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HOW TO

1. Believe in the piece There’s probably not much worse than having to get your kit off in a show that you don’t believe in. Luckily...

1. Plan and play Being a theatre polymath is fun and, unless you’ve got money-buttered bread, necessary. How many hats you wear is up to you,...

1. How is the story bigger than you? The key question in the play will be: what is this particular story inviting your audience to consider?...

1. Beats In comedy plays there are beats within the text, but I’m focusing here on physical beats: a movement (or sometimes a dead stillness)...

1. The belief mindset A solid belief in your abilities, training and business strategy is vital to increasing your confidence and advancing your career. Here is...

1. Pick your material carefully This is a very important one. Your job is to take someone else’s hard work, shorten it, add some jokes...

1. Push theatre beyond sight and sound Our senses are the way we come to perceive or understand the world around us. To make audiences feel...

1. Know the craft Not just magic in all its forms (close up, illusions, parlour, stage and outdoor), but also the craft of storytelling in the...

1. Be open Commercial castings are very different to those of theatre, film and TV. You will have learned about the importance of openness at drama...

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...
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