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Immersion in history through drama

Samantha O’Reilly, head of drama and lead practitioner at Coombe Boys’ School in New Malden, demonstrates the potentials of cross curricular learning through the medium of drama. In October 2014, the National Youth Theatre’s chief executive Paul Roseby remarked about drama at GCSE that ‘by engaging other subjects in the value of drama I believe it will gain respect, not just from … Continue reading Immersion in history through drama

Alexandra Ridout wins BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award

17-year-old trumpeter Alexandra Ridout has won the BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award. The final took place at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on 12 March. Ridout and the four other finalists performed alongside the Gwilym Simcock Trio and were judged by Tim Garland, Gwyneth Herbert, Zoe Rahman, Byron Wallen and the Chair of the … Continue reading Alexandra Ridout wins BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award

Louise Jeffreys to join ENO board

English National Opera has announced that Louise Jeffreys is joining its board of trustees with immediate effect. She will sit on the artistic committee, which is led by Anthony Whitworth-Jones. Jeffreys is director of arts at the Barbican Centre. She was previously head of theatre and arts projects at the Barbican, leading its bite (Barbican International Theatre Events) … Continue reading Louise Jeffreys to join ENO board

BBCSSO announces 2016/17 season

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2016/17 season. The season, which is Thomas Dausgaard’s first as chief conductor, includes a series of new commissions inspired by Scottish culture. The Scottish Inspirations series comprises five new BBC commissions by composers including Helen Grime, Sally Beamish and Jay Capperauld. Other highlights include the recreation of … Continue reading BBCSSO announces 2016/17 season

Mark Wigglesworth resigns from ENO

Mark Wigglesworth will resign as music director of English National Opera at the end of the current season. He began his tenure in October 2015. In a letter sent to ENO musicians sent on 22 March, Wigglesworth wrote: ‘On the one hand this has been the hardest decision of my professional life. The music making we … Continue reading Mark Wigglesworth resigns from ENO

RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio

The Royal Northern College of Music is to refurbish its Studio Theatre with the world’s largest BOXY modular studio system. The theatre, previously used for small-scale productions and concerts, will become a rehearsal and recording area. The 12m x 11m x 4m BOXY pod (the largest provided by the company) will incorporate a fully-equipped recording studio. It will … Continue reading RNCM to install world’s largest BOXY modular studio

Sound and Music launches initiative to address lack of diversity in new music

Sound and Music has launched a new initiative to address the lack of diversity in new music. The Active Encouragement: Pathways programme invites UK composers and music creators who are either registered disabled or from backgrounds other than White British to join Sound and Music’s talent development residency programmes. The programme has been created in … Continue reading Sound and Music launches initiative to address lack of diversity in new music

BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS | BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 IN B FLAT, OP 83

Beethoven Piano Concertos No.4 in G, Op.58, BA 9024-90, £21.50 No 5 in E flat, Op.73, BA 9025-90, £21.00 Bärenreiter Brahms Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat, Op 83 Peters EP 11407, £15.95 Henle HN 1231, £21.50 I reviewed Bärenreiter’s previous Beethoven concertos (1 and 2) in MT August 2014. Here again, you get … Continue reading BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTOS | BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO NO 2 IN B FLAT, OP 83

Arts council concerns for future audiences

The arts sector has been warned that it cannot rely on ‘traditional culture vultures’ to make up their future audiences. Concerns have been raised about the future of theatre audiences, as Arts Council England update their audience profiling document, Arts Audiences – Insight. The two categories which were identified as ‘highly engaged’ were ‘traditional culture … Continue reading Arts council concerns for future audiences

New online resource to aid teachers in engaging students

Ch-arted is an online resource encouraging cross-curricular activities. The project, developed by The Customs House, launched at the end of September. The site will be updated quarterly with ideas for classroom activities, lesson plans and interactive educational tools. All the resources have been purposefully created to involve young people in subjects and issues which apply … Continue reading New online resource to aid teachers in engaging students

Theatre Awards UK 2011

Yesterday saw the Theatrical Management Association’s 2011 Theatre Awards UK take place at the Banqueting House, Whitehall. The awards, which were relaunched this year, honoured all aspects of the theatre world, from those on stage to the people excelling in the management and promotion of the theatres themselves. The Stage Award for Outstanding Contribution to … Continue reading Theatre Awards UK 2011

New UCAS blog for prospective students

UCAS are hosting a series of applicants blogs on their website. They follow students’ journeys into higher education. A cross-section of young people are documenting the process of applying to university. A selection of UK and international students are sharing their experiences of everything from writing personal statements, keeping on top of application deadlines, to trying not to … Continue reading New UCAS blog for prospective students

