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John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM I’m sure you’ve had to help with stage fright before, but what I’m contacting you for help with is ‘offstage fright’. Basically,...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage yes I have one... How do you? — Con O'Neill (@cononeilluk) September 8, 2014 I presume you are asking how to act. Well, the...
The library at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Photo: Patrick Baldwin

The production of books relating to the performing arts is big business. Between them, specialist publishers such as Oberon Books, Nick Hern Books, Methuen...

1. Hang on to what you are Do something every day to remind yourself you’re an actor. Take a class, learn a new performance skill...
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1. Address the basics Start by asking four basic questions. Who am I? Where am I and who’s here with me? What do I want?...
Detail from the cover of Polly Teale's Mermaid play text

Moving Sites: Investigating Site Specific Dance Performance, edited by Victoria Hunter This scholarly tome from Routledge presents a series of essays on various aspects of...

Eleven-year-olds Ella Schrey, from Tottenham, and Daniella O’Dwyer, from Barnet, have won two half-scholarships towards attending the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School full-time for the...
John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM A couple of years ago I was really pleased to land one of my first roles in a character part in a...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage what do you think of the theatre's sizeist attitude? And what would you say is the smallest 'acceptable' size? — Rowan (@RowanKitchen) June...
Mal Barton, head of costume workroom at the Royal Opera House, with apprentice Robin McGrorty

If you venture backstage in an old West End theatre, it can often feel unchanged from the day it was built. Theatre is created...
Shaun Williamson and Anthony Topham in Phil Willmott's production of Rhinestone Mondays

I can't believe I'm going to attempt to write this. There's nothing more pretentious or doomed to failure then trying to analyse a joke....
A scene from Les Miserables. Photo: Tristram Kenton

1.Get a routine Working on a long run requires discipline and stamina. Because you’re not needed at work until the evening (most of the time),...