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Cut The Cut
Published: May 13th, 2021 by theatretrain

Cut The Cut

In October 2019 I attended an international theatre festival in Siberia. I was asked for my thoughts about the arts in my country. I was able to say that the arts were a huge contributor to the UK economy. More than £111 billion per year. I think many in the room couldn’t believe that was […]

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Break a Leg
Published: May 6th, 2021 by theatretrain

Break a Leg

As you probably know theatre people say “Break a leg” when they want to wish you good luck before a performance. Funny sort of good luck I always think – more like bad luck! As if you are the understudy and want a chance to play the part. Supposedly though the expression goes back hundreds […]

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Here I am!
Published: April 28th, 2021 by theatretrain

Here I am!

“Here I am,” is what your first entrance says if you are a big star. If you are an entertainer, then that first entrance is BIG. The audience is built up – maybe there is a support act, maybe an interval, the audience returns and settles down and waits. “Ladies and gentlemen!” I saw Frank Sinatra walk […]

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Avoiding Shirley and Ashley
Published: April 22nd, 2021 by theatretrain

Avoiding Shirley and Ashley

I was asked to write few tips to improve communication skills. Here’s a few…Avoid saying Shirley and Ashley as I’ll call them.Actually, I mean avoid saying the word actually and surely. Surely, I don’t mean that? Actually, I do. “Most of us have a few verbal habits and they are very hard to break.” You […]

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Back To School
Published: April 15th, 2021 by theatretrain

Back To School

As a schoolteacher I used to avoid going shopping on the first day of the summer holidays as everywhere the big shops had giant banners saying BACK TO SCHOOL. Give me a break I used to think!   Well schools have gone back but it hasn’t been a lot of fun for them. Most pupils […]

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