Fill you in Friday

Too busy to keep track of all the latest events and workshops coming up? Teaching Drama has done the work for you – we’re giving you the updates so you won’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities from teachers and students. TheatreCraft The Beyond the Stage Careers Fair TheatreCraft is home … Continue reading Fill you in Friday

Frantic Assembly, Lovesong Review

Here’s another chance to read our review from Autumn 2 of Frantic Assembly’s Lovesong.  In our forthcoming issue, out 20 December, we talk to the Frantic Assembly team about why education is so important to their company. Get your copy at www.pocketmags.com or subscribe at www.teaching-drama.co.uk. Production review:  Frantic Assembly – Lovesong  Star Rating * * * … Continue reading Frantic Assembly, Lovesong Review

TMA to help support local authorities

A new scheme has been launched by the Theatrical Management Association (TMA) to help local authorities sustain theatre provisions. TMA will provide advice on reducing costs and boosting income and link up organisations facing similar challenges. Chief executive of TMA, Julian Bird said: ‘We have started to gather a database of good practice all around the UK and will … Continue reading TMA to help support local authorities

Stage and screen inundated with Eton alumni

Eton College has a prestigious reputation for producing Britain’s politicians and diplomats, but there are an increasing amount of British stage and screen stars that are coming through those infamous Eton doors. With a 400 seat main theatre, along with two studio spaces on the school’s premises, it’s no surprise Eton college students get a taste for drama during … Continue reading Stage and screen inundated with Eton alumni

Ministers slash value of 3000 vocational courses

Over 3000 vocational qualifications have had their value cut by ministers, losing the exams recognition in the league tables. Currently some courses, such as nail technology and fish husbandry, can be equivalent to up to 4 GCSEs. The government has accused some schools of using these kinds of vocational qualifications as a way to boost … Continue reading Ministers slash value of 3000 vocational courses

Tring Park perform Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi

Tring Park have undertaken a production of Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi. This will be the first amateur production of the musical by Phil Willmot. Principal, Stefan Anderson, said: ‘We are immensely proud we’ve been given permission to perform the first amateur production of Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi. We know … Continue reading Tring Park perform Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi

Arts Council England to launch £750,000 travel fund for artists

Arts Council England has announced that it will be creating a funding scheme to enable artists from the UK to travel abroad. The Artists International Development Fund will be a collaboration between Arts Council England and British Council. Despite Chair Dame Liz Forgan’s commenting that: ‘great art isn’t about economics’, the project will offer a £750,000 … Continue reading Arts Council England to launch £750,000 travel fund for artists

Topic of the day – To Edinburgh or not to Edinburgh?

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a valued tradition amongst theatre enthusiasts. As we head further into the warmer months of the year, theatre companies, students and schools begin to hatch their plans for this year’s performances. However 2012 is not like every other year. The Olympic Games is set to completely take over London during the summer. … Continue reading Topic of the day – To Edinburgh or not to Edinburgh?

PERFORM 2012: The round-up

PERFORM 2012 took place on 9–11 March at London’s Kensington Olympia. It is the sister event to MOVE IT, a dance event for performers, students and teachers. The event was busy, with many young students eager to dance and perform at the three-day event. PERFORM was given its own corner of the hall, and was designed … Continue reading PERFORM 2012: The round-up

New theatre to be built in heart of West End

Westminster City Council has approved plans for a new theatre to be built in central London. The yet- to-be-named venue will be the first new theatre to join the West End in 30 years. The project is being undertaken by Nimax Theatres, owners of the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric and Vaudeville Theatres. Nimax have also recently … Continue reading New theatre to be built in heart of West End

Artsmark announce successful applicants to relaunched scheme

Arts Council England (ACE) have announced the first round of successful schools and educational establishments to receive Artsmark status since it’s relaunch in September 2011. There were over 1500 successful applications made to the ACE programme. The announcement comes as the manager behind Arts Award, Trinity College London, has confirmed that they will act as the national provider for … Continue reading Artsmark announce successful applicants to relaunched scheme

Kids Week and West End Live make theatre accessible this summer

While this summer looks to be dominated by sport, those with an appetite for theatre won’t be disappointed. It was predicted by theatre bigwigs such as Andrew Lloyd Webber 2012 would see theatre’s struggle against the tide of Olympic tourists. However, there are a couple of initiatives which are making London’s biggest theatre hits more … Continue reading Kids Week and West End Live make theatre accessible this summer

Remains discovered from theatre where Shakespeare’s original plays were performed

Remains from the venue in which Romeo & Juliet is thought to have been first performed have been unearthed in East London. Archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) came across The Curtain Theatre’s gallery walls and playhouse yard when redeveloping the site in Shoreditch. The Curtain Theatre is thought to be one of … Continue reading Remains discovered from theatre where Shakespeare’s original plays were performed

