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Have directors gone gender-blind manic? Conventional casting still has an important role too

In Features, London theatre, Opinion, Sticky by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

It all feels to me a bit manic and contrived – a sort of industrial over compensation for several centuries of doing plays according to the conventions of the social period in which they were written. I also sense some vying with each other to see who can come up with the most unlikely bit of gender-blind casting.

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‘This penny-pinching decision smacks of ignorance’: We need career development loans in the performing arts

In Books, Children's theatre, Features, London theatre, Opinion, Reviews by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

Professional and Career Development Loans were a lifeline for students like these. Now that such loans have gone many of them will simply not be able to pursue the career they want – irrespective of how talented they are. There are a few scholarships about but “few” is the operative word.