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In The Stage newspaper this week: June 30

National Theatre of Scotland's Black Watch, reviewed by Joyce McMillan. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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The Stage newspaper comes out once a week and is brimming with industry news, advice, analysis and reviews from all over the UK. Here are some of the highlights from the June 30 issue. Find out where to buy your copy here

The Big Interview: Joyce McMillan

The Scottish critic found theatre not through a love of the arts, but her passion for politics. She tells Thom Dibdin why a desire to inform others led her to reviewing, how she pestered The Scotsman to give her a job and what role she believes live performance plays in promoting democracy.

A future made of virtual reality?

The immersive world of VR headsets offers audiences fresh experiences that are quintessentially theatrical.
Tim Bano looks at how tech experts and theatremakers are joining together to tell stories in new ways.

Andrzej Lukowski: We care – but it’s not up to critics to police diversity debate

The Broadway show Hamilton is pointedly diverse. Photo: Joan Marcus
The Broadway show Hamilton is pointedly diverse. Photo: Joan Marcus

After a recent online controversy, Andrzej Lukowski knows how it feels to be branded politically incorrect. As theatre breaks down gender divides and embraces colour-blind casting, he examines how critics and audiences can move on.

Meet the reviewers of the future

The Stage Critic Search is our annual competition to find the best new critics. We meet this year’s regional finalists, who are vying for the prize of £1,000 and to be a regular reviewer for The Stage.

Stephen Simms‘Drama training used to be a bit fluffy. We’ve become sharper’

When Simon Simms took a job at the Birmingham School of Acting, it was struggling. After a decade as principal, he tells Susan Elkin how joining Birmingham City University has transformed the training centre.

The Yard Theatre, Hackney: ‘We want to change the world. Otherwise, why bother?’

The Yard in east London is led by a creative team with a dynamic energy – a trait reflected in the venue’s popular productions, two of which recently transferred to the National. Artistic director Jay Miller talks to Matt Trueman.

The Canadian annual festival Montreal Completement du Cirque showcases contemporary circus arts. Photo: Andrew Miller
The Canadian annual festival Montreal Completement du Cirque showcases contemporary circus arts. Photo: Andrew Miller

International: Circus in North America

Despite its rich history of traditional circus shows, the US is a relatively undeveloped market for contemporary work, which is flourishing in Canada. Katharine Kavanagh talks to practitioners about the logistics of touring to the other side of the Atlantic.

Backstage: Fitting up and fitting in on tour

On the road, ensuring technical teams from the show and the venue communicate is crucial. Jo Caird finds out how to guarantee a production will work in every theatre


Matt Trueman Don’t panic – it’s just experimental theatre
Paul Clayton Welcome to the heady, crazy world of voice-over
Michael Ross ‘It’s wonderful to see actors breathe life into my work’
Kylie Walsh ‘Doing up to 11 shows a day is a crazy schedule’
The Green Room Any theatres you love working in – or don’t?
Careers Clinic Should I tour with a TiE company?
West End Producer If all other London options fail, get a tent
Susan Elkin Principals can often need the judgement of Solomon

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