HOW TO

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...

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...
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