Kids Week sells record number of tickets in 24 hours

Over 42,000 tickets have been sold in the first 24 hours of Kids Week. Edwin Shaw, theatre consultant at See Tickets said: ‘In my memory, no other theatre promotion has sold as many tickets in a 24 hour period, so this is really very remarkable.’ Kids Week is in its 15th year and will run … Continue reading Kids Week sells record number of tickets in 24 hours

SOLT awards 13 lucky drama students with bursaries

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has awarded this year’s Laurence Olivier bursaries to 13 students attending drama schools across the UK. This year’s scheme saw £55,000 donated to drama students entering their final year of training. SOLT president Mark Rubinstein said of the applicants: ‘Following a highly competitive audition process and a remarkable display … Continue reading SOLT awards 13 lucky drama students with bursaries

International Student Drama Festival 2012

This week has seen the first International Student Drama Festival (ISDF) take place in Sheffield. The National Student Drama Festival (NSDF) took the decision to make this year’s event global, so to celebrate the Cultural Olympiad (see Teaching Drama Summer 1 for our article on the NSDF ‘Going Global‘). The 9-day festival began on 22 June with … Continue reading International Student Drama Festival 2012

Wicked Young Writers’ Award

The Wicked Young Writers’ Award is back for the third year running. The award encourages writing talent throughout the UK. Young people aged five to 25 can enter. War Horse author, Michael Morpurgo is a strong advocate, speaking of the Wicked Young Writers’ Award as something, ‘very close to my heart’. Morpurgpo said: ‘Last year … Continue reading Wicked Young Writers’ Award

The Rose announces development project

The Rose, one of Bankside’s first theatres, has unveiled its Rose Revealed project, which plans to develop the site for future use. The project proposes further archaeological excavation of the partly discovered theatre and development of the site’s facilities in order to enable better visitor access. A number of supporters were in attendance at the announcement of … Continue reading The Rose announces development project

National Theatre: Staging War Horse Exhibition

If you’re in London, walking on the South Bank, perhaps looking for a free theatre activity to indulge in, why not pop into the National Theatre to view the Staging War Horse Exhibition? It is being held in the Lyttelton Exhibition Area, which Teaching Drama did struggle to find at first among the winding staircases of the National. Many free exhibitions … Continue reading National Theatre: Staging War Horse Exhibition

Mousetrap win award for charity work

Mousetrap Theatre Projects has been awarded with the Sandford Award for Heritage Education – a first for any UK theatre organisation. The Sanford Award honours organisations for quality and excellence in their educational services and facilities at a heritage site – a prize which, until this year, had not been won by a theatre organisation. … Continue reading Mousetrap win award for charity work

New arts council head and culture secretary appointed in reshuffle

Sir Peter Bazalgette has been named as the new chairmen of Arts Council England, succeeding Dame Liz Forgan. The press had been speculating about Bazalgette’s possible appointment following the government’s decision to not re-appoint Forgan earlier this year. Bazalgette is widely known for the creation of globally successful television format Big Brother. He serves as … Continue reading New arts council head and culture secretary appointed in reshuffle

GCSE exam to be replaced by Ebacc

Exams in key subjects are set to be overhauled with the English Baccalaureate certificate (Ebacc) set to replace GCSE examinations. The new format will see the abolishment of coursework in English and maths. Modular exams will be culled, leaving students with one intensive exam at the end of study. There are also plans to have … Continue reading GCSE exam to be replaced by Ebacc

Attenborough to leave Almeida Theatre

After 11 years in the role, Michael Attenborough has announced that he is to step down as artistic director at the Almeida Theatre. Attenborough described his time at the theatre as having been, ‘consistently thrilling and rewarding.’  He made the decision to leave in Spring 2013 in order to dedicate more time to other ventures, … Continue reading Attenborough to leave Almeida Theatre

National theatre makes record £80 million

The National Theatre has revealed record-breaking takings of £80 million. The figure is more than double what the theatre made a decade ago. The period covering March 2011 to March 2012 saw National Theatre productions play to 2.3 million people. War Horse continued its success, bringing in more than £15 million of box office revenue … Continue reading National theatre makes record £80 million

BBC launch Shakespeare Festival 2016

BBC director general Tony Hall launches Shakespeare Festival 2016, a celebration of the Bard in the 400th year since his death. The festival, which is to take place this spring, includes a variety show with host and regular Bard board-treader David Tennant, a Shakespeare-centric Horrible Histories episode on CBBC, and a film adaptation of Richard III, with … Continue reading BBC launch Shakespeare Festival 2016

National Theatre: Timon of Athens – performance review

Star rating **** One of Shakespeare’s more obscure plays brought to the stage of the National with a modern twist. This production of Timon of Athens is the National Theatre’s contribution to the World Shakespeare Festival and the Cultural Olympiad – and what an interesting choice to make. Not only does it showcase one of … Continue reading National Theatre: Timon of Athens – performance review

