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INTERVIEW: Luke Norris on So Here We Are at HighTide


Luke Norris’ So Here We Are was a winner of a 2013 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting and is about to receive its World Premiere in a co-production between HighTide and Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Ahead of the premiere, Luke spoke to Glen Pearce about the play, his writing and his work as an actor.   Your play, So Here We Are, ...

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INTERVIEW: E V Crowe on Brenda at HighTide

E V Crowe has had an illustrious start to her career. Her first play, Kin, saw her nominated for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Awards, while her second play for the Royal Court, Hero, was part of an Olivier Award-winning season.  Her latest play, Brenda, is about to receive its World Première in Aldeburgh as part of the ninth HighTide Festival. She talks to ...

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INTERVIEW: Christopher Simpson on Talawa’s TYPT programme


Training and routes into theatre is a hot topic at the moment but, at the Royal Central Scool of Speech and Drama, Talawa Theatre Company are celebrating the 20th year of a flagship training programme. TYPT offers emerging artists aged 18-25 to work with a professional team to create a show in just four weeks. This year Director Christopher Simpson ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – ‘In times of test, family is best’


Our industry is just full of contradictions – there’s the old joke of ‘How do you make an actor moan?’ Give them a job! While simultaneously there are actors all over social networks moaning because they’re not working. There’s Equity’s current scheme to raise awareness around Profit Share, No/Low pay, with their ‘Professionally Made Professionally Paid’ campaign yet, right now ...

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OPINION: Who watches the Watchmen?


The publishing landscape over the past couple of years has changed out of all recognition. With print newspapers' circulations dropping faster than the vicar's trousers in a Ray Cooney farce, the pantheon of national (print) theatre critics - once contemptuous of digital reviewers - have found themselves without the mighty platforms they once had and are fast becoming poachers-turned-gamekeepers. Paul ...

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INTERVIEW: 10 Minutes with Darren Kuppan

Darren Kuppan

The Public Reviews’ Rich Jevons talks to Darren Kuppan on his role as Maneer Khan in the touring production of East is East. What were your early years like in the industry? Before I was an actor I actually started off as a dancer from when I was about seven or eight. Then from the age of twelve to sixteen ...

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OPINION: We tip waiters – why not actors?


As arts budgets tighten, producers and directors are having to be increasingly inventive when it comes to making theatre. Never one to shrink from controversy, JON WAINWRIGHT asks whether particularly satisfying work should benefit from an added revenue stream... Anyone who loves fringe theatre will have had the experience of sitting in a small venue at the end of a ...

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