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Winner of Catherine Judge Memorial Award announced

The 2016 Catherine Judge Memorial Award has been awarded to pianist Eoín Fleming. Fleming received the award following his performance of Chopin’s E-flat nocturne and the third movement of Rachmaninov’s second sonata on 16 April in the Great Hall at Queen’s University, Belfast. He won a £5,000 bursary towards his third-level studies and £1,000 towards the purchase of a musical instrument. … Continue reading Winner of Catherine Judge Memorial Award announced

New Schoenstein organ for St Louis

Schoenstein & Co. has built a III/46 organ for Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church in St Louis, Missouri to replace a large mechanical action instrument by the German firm of Werner Bosch. The Californian firm was selected to design an organ primarily to support and accompany church services. The main divisions are located in side chancel chambers … Continue reading New Schoenstein organ for St Louis

Ian Tracey to mark completion of Walker organ restoration with recital

Professor Ian Tracey, Organist Titulaire of Liverpool Cathedral, is to give a recital to mark the completion of a five-year restoration and rebuilding programme on the 1897 three manual Walker organ at St. Thomas the Apostle, Hanwell. The instrument was built in 1897 by the English firm J. W. Walker and Sons, with a good range of sounds … Continue reading Ian Tracey to mark completion of Walker organ restoration with recital

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

Southbank Centre announces first creative industries awards for women

The Southbank Centre has launched the WOW Creative Industries Awards, which will be presented annually at the Women of the World festival. The awards ‘recognise how pivotal women have been in making the sector as strong as it is today’, said Southbank Centre artistic director Jude Kelly, who presented three inaugural awards at today’s Women in … Continue reading Southbank Centre announces first creative industries awards for women

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

Trinity Laban launches partnership with the Open University

Trinity Laban has announced a new music course in partnership with the Open University. The Practice of Music Making certificate combines distance learning with a week-long residential at Trinity Laban. The course, which begins in October 2016, is designed for those who want to improve their performance skills and enhance their understanding of their art form. It can be … Continue reading Trinity Laban launches partnership with the Open University

Royal visit to mark 50th anniversary of Harrogate International Festivals

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will make a royal visit to mark Harrogate International Festivals’ 50th anniversary year. They will attend a celebratory event at Harrogate’s Royal Hall on 18 February. Prince Charles is patron of the arts charity which began in 1966 as the Harrogate Festival of Arts and Sciences. The festival now hosts … Continue reading Royal visit to mark 50th anniversary of Harrogate International Festivals

Bill Turnbull joins Classic FM

Bill Turnbull will present two new weekend shows on Classic FM from 9 April. The former BBC Breakfast presenter will present on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm. Turnbull said: ‘It will be a real joy to turn from news to music, especially at a more civilised hour, and I’m looking forward to it … Continue reading Bill Turnbull joins Classic FM

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

Rimmers Music announces piano partnership with Yamaha

Bolton’s Goodwin Street showroom is to become a national piano centre for excellence following the announcement of Rimmers Music‘s piano partnership with Yamaha. The showroom is only the second in the UK to earn the title, the first being located in central London. The newly refurbished showroom and piano hall will become the first dealership outside London to showcase Yamaha’s award-winning … Continue reading Rimmers Music announces piano partnership with Yamaha

DVD Review: The Viscount Organ of Selby Abbey

THE VISCOUNT ORGAN OF SELBY ABBEY Works by Stanley, Festing, J.S. Bach, Couperin, Liszt/Guillou, Saint-Saëns, Widor, Guilmant, Vierne, Rousseau, Bossi, Alain, John Cook, Joyce Jones, Cochereau/Filsell D’Arcy Trinkwon (org) SADVD01 **** Works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, W.F. Bach, Kauffmann, Krebs, Schneider, Kellner, Kittel, Müthel, John Scott Whiteley (org) SADVD02 **** For the duration of … Continue reading DVD Review: The Viscount Organ of Selby Abbey

Southbank Centre announces new board appointments

Southbank Centre has appointed violinist Nicola Benedetti, visual effects pioneer Sir William Sargent, UK property and development leader Michael Hussey and publishing director Venetia Butterfield to its board of governors. Southbank Centre chair Susan Gilchrist said of the new board members: ‘Their unrivalled knowledge and expertise will be crucial as we continue to build our world class … Continue reading Southbank Centre announces new board appointments

