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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 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...

November 25, 2018 Susan Elkin

Learning about the craft of theatre

A few years ago there was a lot of anxious talk about worsening skills shortages in the performing arts industries. Young people...

October 14, 2018 Susan Elkin

Rule-bound schools hard to work in

I used to love visiting schools. Having taught for many years in secondary schools myself and visited, in various capacities, literally hundreds...

September 2, 2018 Susan Elkin

Why do we bother with bag checks?

What is the point of the perfunctory bag checks which have arrived in theatreland during the last couple of years? Apart from...

July 29, 2018 Susan Elkin

Lives changed by theatre

Last week I  revisited two examples of theatre changing the lives of young people. Everyone in this industry – and those who...

July 22, 2018 Susan Elkin

Ban audition fees

I’ve written about audition fees many times before and make absolutely no apology for doing so again. I shall keep relentlessly banging...

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