Getting involved in a theatre group, whether community or professional, comes with the utter joy of meeting a whole bunch of like-minded people all with the same goal of putting on an excellent show. Those individuals that start off as your acquaintances soon become endearing friends that you couldn’t live without, but there are so many ways that theatre groups are like family, it’s hard not to compare the two.Read More
A play can change your life in many ways. As an actor, you may meet people in the cast or stage crew that become your new best friends. So, what do you do when it’s over? Here are some tips for how I overcome post-show blues.Read More
Let's face it: you've chosen a tough business. The competition is fierce, and people can be ruthless at times.
Chances are you are doing musical theatre because you are passionate. You can't imagine doing anything else. This is what you want more than anything, so it hurts that much more when things don't work out.
So how do you deal with that?Read More
Well, good friends, we are living in volatile times. This is by no means a surprise. Predictions were made and reality soon followed suit. We are alerted on social media when the next controversy rolls in. Then, we find out it either wasn’t a controversy or it was and people don’t believe there even was a controversy. The comments section is filled to the brim with people who sit by their keyboards waiting to pounce on the next unsuspecting person they disagree with. To top it all off, there have been rumors that government funding for the arts will be cut. While this is disheartening, (one theatre maker I know personally questioned the longevity of our profession), it is not surprising.Read More
It’s the end of winter. You can’t think of anything more satisfying than sitting at home in your pajamas with the fire on and a steaming mug of chocolate in hand. But...you’ve got a rehearsal. You dread leaving the house and braving the storm, de-icing the car and attempting to carry all of your props and costumes without risking injury. Then you arrive at the venue, begin your craft and forget all about the world outside.Read More
Peppa Pig and friends arrive at the Marlowe Theatre tomorrow in Canterbury, England. While it's only a two day stay in the Kent theatre, PETA(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking the theatre not to traumatize children attending the performances, by serving Peppa as food in Marlowe's restaurant.Read More
Imelda Staunton made a statement suggesting a ban on food and drink in theatres, also stating “I don’t know why people can’t engage in just one thing. I don’t understand this obsession with having to eat or drink something at every moment of the day.”Read More
It’s a question that comes up in debate time and again; can something that is truly beautiful really be perfectly functional? And can something that works absolutely as it should also be stunning to look at? Can these two elements ever combine?
When it comes to the theatre, the answer is yes. When an auditorium is designed well, the beauty and the functionality of it come together exactly as they should to make a space that people want to be in. There are many different ways that this can be done, and here are just some of them.Read More
On the 6th December, inside the newly refurbished Victoria Palace Theatre, the lights came up on Hamilton for the first time in London. It's finally happened. Hamilton is here, and it's already a hit. In fact, the show is almost completely sold out for the whole of its run – but fear not. The Hamilton £10 Lottery has also been announced, which means that you can enter to win the chance to buy tickets for only £10 … every day!Read More