Mates blogger: Susan Elkin

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Susan Elkin
Susan Elkin is a former teacher of secondary English. She has also been a very active and eclectic freelance journalist for more than 25 years. She now focuses on education, performing arts and books, and was education and training editor at The Stage newspaper 2015-2016. Susan is the author of over 40 books, mostly on education and performing arts topics, including So You Want to Work in Theatre (Nick Hern Books). In 2016, she launched her personal website
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Are black and Asian actors really losing out on Shakespeare?

In Features, London theatre, Native, News, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre, Scotland, Touring by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

Of course I want to see lots of excellent black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) actors cast in lead roles. No thinking theatre lover wouldn’t. The best and most suitable actors for every part, please. I am, however, disturbed by the distorted way in which last week’s report led by Jami Rogers for the University of Warwick and based on the Black and Asian Shakespeare Performance Database has been spun.

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Spare me 58 repetitions of a single word in an hour

In Features, London theatre, Native, Opinion, Plays, Regional theatre by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

There is no such thing as “bad” language. Words – all words – are meant to be used. That is why they have evolved. But there is definitely such a thing as weak, repetitive, lazy language, and I hear far too much of it in the theatre. Take drama school graduate showcases, for example, which I often have to review. …

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Could unisex be the answer to the West End’s toilet troubles?

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

I am available for hire as theatre lavatories consultant. My rates are reasonable. And if any venue, especially in the West End, thinks it doesn’t need my services then I have news for you. You do. I hope you’re reading this, Cameron Mackintosh, because I know your plans for the Ambassadors Theatre have been submitted to Westminster City Council. And …

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Want a review? Give me the basic information

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

This blog is a bleat. And I hope the producers and promoters of theatre for children are paying attention. Sadly, theatre for children – other than at Christmas when it briefly moves centre stage – remains at best a fringe venture and at worst a Cinderella genre. So it needs all the publicity and attention it can get. Right?

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