Arts Council England to axe over 20% of workforce

Arts Council England (ACE) has announced structural changes to the organisation, which will see 118 jobs cut, 21% of the current workforce. Other changes to the organisation will include a reduction in the number of executive directors from 8 to 4, and downsizing office space by up to 50%. All current ACE regional branches will … Continue reading Arts Council England to axe over 20% of workforce

Shakespeare’s Globe unveils indoor theatre details

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that their new indoor theatre, due for completion in January 2014, is to be called The Sam Wanamaker Theatre, after the Globe’s founder. The Jacobean-style indoor theatre will be a welcome addition to the Globe’s other performance spaces, allowing the theatre to present work throughout the whole year. The new candlelit … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Globe unveils indoor theatre details

Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

Leading figures from the theatre industry have been recognised in 2013’s New Year honours. Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is to receive an OBE for his services to drama, as will Adrian Lester, who will play Othello in Nicholas Hytner’s new production at the National later this year. Other recipients include: RADA registrar Patricia Myers, for … Continue reading Theatre figures feature in New Year honours

LICENSING LEGISLATION FOR THEATRE IN SCHOOLS IS RELAXED

Changes to government legislation, to be implemented this year, will mean schools no longer require most forms of entertainment licensing. The amendments to the 2003 Licensing Act will allow schools, and other venues such as community centres and church halls, to host performances by local groups or visiting touring companies without applying for a license. … Continue reading LICENSING LEGISLATION FOR THEATRE IN SCHOOLS IS RELAXED

U-turn over English Baccalaureate plans

The government has dropped plans to replace GCSEs for English Baccularate Certificates following concerns from the Commons Select Committee on education. Education secretary Michael Gove has now twice had his plans for GCSE reform rejected, as he had originally intended for GCSEs to return to the era of CSE’s and O levels. Gove described the implementation … Continue reading U-turn over English Baccalaureate plans

National Theatre: Port – Performance review

Star rating *** A fantastic lead character takes you on an interesting journey, but the drive of the narrative means it lacks some heart Port marks another National Theatre collaboration between playwright Simon Stephens and director Marianne Elliott. Based in Stockport, the play moves through two-year periods in lead character Racheal’s life – spanning from ages 11 … Continue reading National Theatre: Port – Performance review

New issue of Teaching Drama out next week …

Here’s a look at the cover for our new issue of Teaching Drama Summer 2 2012/13- out next week! * Discover the top selection of summer schools available for students and adults to attend in 2013 * We take a look at the theatre companies reaching out to young people from less-privileged backgrounds * Garsington Opera reveal … Continue reading New issue of Teaching Drama out next week …

Nominations for Olivier Awards 2013 revealed

The nominations for the Olivier Awards 2013 have been announced, with the National Theatre’s A Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time leading with eight nominations. The adaptation of Mark Haddon’s novel has received nominations for best theatre choreographer, best set, sound and lighting design, best director for Marianne Elliott, best supporting actress for … Continue reading Nominations for Olivier Awards 2013 revealed

Kevin Spacey foundation launches partnership with Regent’s College London

The Kevin Spacey Foundation (KSF) has announced details of a new partnership with Regent’s College London, through which students will be offered the chance of a scholarship, and an opportunity to work with Old Vic artistic director Kevin Spacey in masterclasses as part of their course. Spacey said of the new partnership: ‘I am delighted that … Continue reading Kevin Spacey foundation launches partnership with Regent’s College London

Curious Incident wins record-tying seven prizes at Oliver Awards 2013

National Theatre production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has dominated this year’s Olivier Awards, picking up seven out of the eight prizes it was nominated for – tying with the record amount of wins secured by Matilda The Musical at last year’s ceremony. Curious Incident picked up awards for its acting, with accolades for Luke … Continue reading Curious Incident wins record-tying seven prizes at Oliver Awards 2013

Royal College of Teaching proposed

Proposals for the creation of a Royal College of Teaching have been made to provide teachers in England with an independent professional voice for those in the teaching profession. AQA have sponsored a series of research essays entitled Towards A Royal College of Teaching looking at how a professional body, modelled on medical royal colleges, … Continue reading Royal College of Teaching proposed

Primary workshops for young people’s production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is running a set of in-school workshops for primary-age students to accompany their latest production The Winter’s Tale re-imagined for everyone aged six and over. The play, running from 29 June to 20 July at Regent’s Park, is a condensed version of Shakespeare’s original text, using music, movement, storytelling and … Continue reading Primary workshops for young people’s production at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Bursaries awarded to fourteen final-year drama students