Sound Sense director Kathryn Deane announces retirement

Kathryn Deane will be retiring as director of Sound Sense later in 2016 after 21 years in the role. Throughout her time as director, Deane has worked with government, funding bodies, practitioners and partners within and outside the arts to advance the position of community music and non-formal music education. Sound Sense chair Sam Dunkley says: ‘For a little over … Continue reading Sound Sense director Kathryn Deane announces retirement

Gregynog Festival 2016

This year’s Gregynog Festival (16-26 June) will celebrate ten years with Dr Rhian Davies as artistic director with a programme exploring cultural connections between Ireland and Wales. Performers include Jordi Savall and Hespèrion XXI with Martin Hayes, Mahan Esfahani, the Irish Consort, Ailish Tynan and Iain Burnside, the Fidelio Trio, Chamber Choir Ireland, Daniel Grimwood, Ensemble Nevermind and harpist Anne … Continue reading Gregynog Festival 2016

Guy Woolfenden (1937-2016)

Composer Guy Woolfenden, best known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, died on 15 April 2016. Born in Ipswich in 1937, Woolfenden started piano and singing lessons aged seven and joined Westminster Choir School aged ten. He joined the National Youth Orchestra on horn in 1955, studying the instrument with Aubrey Brain, and … Continue reading Guy Woolfenden (1937-2016)

PIERRE BOULEZ NOTATIONS: MATERIALS FOR COMMUNICATING MUSIC

Lea Fink & Manuela Kerer Universal Edition, UE 26 318 ISMN: 979-0-008-08687-8 £31.95 At 72 pages of parallel German-English text, the price may seem high for (effectively) half a slim book but – with links to images, score extracts, timelines, diagrams, audio, visual and supplementary information on the Universal Edition web site, this package in … Continue reading PIERRE BOULEZ NOTATIONS: MATERIALS FOR COMMUNICATING 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

Plays for this term

The Guardian has recommended productions of set texts for schools this term: http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2011/oct/03/school-groups-theatre-productions?INTCMP=SRCH Among them are; an adaptation of Animal Farm by Peter Hall, Hamlet performed at the Young Vic and Edward Bond’s infamous shocker Saved. What do you think of the recommendations? Is there anything vital missing from their list that you feel is … Continue reading Plays for this term

Lloyd Webber classics set to hit school stages across the UK

It has been announced that schools in the UK and Ireland will be allowed to perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s West End favourites, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, for the first time. The Really Useful Group has marked the event as, ‘significant’. Licenses have previously been granted to perform Lloyd Webber’s work in the … Continue reading Lloyd Webber classics set to hit school stages across the UK

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

Drama education legend Dorothy Heathcote dies

We’re very sorry to have learnt that Dorothy Heathcote has died at the age of 85. She passed away on 8 October from complications with a blood disorder. Earlier this year she was awarded an MBE for services to drama as education, which she was due to collect later this month. She is well-known for … Continue reading Drama education legend Dorothy Heathcote dies

NEW issue of Teaching Drama: out now!

Hello all, We have been busy putting together our latest issue – in this edition we have: * Drama and Me with Simon Callow (including an extract from his book) * A review of Frantic Assembly’s’ Lovesong * A guide to the MA courses on offer for teachers And news, book reviews, my five favourite plays, … Continue reading NEW issue of Teaching Drama: out now!

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

Leicester Curve launches apprenticeship scheme

Leicester Curve has been awarded £240,000 to launch a three-year apprenticeship scheme. The Paul Hamlyn foundation and Esmee Fairbairn foundation donated money to help The Curve provide apprenticeships for 16-25 year olds living in the Leicestershire area. Associate director of Leicester Curve,  Adel Al-Salloum said: ‘We are thrilled that our funders have recognised our current success in working in … Continue reading Leicester Curve launches apprenticeship scheme

Student finance day 2012 launches

Today saw the launch of student finance day, offering support, advice and information for students applying to university. Supported by UCAS, the day hopes to supply applicants with a better understanding of the new financial structure of higher education. Students can find out about the cost of study before they apply to courses. UCAS Chief … Continue reading Student finance day 2012 launches

