One day a strange thing happened to me…
Published: May 27th, 2020 by theatretrain

One day a strange thing happened to me…

When I was about 14, I went on a week-long school band camp. I loved going to it every year as we just focused on playing, practising and performing to schools. One day a strange thing happened to me..  I was talking to some friends when I became aware of being alive – it was, like […]

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Who are you and how do you grow in this time?
Published: May 20th, 2020 by theatretrain

Who are you and how do you grow in this time?

In February we didn’t know the meaning of lockdown beyond controlling a prison riot? Then suddenly it became our life. We know human beings are resourceful and able to adapt but even so can we deal with all this? Well it seems that most of us can – perhaps because we have to. Maybe we […]

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Going Live – It’s what teachers and performers do
Published: May 13th, 2020 by theatretrain

Going Live – It’s what teachers and performers do

  When you go live online as a teacher there is a tingle of excitement. It’s like waiting in the wings to go onstage. Thoughts and anxieties crowd into your head. How do I start? What might I forget? Why ever did I agree to do this in the first place?   Then, as every […]

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Knowing yourself and Nowing Yourself
Published: May 6th, 2020 by theatretrain

Knowing yourself and Nowing Yourself

My best acting teacher was a professor in Moscow. He became my friend and stayed at my home when he came to London to direct some of my performing arts students and again when he directed a nationwide theatre tour of the Cherry Orchard.   My daughters were amazed at his morning ritual. He would […]

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True to Yourself
Published: April 29th, 2020 by theatretrain

True to Yourself

The other day Simon Lipkin was interviewed as part of the Tam Talks. It was interesting to hear him say that throughout his career in the performing arts he has always presented himself as who he is, rather than trying to be what he thought his auditioners wanted him to be. This gave him an enormous advantage in that […]

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