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In The Stage newspaper this week: October 19

Tracy Brabin in Guildford Shakespeare’s production of The Winter’s Tale in 2016. Photo: Guildford Shakespeare
Tracy Brabin in Guildford Shakespeare’s production of The Winter’s Tale in 2016. Photo: Guildford Shakespeare
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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 October 19 which contains our annual advice on how to choose your drama school...

The Big Interview: Tracy Brabin

Real-life tragedy in Tracy Brabin’s hometown catapulted the former theatre and TV actor into the political spotlight. A year after she was elected MP for Batley and Spen, the seat held by her close friend Jo Cox, murdered in 2016, she tells Tim Bano how she plans to use her position in the shadow cabinet to champion the performing arts.

Alan Lane: Volunteers can help theatre connect with our fractured nation

Scenes from Flood, produced by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Slung Low, in which citizen performers worked alongside a core cast of professionals. Photo: Thomas Arran
Scenes from Flood, produced by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and Slung Low, in which citizen performers worked alongside a core cast of professionals. Photo: Thomas Arran

The companies of both opening ceremonies at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics are great examples of how the UK excels at people’s theatre. Now, says Alan Lane, a correct reading of the current state of the art form is vital.

How to choose your drama school special

Our experts look at applying, auditioning and choosing the best school for you.

Dance Umbrella: Bringing dance to parts of the capital that others don’t reach

Rocio Molina in Fallen from Heaven. Photo: Djfrat

The Dance Umbrella festival returns to London this month to ‘celebrate 21st-century choreography’, with performances at some unusual venues, from Battersea Power Station to the top of two 40ft shipping containers. Its artistic director tells Rachel Elderkin her plans to expand the event as it approaches its 40th birthday.

Guillermo Calderon: ‘I grew up in a place of conflict, pain and trauma’

Guillermo Calderon
Guillermo Calderon

Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderon is making his debut at London’s Royal Court with political drama B. He tells Giverny Masso about why he hopes to strengthen Chile’s ties with the UK through his country’s Santiago a Mil International Theatre Festival.

The Real Rock Follies

Annabel Leventon and two friends formed 1970s girl band Rock Bottom, but had their dreams of stardom crushed when an original idea to star in their own show was snatched from under their noses by a TV station. She tells Nick Smurthwaite about the unhappy saga and the lawsuit that followed, as recalled in her new memoir.

How puppet masters brought Dr Seuss’ the Lorax to life

Simon Paisley Day, Laura Caldow, Ben Thompson and David Ricardo-Pearce. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Simon Paisley Day, Laura Caldow, Ben Thompson and David Ricardo-Pearce. Photo: Manuel Harlan

Creating the star of The Lorax requires more than some fur, cord and rods. Holly Williams discovers how an ‘animal superhero’ comes to life with an unfixed gaze, a sculptural body and a barber-crafted moustache.

Plus more opinion, advice and interviews...

Mark Shenton It's time we spoke up about assault in our own industry
Lyn Gardner Theatremakers must see others' work
Matt Trueman Let's start by trying to make a difference
Erica Whyman In the wake of Weinstein, theatre must look at itself
The Green Room What would make your ideal drama school?
West End Producer A-Z of drama schools?'
Grace Smart How to design a 'cool' set

 

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