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

NAYT cuts jobs due to loss of funding

The National Association of Youth Theatres (NAYT) has had to make job cuts in order to stay in business. All but one of NAYT’s employees will be made redundant by the end of the year. They have also closed their office in Darlington in an effort to stem costs. The educational charity has suffered major funding … Continue reading NAYT cuts jobs due to loss of funding

TheatreCraft 2011: Beyond the stage

TheatreCraft: Beyond the stage is an event that offers workshops, one-to-one career advice and an exhibition, informing visitors about the many opportunities in off-stage theatre careers. This year’s event was held at the London Coliseum, home of the English National Opera. The day was launched in the auditorium with an impressive backdrop design in place. … Continue reading TheatreCraft 2011: Beyond the stage

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

Fill you in Friday

It’s our second edition of Fill you in Friday… keeping you up to date with all the latest events and workshops coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need. BETT BETT show 2012 BETT offers over 100 workshops, seminars and discussions … Continue reading Fill you in Friday

UCAS give top tips for writing a personal statement

UCAS have released their top tips for writing a personal statement. The advice comes as the application deadline to apply for higher education approaches. Sunday 15th January is the last day to apply to college or university for 2012. Adviser Ross Sanger said: ‘My major tip is to show your ambitions and desires for wanting … Continue reading UCAS give top tips for writing a personal statement

Olivier awards search for general public judge

The judges of the Olivier awards will be accompanied by a new addition in 2013. Joining the three professionals on the panel, will be a member of the public. The Society of London Theatre and The Radio Times are looking for a member of the general public to judge either the main theatre awards, the … Continue reading Olivier awards search for general public judge

Take a holiday for charity

National charity Sense needs teachers and teaching assistants to volunteer to take a holiday this summer to support children and adults who are deafblind. Throughout the UK there are currently 356,000 deafblind citizens, 4,000 of which are children, a number that is set to increase by 60% by 2030. The charity, which has been working for over … Continue reading Take a holiday for charity

BETT 2012

Teaching Drama visited BETT yesterday. We saw a lot of interesting technology that had fantastic interactive elements, such as a floor projector which moved when you interacted with it. Big companies such as Lego were there to demonstrate how their products can be incorporated into teaching and learning. We discovered that Channel 4 make teaching … Continue reading BETT 2012

RSC’s touring and education partnership branches out to new regions

April 2012 will see the Royal Shakespeare Company work with five new theatres as part of their touring and education partnership. Regions such as Hull, Newcastle and Southampton will take part in the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network (LPN). The RSC is currently working with 400 primary and secondary schools through the LPN across the UK. … Continue reading RSC’s touring and education partnership branches out to new regions

New fundraising campaign launched to bring full time repertory London

There are plans for a full-time repertory theatre to be set-up in London which would train and support actors allowing them to work in up to 10 productions each year. The London Repertory Company is still in its very early stages, with estimates that the company will officially launch in 2014.  But already there are … Continue reading New fundraising campaign launched to bring full time repertory London

Profits fall at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company Really Useful Group

The Really Useful Group has seen its profits fall by 50% in the past year. Even with the celebration of The Phantom of the Opera‘s 25th anniversary couldn’t help lift the company’s profits above £4.6 million, compared to £10.7 million the year before. It has been a financially challenging year for Really Useful Group and owner Andrew Lloyd … Continue reading Profits fall at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company Really Useful Group

The Greenwich Playhouse to close in April

April 2012 will see The Greenwich Playhouse bring the final curtain down after more than 20 years of theatre performances. The theatre, which opened in 1989, is set to close as the lease has not been renewed by the landlord. The buildings’ owners, Beds and Bars, have chosen to part ways with The Greenwich Playhouse … Continue reading The Greenwich Playhouse to close in April

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

Teaching Drama Spring 2 out NOW!

The latest issue of Teaching Drama is out now! This issue: We speak to our cover star, Matilda the Musical‘s Miss Trunchbull – Bertie Carvel We find out about Republic of Ireland’s brand new drama school – The Lir And we review hit productions – Noises Off and Propeller’s Henry V   Along with all this, we … Continue reading Teaching Drama Spring 2 out NOW!