This year’s Lawrence Olivier Bursaries have been awarded to 14 final-year students by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) to help support them in finishing their studies. The grants range from £1,000 to £7,500. The bursaries went to students studying at: Drama Centre London, Bristol Old Vic, LAMDA, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Manchester School of … Continue reading Bursaries awarded to fourteen final-year drama students

Creative internships for young unemployed people in south of England

Eleven theatres throughout the east and south east of England have been granted over £40,000 by Arts Council England (ACE) to offer internships to unemployed young people as part of the ACE’s Creative Employment Programme. The theatres involved, including The Corn Exchange in Newbury (pictured) and Sheringham Little Theatre in Norfolk, must raise the other … Continue reading Creative internships for young unemployed people in south of England

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: The Winter’s Tale, Re-imagined – Performance review

Star rating ***** A sun-soaked Shakespeare that works as a great window to young children’s beginnings with the Bard.  At the particular performance I attended of The Winter’s Tale: re-imagined for everyone aged six and over, the sun was blazing down on an excitable audience of school students and young children with their parents at … Continue reading Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre: The Winter’s Tale, Re-imagined – Performance review

Backstage Academy launches new live events top-up degree course

Backstage Academy is launching a new live events production top-up degree this September, equipping students with better knowledge of the processes involved in events production. The year-long course focuses on the management of festivals, venues and other large-scale events. Director of courses Robin Watkinson says of the new course’s content: ‘The modules reinforce the programme’s … Continue reading Backstage Academy launches new live events top-up degree course

Details of teachers’ strike action across England announced

Teachers across England are planning a walkout. Teaching unions National Union of Teachers and NASUWT have come together to work on a joint campaign – ‘Protect Teachers and Defend Education’. The dispute between the unions and secretary of state for education, Michael Gove, regards what the unions consider to be ‘adverse’ changes to teachers’ wages, … Continue reading Details of teachers’ strike action across England announced

Theatre Centre – Staging in schools: CPD masterclass – workshop review

Star rating *** An interesting session considering engagement with space.  I attended a masterclass at Greenwich Theatre run by Theatre Centre, who are currently touring Roy Williams’ Advice For The Young At Heart. The session, looking at staging performances in schools, was led by the company’s artistic director Natalie Wilson. For this workshop, in particular, it was … Continue reading Theatre Centre – Staging in schools: CPD masterclass – workshop review

National Theatre: The Light Princess – Performance review

Star rating ***** There are all sorts of reasons to bring students to see this production. By Sarah Lambie, TD editor Comparisons are weak for a show which has a beauty all of its own, but to put the National Theatre’s new musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson into context, I am drawn to reference The … Continue reading National Theatre: The Light Princess – Performance review

Updated: Curious Incident quits Apollo Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is to depart from the Apollo Theatre following the collapse of the venue’s auditorium celling. The production and the theatre had been due to reopen on 13 January. Up to 80 people were injured, seven seriously, when plaster from the theatre’s roof and part of the balcony fell … Continue reading Updated: Curious Incident quits Apollo Theatre

National Theatre: King Lear – Performance Review

Star rating ***** By Sarah Lambie, TD editor I have seen four stage-Lears in my time – each excellent in some element or other – but for emotional truth this was unquestionably the most affecting. I attended with reservations: Simon Russell Beale has for many years been one of my favourite theatre actors, I returned twice … Continue reading National Theatre: King Lear – Performance Review

Winners of 2014 Off West End Awards revealed

The winners of the 2014 Off West End Awards, known as The Offies, have been announced. This year’s ceremony took place on 2 March and was hosted by Unicorn Theatre. Southwark Playhouse’s musical production Titanic came away as this year’s big winner with four prizes: best lighting designer, best choreographer, best costume designer and best … Continue reading Winners of 2014 Off West End Awards revealed

Shakespeare’s Globe: The Merchant of Venice – performance review

Star rating *** By Rachel Creaser, TD editorial assistant Currently playing at Shakespeare’s Globe is The Merchant of Venice – part of the theatre’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank season, now in its eighth year. It provides 17,000 free tickets to state-funded London secondary school students. Subsidised tickets for schools from outside London have also been made … Continue reading Shakespeare’s Globe: The Merchant of Venice – performance review

Central announces recruitment suspension to Initial Teacher Training courses

The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama have announced that recruitment to their Initial Teacher Training courses has been suspended, affecting the school’s PGCE course and participation in the Department for Education’s Schools Direct scheme. Students currently studying on these courses will be unaffected by the changes. Central’s Post Graduate Certificate Applied Theatre with … Continue reading Central announces recruitment suspension to Initial Teacher Training courses

Book of Mormon wins big at 2014 Olivier Awards

It was a night of twists and turns at the Olivier Awards on 13 April, as the predicted big winners came away with smaller prizes and the underdogs prospered at the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House. Book of Mormon from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone came away with four prizes, including … Continue reading Book of Mormon wins big at 2014 Olivier Awards

