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John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM In a recent column you discussed the problems older actors sometimes have with getting work. I’ve been in the business for more...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage what do you think schools should be Doing to encourage the Arts and should we do more? — Rikki Jackson (@jacksorm) May 10,...
Gemma Oaten, James Hooten and Jane Cox in Emmerdale. Photo: ITV

To see how far ‘soap opera’ has developed from its origins in 1930s American radio, where daily domestic dramas sold the detergents and other...
Generic audition casting

1. Box (set) clever If the show you are auditioning for is already on air, do as much research as you can on recent series,...

1. Share and share alike Probably the biggest resistance factor for first-time actors on social media is the fear that ‘I won’t have anything interesting...
John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM Having graduated a year ago, and done a couple of projects with friends – which did get me an agent – you...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage what would be your advice to someone who is applying again to drama school next year to do in their year out? —...
Joan Rodgers in Powder Her Face at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House. But it’s not just opera singers who need to look after their voices. Photo: Tristram Kenton

Voice problems can affect you at any time in your career and when they do, what you took for granted seems unattainable, part of...
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1. Put it in perspective This may be your first audition but it is unlikely to be your last. Therefore whatever happens today, good or...
Bevan Celestine in I Wish to Die Singing at the Finborough Theatre. Photo: Scott Rylander

One of the things I love most about my work as a playwright is the justification it gives me to lie on the sofa...

1. Cut down the leg work No matter how keen you are to take a particular class, have a careful look at the location. Late-night...
Hugh Maynard. Photo: Darren Bell

Hugh Maynard plays John in Miss Saigon at Prince Edward Theatre. He has a long musical theatre track record, is part of the concert...