Topic of the day – should we all be campaigning for the arts?

Today The Guardian are asking in their poll – Do we all have a duty to campaign for the arts? Do artists have to be activists? How much responsibility do performers and artists have to keeping the cause alive? What about your position as a teacher of the arts? Is it important to stay involved in … Continue reading Topic of the day – should we all be campaigning for the arts?

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

Whatsonstage Awards crown 2012 winners

The Prince of Wales Theatre played host to the 2012 Whatsonstage Awards on 19 February. The awards were hosted by former Legally Blonde The Musical star Sheridan Smith, QI panellist Alan Davies and comedian Jenny Eclair. Matilida The Musical was the big winner of the evening, taking away four awards, including best new musical. Lyricist Tim Minchin was also named as … Continue reading Whatsonstage Awards crown 2012 winners

Arts Council and BBC create new online arts channel

Arts Council England (ACE) in partnership with the BBC are to launch a new online arts channel called The Space. The channel will contain work from theatres across the UK. The project will run from 1 May until the end of October 2012. The Space is described by ACE as ‘an experimental digital arts media service … Continue reading Arts Council and BBC create new online arts channel

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

Old Vic helps to make theatre affordable to younger generations

The Old Vic has entered into a new partnership to continue its scheme to offer subsidised tickets to the under-25s. Accountancy firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has signed a year-long sponsorship deal with the Old Vic. The PwC club will provide 100 tickets at £12 for each performance this year. The scheme was initially launched in 2004 by Old … Continue reading Old Vic helps to make theatre affordable to younger generations

Olivier Awards 2012 – The nominations

Teaching Drama was invited to The Mayfair Hotel by The Olivier Awards to hear them reveal this year’s nominees. 2011 winners, Nancy Carroll and Roger Allam, were in attendance to announce this year’s shortlist. The RSC’s Matilda The Musical is this year’s frontrunner having secured ten nominations in categories for sound design, lighting, costume, set and choreography. Bertie Carvel, who … Continue reading Olivier Awards 2012 – The nominations

Fill you in Friday

It’s Friday, which can only mean one thing … Fill you in Friday! We’re keeping you up to date with all the latest events coming up. Don’t miss out on the latest goings on in drama activities for teachers and students, Teaching Drama has all the information you need. Voluntary Arts Week 12 – 20 May This … Continue reading Fill you in Friday

Arts Council chair to step down

Dame Liz Forgan will not be returning as chair of the Arts Council, after being asked to step down from her role by ministers. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt decided not to reappoint Forgan when her term ends at the beginning of next year. Forgan, 67, became the first woman to fill the post, when she was … Continue reading Arts Council chair to step down

Michael Gove to overhaul A levels

Education secretary Michael Gove has outlined his plans to overhaul A level qualifications. The government is set to place universities in charge of approving exam content, and will remove the Department for Education from taking any kind of role. In a letter to exam regulator Ofqual, Gove raised his concerns about the current standard of … Continue reading Michael Gove to overhaul A levels

The Stage reveals high theatre prices

An investigation by The Stage has revealed the high cost of visiting popular shows in the West End. The theatre industry newspaper uncovered some of the rather hefty charges incurred when attending theatre in the capital. Buying tickets online is costing theatre-goers up to £12.25, just in booking fees. But the charges are not consistent across the board, The … Continue reading The Stage reveals high theatre prices

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

National Youth Theatre receives emergency grant from Arts Council

A grant of £200,000 has been given to the National Youth Theatre (NYT) by the Arts Council to ensure the charity’s future is secure. NYT has struggled to meet this year’s fundraising targets like many theatre companies and arts organisations. An Arts Council spokesperson said: ‘NYT has seen unprecedented growth in the last year, but … Continue reading National Youth Theatre receives emergency grant from Arts Council

Tell Teaching Drama what you think

Coming to the end of the academic year, we’re all looking for a fresh start for the new term ahead – Teaching Drama included. We would like to hear from you, our readers, and find out what you’d like to see more of in each issue. Teaching Drama is written by teachers, for teachers, so … Continue reading Tell Teaching Drama what you think

