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‘If you prick us do we not bleed?’: Critics deserve to be treated with basic courtesy too

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

The message of course – and, thank goodness, most companies are already well aware of it – is that if you want your show reviewed, both this one and the ones you’ll produce in the future, then you need to treat critics with basic courtesy. “If you prick us do we not bleed?”

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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

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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.

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It’s never too late to play music for pleasure…

In Classical music, Concerts, Features, Inspiring people, Opinion by Susan ElkinLeave a Comment

I write a lot about the performing arts I watch other people engaging in. Last week, for a change, it was my turn. I went to Benslow Music in Hitchin for three days – for the sixth or seventh time and immersed myself in string quartets for three days. It was my birthday on the […]

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‘Infuriating, offensive & bloody rude to the performers’: Don’t flash your phone – even to read the programme

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It’s unusual these days to sit in the theatre for more than a few minutes without the darkness and your concentration being disturbed by someone nearby flashing a mobile phone on. It’s infuriating, offensive and bloody rude to the performers. It’s only a notch or two less obnoxious than letting the device ring.