New writing- forging links between drama schools and the industry

Posted by on Nov 13, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, November 2014 Finding plays for third year actors is a minefield. The needs of acting courses are so specific, with a set number of actors, specific age groups, and of course a need to show the graduating actors off in the best light to casting directors and agents. Heads of acting courses are […]

There’s no such thing as London-centric theatre

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published in The Stage, November 2014 I was recently told by an artistic director of a regional theatre that my work was ‘too London-centric’ for me to be able to direct in the regions. It was a surprising and challenging comment. Surprising because in the last decade my work has divided fairly evenly into work in […]

Scrapping GCSE drama from the curriculum would be madness

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog | No Comments

Originally published on The Guardian website, November 2014 I’m one of the lucky ones: severely dyslexic and with a tendency to isolate, my teenage years were marked by regular phone calls to my parents and meetings with teachers. The conversations would usually follow a fairly routine pattern: “Tom’s behind with his work” or “Tom’s not actually turning […]