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

Artistic director Dominic Cooke reveals penultimate season for Royal Court

Artistic director Dominic Cooke has unveiled the line-up for the coming season at The Royal Court – the penultimate season before his planned departure in 2013. Playwrights Jez Butterworth, Martin Crimp and Caryl Churchill will all feature this autumn at the London theatre. Cooke said: ‘Each writer has a long history with the Royal Court … Continue reading Artistic director Dominic Cooke reveals penultimate season for Royal Court

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

Final season from Michael Boyd announced at the RSC

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s last season under artistic director Michael Boyd has been announced. Boyd said that: ‘I’m very proud to be programming my last season in our new space with many of the theatre artists who have contributed to its success in the last year.’ The Winter’s Tale directed by Lucy Bailey will open the RSC’s 2013 … Continue reading Final season from Michael Boyd announced at the RSC

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

Shakespeare: staging the world – exhibition review

Star Rating **** A great connection between context and text. For KS5+ students or for teachers looking to explore the world of Shakespeare that much more. Shakespeare: staging the world is not your usual Shakespeare exhibition – it is not the Bard’s own work which is at the fore, the exhibition instead focuses on the … Continue reading Shakespeare: staging the world – exhibition review

Actress Joanna Page hits out at Lloyd Webber reality show

Stage and screen actress Joanna Page has called the latest reality television show to find the next stage star ‘disgusting’. The RADA graduate criticised the ITV series Superstar and shows with a similar format. The programme saw Andrew Lloyd Webber search for a new male lead to perform the role of Jesus in the forthcoming … Continue reading Actress Joanna Page hits out at Lloyd Webber reality show

DEBATE: Do theatre-based reality shows negatively affect the industry?

Yesterday, we reported that Joanna Page had criticised the reality show Superstar. She said: ‘There are actors and musical theatre performers who have given their whole lives to the profession because it is their passion, and then you have some bloody van driver on a show saying “I didn’t do this when I was 12 but I wish I … Continue reading DEBATE: Do theatre-based reality shows negatively affect the industry?

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

A-level results for 2012 released

Over 350,000 students have been accepted into college and university placements as the 2012 A-level exam results were released. This year’s results marked the first time in 20 years that the number of students receiving top marks declined; 26.6% of students were awarded an A grade – down on the 27% achieved in 2011. However, … Continue reading A-level results for 2012 released

Unicorn Theatre suspends internships

Unicorn Theatre, who specialise in performance and education programmes for children, has suspended its internship programme after consulting with Arts Council England (ACE). The position of communications intern had previously been listed on their website as a ‘voluntary placement’. The advert said the role would last between three to six months, with volunteers being asked … Continue reading Unicorn Theatre suspends internships

West end theatres have mixed fortunes during olympics

Takings across the West End have been lower than usual summer figures, a number of theatres have revealed. Box office numbers had begun to pick up in the week heading into the Olympic Games, with footfall increasing throughout the West End once initial fears about London’s transport system being pushed to its limits were eased. … Continue reading West end theatres have mixed fortunes during olympics

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

Donmar Warehouse launches subsidised ticket scheme ‘Barclay’s Front Row’

London theatre Donmar Warehouse has announced a new ticket scheme with Barclay’s. For ‘Barclay’s Front Row’, 40 of the venue’s front row seats will be priced at just £10 for every performance, with no booking fee charged. The scheme is hoping to reach out to new audience members and as such is only available to … Continue reading Donmar Warehouse launches subsidised ticket scheme ‘Barclay’s Front Row’

Internship fund launched by Arts Council

Arts Council England (ACE) has launched a new initiative to support unpaid internships in the arts sector. The Creative Employment Programme will see funding of up to £15million provide financial support to unemployed 16-25 year olds seeking work experience in the arts sector. This news follows ACE’s discussions with arts organisations concerning their guidelines for hiring … Continue reading Internship fund launched by Arts Council

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

Theatre Awards UK 2012 nominations revealed

The nominations for Theatre Awards UK 2012, hosted by the Theatrical Management Association, have been announced. Sweeney Todd has earned three nominations at this year’s awards, including two nominations in the Best Performance in a Musical category, nods having been given to both Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton, and Best Musical Production. The revival has recently finished a run on … Continue reading Theatre Awards UK 2012 nominations revealed

