#FilmFebruary: “We need to let go of the idea of what ‘best person for the job’ looks like in our mind”

You’ve seen the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite (or one of its many cousins) knocking about for a few years now – but what’s that all about? Do you mean to say that awards ceremonies aren’t meritocracies? Basically, yeah. And it’s not just the glitzy end of season parties that have a diversity problem; improvements still need to […]

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The Show Must Go Online: “Very proud of our 50/50 gender split and diverse casting”

People get incredibly excited about casting announcements, but very rarely do they trace things back to the people who put these casts together. The tide now may (finally) be turning, however, as several awards ceremonies now have added prizes for casting – such as BAFTA in both its film and television awards (Shayna Markowitz winning […]

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Third Wheel: “It felt a bit like it should’ve always been a musical web series”

Back in October 2017, following a showcase of songs that summer, I was lucky enough to catch a short run of two brand new musicals from New.: Fiver and The Dysfunctional Guide to Being a Third Wheel. As many of you may know, Fiver (written by Alex Ellison & Tom Lees) recently enjoyed a run at Southwark Playhouse to […]

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Isolation Ensemble: “Your sense of connection to your fellow actors is still very much present”

In times of adversity, creativity doesn’t grind to a complete halt – how else do you think theatre has survived since its birth in Ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago? Instead it adapts to the conditions in which it finds itself, making the most of the options available. In the case of the coronavirus crisis, […]

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The Show Must Go Online: “Imagine the heat Macbeth would get for killing Sir Patrick Stewart!”

Hopefully, by now you’re familiar with the phenomenon that is The Show Must Go Online. The project was put together in a week in response to the COVID-19 crisis, which has seen theatres shut down and left actors & creatives out of work. They are working their way through Shakespeare’s repertoire of 37 plays, in […]

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