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I am something of a backstage generalist. I originally trained in sound design, then became a lighting op, and now I’m working as an...
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@DevaneBoyd – Is it important for actors to have a social media presence? We live in an age where an actor’s ‘bums on seats’ power...
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Last year, I wrote in these pages about ways to find out about what technical theatre jobs are available and how to choose the...
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Most people probably start four or five new jobs in a lifetime. All the associated stress, the fitting in, the making of new workmates...
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1. Be prepared Turn up prepared. The life of a jobbing lighting designer is such that you might have been through several other shows since...
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Some years ago I had a meeting about directing in a country with a different theatremaking culture to our own. The actors and production...
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1. Take steps to secure funding If your project has an issue or topic at its heart, then you may be able to find non-arts...

The Shakespeare Workbook and Video, David Carey and Rebecca Clark Carey (Bloomsbury) This  admirably detailed, practical exercise and advice-filled book aims to help actors –...
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A theatre producer is a self-employed creative entrepreneur, who has somehow got it into their head that if you put on a good show...
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I was originally supposed to be up here at the Edinburgh Fringe with another actor friend but he had a job come up at...
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@westendproducer Any advice on raising funds to get to drama college, I start in September and I'm running out of time! — Alex (@alex_james_14) August...
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1. Pick a method of financing Commercial or subsidised? Decide on how you are going to finance your project. On commercial projects, you are looking...
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