GREEN ROOM: JOIN THE DEBATE

The newest issue of Teaching Drama is available out NOW! (Visit our website to get yourself a copy). With all the chopping and changes being made to the curriculum, we’re asking: [polldaddy poll=”6614894″] What do you think? It’s time for you to have your say! Vote and let us know what you think … Read the opinions of our panellists in … Continue reading GREEN ROOM: JOIN THE DEBATE

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

School building guidelines incorporate drama spaces for the first time

For the first time, the department for education has included performance and rehearsal spaces within building guidelines for both primary and secondary schools. The guidelines recommend that primary schools have a studio for rehearsals and a hall space capable of hosting performances. They also state that secondary schools should include a studio space, equipped with … Continue reading School building guidelines incorporate drama spaces for the first time

RSC launch playwriting competition with Tanika Gupta

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has launched a playwriting competition with British playwright Tanika Gupta. Gupta’s newest work has been a writing collaboration with the RSC. The Empress, set to have its stage debut in April 2013, was written by the Sugar Mummies author and commissioned and developed by the RSC. The playwriting competition, in … Continue reading RSC launch playwriting competition with Tanika Gupta

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

Routledge launch digital performance archive

Publisher Routledge, in partnership with Digital Theatre, has launched a digital archive of performance. The companies have been involved in two years of collaborative research and development, which has resulted in the creation of this new digital archive of resources, described by the organisation as ‘an unparalleled international performing arts archive of video, audio and text … Continue reading Routledge launch digital performance archive

RCS launch UK’s first deaf theatre skills course

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) has launched a new series of workshops for the deaf with Solar Bear Theatre Company. The RCS held a pilot course earlier this year. Gerry Ramage, artistic director of Solar Bear, described Deaf Theatre Skills at the RCS as a, ‘new and ground-breaking programme.’ He said the new course, … Continue reading RCS launch UK’s first deaf theatre skills course

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

Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation donates to arts education projects

  The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation is donating £380,000 to arts education projects throughout the UK. Recipients include Creative and Cultural Skills, who were granted £75,000 for their range of masterclasses in technical theatre training; The Old Vic, which received £10,000 for their Old Vic New Voices Programme; and The Wales Millenium Centre’s Creative Apprenticeship … Continue reading Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation donates to arts education projects

Expansion for Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday

The department for education is donating £140,000 to Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014. Thousands of students from across the UK will have the opportunity to stage one of Shakespeare’s works in 2014. The Shakespeare Schools Festival is planning to invest £3.2 million to provide 50,000 students with … Continue reading Expansion for Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday

UK’s artistic leaders speak out against arts baccalaureate snub

Some of the UK’s leading arts figures have spoken of their concern about the damage that might be caused by leaving arts subjects out of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) curriculum. The National theatre’s artistic director Sir Nicholas Hytner, Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and playwright Sir David Hare have spoken … Continue reading UK’s artistic leaders speak out against arts baccalaureate snub

Drama teachers sacked for GCSE devised work

Two secondary school drama teachers have been sacked for gross misconduct for supervising a performance devised by 15- and 16-year-old students. GCSE students performed to a group of family and friends; the performance depicted incest, child abuse and rape. The teachers allegedly failed to inform attendees of the sensitive material. Some audience members became distressed … Continue reading Drama teachers sacked for GCSE devised work

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

ACE faces further cuts of over £11million

Arts Council England (ACE) is to receive cuts of £11.6million by 2015, additional to the 30% cut to the organisation’s budget in 2010. Chancellor George Osborne revealed in his Autumn Statement that cuts of 3% would be made to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) by 2015. DCMS has passed on the cuts … Continue reading ACE faces further cuts of over £11million

University acceptance numbers fall

Ucas figures for the 2012 university cycle have revealed the impact of the rise in tuition fees. There were almost 54,000 fewer students beginning courses this year than there were in 2011. Students accepting places at universities in England dropped by 6.6% Ucas chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said: ‘The headline numbers in this report signal … Continue reading University acceptance numbers fall