He, who can, does. He, who cannot, teaches”. And it...

September 10, 2017 Susan Elkin

What use is a university drama course?

It’s dead easy to get into university. It’s very hard to get into a good drama school. Why? Applicants should reflect on...

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