HOW TO

1. Believe anything is possible with the right attitude Pop-Up Opera started with 12 performances and now we do 90 a year over three seasons. Our...

1. Know the environment well We work with two strands in our practice: black box theatre and canape routines, performed in places as varied as casinos,...

Creating your own work is a proven way of breaking into this competitive industry. Young theatremakers and a leading arts consultant tell Susan Elkin...

1. Foundations Make sure you read the whole play – a synopsis is useful but don’t rely on that alone. You must ensure you have a...

1. Feelings first When I ask young people at Next Generation Youth Theatre why they keep coming back, the resounding response is less about their art...

1. Find the story When I began work on the script for Wisdom of a Fool it became clear I’d have to be ruthless with...

1. #Gethashtagging If you’re in a play and want to help get more bums on seats then you can’t shy away from the power of social...

1. Swap and think Start by writing a scene between a man and a woman as you normally might, then swap the genders around without changing...

1. Plan your finances After studying performing arts at college, I secured a job as a performer at Disneyland Paris. I had to set up a...

1. Take a class Preparing for a movement/dance call doesn’t mean packing a bag the morning of. It means putting into practice your training, organisation skills...

1. Create a festival world Rural areas can cover huge spaces and our audiences can’t necessarily afford the time and cost of travelling to venues further...

1. Leverage the power of labels The way we label events in our life is powerful. Most ‘unconscious’ actors label all negative audition experiences as ‘tragedies’....
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