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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Is it ever okay to troll a critic online over a negative review. The Stage critic Susan Elkin warns of the consequences after several run-ins with pantomime artists over the holidays.
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. …
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 …
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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