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Archive | October, 2011

The challenge of being an actor: advice for up-and-coming stars

Posted on 31 October 2011 by Alix Wilton Regan

“Dip dip dip dip happy song Talk about things you like to do If you don’t have a dream If you don’t have a dream How you gonna have a dream come true?” You are an actor if you act – whether it’s on stage as a lead at The National, as a regular in […]

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Review: Blind Date and 27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Posted on 31 October 2011 by Elinor Walpole

Make and Bake’s double bill of Southern dramas begins with a light-hearted look at dating and the modern Southern Belle in Horton Foote’s Blind Date. In the programme for the double bill, the director of both shows, Suresh Patel, laments the apparent lack of recognition of Horton Foote in the UK, despite a “glittering literary […]

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Review: Grief

Posted on 31 October 2011 by Edward Franklin

There is, undeniably, a connection between Mike Leigh’s character-driven devising process and the superb performances which his actors go on to deliver; from Alison Steadman in Abigail’s Party to David Thewlis in Naked, there is a sense that development of the roles from within, rather than from a script, has contributed to the brilliant realism […]

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The Wicked Stage: Is it enough to be a ‘triple threat’ performer?

Posted on 30 October 2011 by Sarah Green

A key term in musical theatre training is learning to be a ‘triple threat performer’, which means the ability to act, sing and dance to a high standard. An example of this is Sutton Foster’s performance at this year’s Tony Awards, where she performed the title song from the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes – […]

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