The surprising route to utopia

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, August 2014 In 2012 I was taking ‘The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic’ on a European tour. The production had been created by the Manchester International Festival and was now touring to opera houses and festivals around Europe. The last stop on our tour was a little different; we were playing […]

Edinburgh co-operation reveals the best of fringe

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, August 2014 I’m in Edinburgh, at Summerhall and I’m sitting across the table from James Grieve, one of the Artistic Directors of Paines Plough. We are both looking a little shell shocked, like we’ve been through some kind of trauma. Normally I’d feel justified for feeling like this – after all I’ve […]

Can international students boost UK drama schools?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, August 2014 International students have been a blessing, and a curse for drama schools for decades. British drama training has always been highly thought of across the world, so inevitably there has always been a market for training international students. You can sometimes hear grumbles about this arrangement from both the domestic […]

In funding terms, some schools are more equal than others

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, August 2014 It all started with Central. That’s what most people seem to think. It started with Central around 25 years ago. Up until the nineties drama schools were all private institutions charging students a fee for three years training leading to a vocational diploma. But students on vocational diplomas weren’t automatically […]