Arts Council chairman concerned with arts education gap

This week has seen Arts Council England’s chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette address the gap in arts education between students educated in private schools and state schools. Bazalgette, speaking to The Stage, raised his concerns about the marginalisation of the arts for state school students: ‘I can’t see why 7% to 9% of the population who … Continue reading Arts Council chairman concerned with arts education gap

Take children to London shows for free this August with Kids Week

The Society of London Theatre’s Kids Week returns this summer. The initiative offers free tickets to young people under the age of 16 to over 35 shows in London. Kids Week takes place throughout August (1–31) and is available to young people who are accompanied by a full-paying adult. Shows on offer for those aged … Continue reading Take children to London shows for free this August with Kids Week

TD attends relaxed performance of MATILDA THE MUSICAL

By Ruth McPherson On 15 June, the Royal Shakespeare Company presented the inaugural ‘relaxed’ performance of Matilda The Musical at Cambridge Theatre, building on the programme of relaxed performances that the RSC has been running in Stratford-upon-Avon since 2013, when it was among the first to adopt and promote the concept. The National Autistic Society worked … Continue reading TD attends relaxed performance of MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Theatre casualties in Arts Council national portfolio announcement

Arts Council England (ACE) has revealed the organisations who will, and will not, be part of their national portfolio for 2015–18. All-male Shakespeare company Propeller, Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond and radical touring company Red Ladder have not made ACE’s portfolio list, resulting in loss of funding. Propeller were told by the ACE, ‘’We decided … Continue reading Theatre casualties in Arts Council national portfolio announcement

SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has awarded the latest round of Laurence Olivier Bursaries to 16 drama students worth over £50,000. The bursaries provide support to students who are facing financial difficulties in their final year of drama school. The Laurence Olivier bursaries range from £500 up to a maximum of £7,500. Applicants are … Continue reading SOLT awards over £50,000 to 2014 Laurence Olivier bursary recipients

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Performance review

by Rachel Creaser Star rating **** A perfect first theatre visit. David Wood’s stage adaptation of Judith Kerr’s classic children’s book is visiting the West End this summer. In 2012, the show was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Entertainment and Family. The production, for children aged three upwards, has been carefully crafted to help make the young … Continue reading The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Performance review

Last chance for Latitude Festival – Starts this Friday

Claudine Nightingale reports on the theatre offerings at this weekend’s Latitude Festival It’s that time of year again … school summer holidays, yes, but also festival season! If you’re wondering what to do with your weekend now there are no exam papers to mark, perhaps a trip to Latitude Festival in Suffolk is what you … Continue reading Last chance for Latitude Festival – Starts this Friday

Performance: The Crucible, The Old Vic

by Rachel Creaser Star rating **** A heartening piece of pure drama. Last night’s thunderstorm may have been forecast, but I have a feeling it may have been the doings in The Old Vic which spurred the storm to build to such intensity … The design really sets the tone for this production: the space is … Continue reading Performance: The Crucible, The Old Vic

Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

Actor and director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90. Born in Cambridge in 1923, Attenborough began acting aged 12 and made his professional stage debut aged 18. The RADA graduate was one of the original cast members of The Mousetrap at the Ambassadors in 1952. He also starred in stage productions of … Continue reading Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

NYT chief executive Paul Roseby claims that GCSE drama has ‘no relevance’

Speaking at the Artsmark conference in late October, the chief executive of the National Youth Theatre was reported by The Stage as saying that drama at GCSE has ‘no relevance’ and that ‘we don’t need drama on the curriculum in such a formalised way.’ Roseby suggested that drama could be integrated into other subjects rather than continue … Continue reading NYT chief executive Paul Roseby claims that GCSE drama has ‘no relevance’

TD to host teacher workshop sessions at PERFORM 2015

Teaching Drama is delighted to announce that we’ll be partnering up with 2015’s PERFORM, which will be celebrating its fifth anniversary from 13–15 February 2015 at London Olympia. Each year PERFORM runs workshops and seminars for people involved or looking to build a career in the performing arts. 2015’s available sessions exceed 60 in number. … Continue reading TD to host teacher workshop sessions at PERFORM 2015

VAULT Festival announces ‘mini’ festival for under 11s

This year’s VAULT Festival – opening on 28 January for six weeks of performances, events and workshops at Leake Street’s tunnels in London Waterloo – will include an inaugural Mini VAULT festival for under 11s, with three weekends of underground shows, events and free activities for families. Highlights of Mini VAULT will include Comedy Club … Continue reading VAULT Festival announces ‘mini’ festival for under 11s

