10 things performers will always have to explain to their non-theatre friends

1. Yes, I have rehearsal again this week. And next week. And the week after that. Completely breaking the perception that shows just magically come together on the night, some people are often astounded at just how often rehearsals are held. You still train with your sports team every week, don’t you? Yep, same story … More 10 things performers will always have to explain to their non-theatre friends

I was bothered by Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’

March’s book was Malcolm Gladwell’s take on the making of success, Outliers. As described on Gladwell’s site, the general premise is that “if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date.” The book takes various stories … More I was bothered by Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’

Theatre for the children, by the children and with the children

This article first appeared on Theatre People. Most performers could tell you about a defining moment when they realised they wanted to be on the stage. It could be a show, a performer, a role or any moment that captured your imagination and introduced you to the world of the theatre. For me, that moment … More Theatre for the children, by the children and with the children

Why I don’t want to be a singer ‘when I grow up’

I have been a lover of music for longer than I can remember. We have home videos of me as a toddler, sitting in the sandpit and singing to the camera the few nursery rhymes I knew, complete with mondegreen lyrics and an accompanying Tonka truck percussion section. I grew up wanting nothing more than … More Why I don’t want to be a singer ‘when I grow up’