HOW TO

1. Don’t be afraid to start Acting is one of the most wonderful vocations that you can choose to pursue. Once you start to act, you...

1. Take every opportunity They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. Coming from a working-class background, the chances are family names and...

1. Balancing your creativity Small-scale theatre doesn’t mean scaling down your ideas, but keep in mind the theatre space for which you are designing. You can...

1. Be positive Some people think this type of work is beneath them. If only they could realise how much you can hone your craft in...

1. Be yourself Explore what makes you ridiculous. Find what makes you laugh and gives you pleasure on stage, what makes you happy. Don’t just copy...

1. Get the word out early Bringing an American musical to the British stage is a lot harder if it’s not very well known here. Hamilton,...

1. Decide what kind of drag you’re doing It’s important to acknowledge what kind of drag artist the character is. I’m currently rehearsing the title role...

1. Have fun on stage – work hard behind the scenes Improv is not some side thing. It’s a full-on art form that will change you,...

1. Accept reality For every performer, there will be times of feast and famine, sunshine and rain – even for those at the top of their...

1. Be prepared Make sure your scripts or scores are printed, properly compiled and typed out very clearly, ready for the performers to use. Know exactly...

1. Identity Having presence on stage and screen as well as creating a wider awareness of you as an actor is a subjective thing, but for me...

1. Go beyond acts and routines Two hundred and forty-nine years ago, Philip Astley put a series of performers’ cabaret acts and daring feats in a...
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