Miss Saigon revival sweeps WhatsOnStage Awards

Following its return to the West End 25 years after its London premiere, Miss Saigon came away as the big winner of the WhatsOnStage Awards, sweeping the board with nine prizes. The cast of the Sir Cameron Mackintosh hit stole the category for acting in a musical with awards for best actor, best actress, best … Continue reading Miss Saigon revival sweeps WhatsOnStage Awards

Number of drama and arts teachers falling in state schools

A report into the value of culture to contemporary British society has revealed that since 2010, there has been an 8% decline in the number of state school drama teachers, and a 4% decline in hours taught for the subject. The year-long project, led by the University of Warwick, has resulted in the publication of … Continue reading Number of drama and arts teachers falling in state schools

Miliband promises arts at the heart of Labour government

Ed Miliband has said that Labour will ‘put policy for arts and culture and creativity at the heart of the Labour government’s mission’ if the party gains power in this year’s general election. The Labour leader was speaking at the Creative Industries Federation at Battersea Arts Centre. ‘Britain will be a prouder, richer, stronger country … Continue reading Miliband promises arts at the heart of Labour government

Winners of The Mousetraps 2015 announced

The fourth annual edition of theatre awards ‘The Mousetraps’ took place on 22 March at the Charing Cross Theatre. The Mousetraps, voted for by young theatregoers aged 15 to 23, are organised by Mousetrap Theatre Projects: a theatre education charity widening access to performance for young people with limited means and support or special needs. … Continue reading Winners of The Mousetraps 2015 announced

Young Vic and Sunny Afternoon win big at 2015 Olivier Awards

This year’s Olivier Awards have seen The Young Vic take away four prizes, picking up the award for outstanding achievement in an affiliate theatre for its production of Bull, and scoring a hat-trick for A View from the Bridge winning best revival, best director for Ivo van Hove and best actor for Mark Strong. Accepting … Continue reading Young Vic and Sunny Afternoon win big at 2015 Olivier Awards

Oddsocks supports Labour’s pledge to axe unpaid internships

Oddsocks Productions have spoken out in support of Ed Miliband’s pledge to axe unpaid internships if Labour is successful in this month’s general election. In response to Labour’s pledge to make it illegal for companies to offer unpaid work placements of longer than four weeks, Oddsocks said in a statement that they ‘feel that this … Continue reading Oddsocks supports Labour’s pledge to axe unpaid internships

Weston-super-Mare and Las Vegas students collaborate on virtually linked transatlantic stage show

Students from Weston-super-Mare and Las Vegas have taken part in what is thought to be a world-first performance: producing a virtually linked transatlantic stage show. Students from Wessex Academy of Performing Arts (WAPA) at Weston College and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) performed their show Time Lapse simultaneously with 5,000 miles and an … Continue reading Weston-super-Mare and Las Vegas students collaborate on virtually linked transatlantic stage show

School site-specific production for 2015 National Youth Theatre season

A brand new play inspired by news earlier this year of three Bethnal Green schoolgirls’ journey to Syria to join militant group Isis will feature among the National Youth Theatre’s new season. Homegrown, created by director Nadia Latif and writer Omar El-Khairy, explores the implications of radicalism and extremism on people and communities behind the … Continue reading School site-specific production for 2015 National Youth Theatre season

Booking open for Kids Week 2015

Tickets are on sale now for this year’s Kids Week performances through the whole month of August. The month-long theatre initiative, run by Official London Theatre, offers free tickets to children aged 16 and under, when accompanied by a full-paying adult, with two extra children’s tickets available for purchase at half price, per transaction. Kids Week, … Continue reading Booking open for Kids Week 2015

The Ecstasy and The Ecstasy: A Review

On 1-5 September, 16 RADA MA Theatre Lab students performed their end of year project The Ecstasy and the Ecstasy in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Malet Street. The postgraduate course comprises the foundations of Stanislavski’s system with brash experimentation to create a final examination performance that must tie in with course contents, wherein students are taught about the … Continue reading The Ecstasy and The Ecstasy: A Review

London’s Finborough Theatre in danger of closing to make way for new flats

From its founding in 1980, the Finborough Theatre in Earls Court has featured the likes of playwright Naomi Wallace, Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance, and multiple notable Hollywood stars, including Rachel Weisz. But previously abandoned plans proposing new flats above the theatre may pose a threat to its future. Neil McPherson, artistic director of the … Continue reading London’s Finborough Theatre in danger of closing to make way for new flats

Olivier Award-winning Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to stage relaxed performance

Following last month’s autism-friendly performance of Disney’s The Lion King, the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane has announced that it too will be staging a relaxed performance of Sam Mendes’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on 19 January. Designed to cater for those with special needs, the show will make theatre more accessible to minority groups. … Continue reading Olivier Award-winning Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to stage relaxed performance

