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John Byrne. Photo: Catherine Usher

YOUR PROBLEM It’s been almost six months since I did my first audition for a lead role in a major new musical – the...
West End Producer. Photo: Matt Crockett

@westendproducer @TheStage How do you deal with disappointment/ rejection? #dear — Emily Can't Dance (@YaCantDanceEm) May 19, 2015 Rejection is a big part of being an...
generic musical theatre audition

1. Be prepared Be completely on top of your material. You will be asked to sing either a song from the show, which is sent...
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1. Watch the soaps The soaps are usually a writer’s entry-level job in TV, and some of the bigger ones, such as Coronation Street, are...
The Stage Expressions Scholarship winners Abigail Bryan and Charlotte Forde

Abigail Bryan, 18, from Stockton-on-Tees, will now be attending Expressions Performing Arts’ full-time, three-year musical theatre course. Abigail said: “For once in my life,...
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? —...