Review: Measure for Measure at the Young Vic

Stark stage design, evocative music, darkly humorous moments – Joe Hill-Gibbins’s rendition of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure was certainly a Young Vic production: raw, sensual, smutty. Commonly conceived as Shakespeare’s most controversial play, the double entendre often present within his work provides a challenge for directors: is it a tragedy or a comedy? The majority of the lines can be … Continue reading Review: Measure for Measure at the Young Vic

Intermission Youth Theatre to stage play inspired by Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Intermission Youth Theatre, a drama group set up with the intention of engaging inner-city communities with theatre, is soon to stage Rise and Fall, a new play inspired by Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Boasting patronage from actor Mark Rylance, who is currently starring in the Globe’s Farinelli and the King, the aim of IYT is to reach out to disadvantaged youth … Continue reading Intermission Youth Theatre to stage play inspired by Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Joey the War Horse takes on China

Following the sad news that Joey the War Horse will be leaving London’s West End in March 2016 (see Teaching Drama Autumn 2 for full article), the Beijing National Theatre is staging the award-winning production, after more than two years of translating the script and working with South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company to bring Joey to China. Producer Li Dong of China’s National Theatre … Continue reading Joey the War Horse takes on China

#LoveTheatreDay 2015

This year’s #LoveTheatreDay, which celebrates all things stage-related, is to take place on 18 November. The Twitter event highlights the activities of theatre organisations, helps to forge new relationships, and creates a positive buzz around the art form. This celebration of theatre comes at a time when its future is under threat, with the threat of cuts posing an … Continue reading #LoveTheatreDay 2015

Stagetext celebrates 15 years with Captioning Awareness Week

Captioning charity Stagetext will be marking its 15th anniversary with Captioning Awareness Week from 9–15 November, which will include captioned and live subtitled theatre performances. Stagetext was established in May 2000 by Peter Pullan, Geoff Brown and Merfyn Williams and is a registered charity and regularly funded organisation of Arts Council England. It was built … Continue reading Stagetext celebrates 15 years with Captioning Awareness Week

Performance: Time of Women with the Belarus Free Theatre

If any theatre group knows how to spread a message, it’s the Belarus Free Theatre. Kicking off their tenth anniversary festival Staging a Revolution two weeks ago, the group took political refuge in the UK after being forced out of their country by dictatorship. The initial performances, which included Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis and Generation Jeans by co-founder Nikolai … Continue reading Performance: Time of Women with the Belarus Free Theatre

Billy goes on tour

Billy Elliot the Musical has announced its final performance in London’s West End. The show, which has held residency at the Victoria Palace Theatre for eleven years, will close on 9 April 2016, having run for 4,600 performances to over 5.25 million people in London and almost 11 million worldwide, grossing over $800 million. With … Continue reading Billy goes on tour

Should Shakespeare be ‘translated’ for students?

NO Alicia Pope completed a degree in English and Theatre and Media Drama at the University of Glamorgan, followed by a PGCE at UWE, Bristol. She is currently in her tenth year of teaching.   In the sense that ‘translated’ means rewritten and performed in modern prose, I don’t think Shakespeare should be translated for … Continue reading Should Shakespeare be ‘translated’ for students?

Alan Rickman dies

Stage and screen actor Alan Rickman has died, aged 69. Most recently known for his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, Rickman was reportedly suffering from cancer and died surrounded by family in London. He enjoyed a long career in film, television and on stage, beginning with the BBC Television Shakespeare … Continue reading Alan Rickman dies

Anna Harvey wins LBS Bach Singers Prize

Following the final round of the London Bach Society‘s 5th Bach Singers Prize competition on 13 November 2015, mezzo soprano Anna Harvey was announced as the winner. She won a £2000 cash prize. Harvey was a choral scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge before continuing her studies with Elizabeth Richie at the Royal Academy of Music. While … Continue reading Anna Harvey wins LBS Bach Singers Prize

Duo Dorado

Early English music centred around the violin sonatas of Handel’s contemporary William Croft and other London composers of the period. Hazel Brooks (violin); David Pollock (harpischord).

L’ESTRO ARMONICO

Cambridge Early Music Festival of Italian Music: La Serenissima. Adrian Chandler, director. It was 300 years ago that Vivaldi published his set of twelve concertos L’Estro Armonico (The Birth of Harmony). These pieces paved the way for the development of the concerto, not only by Vivaldi himself but by other composers too including Bach. La Serenissima is the … Continue reading L’ESTRO ARMONICO

BREMF:The Tallis Scholars

The Field of the Cloth of Gold – celebrating a great treaty Peter Phillips director The Field of the Cloth of Gold represents one of the most spectacular political summit meetings of all time. Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France met to seal a treaty of friendship between their two warring countries, … Continue reading BREMF:The Tallis Scholars