UK Drama

Adding a String to the Bow

Paul Clayton | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

So perhaps a drama school that endeavours to train its students how to be an actor, should enlighten graduates as to just what is possible. Promotional work, corporate work, work that uses the skills they have learnt as actors to engage with the public. Somebody has to wear that Sponge Bob Square pants suit in the shopping mall on a Saturday afternoon. How much better for all concerned if it's somebody who can really make it look fun.

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

The Play's the Thing

James Haddrell | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
James Haddrell

In September this year we are set to open a new studio theatre at Greenwich Theatre, and for the opening production we have chosen to develop Cassiah Joski-Jethi's Under My Thumb, a play first written as a 30 minute short piece and shortlisted for this year's inaugural RED Women's Theatre Awards.

Pressure Grows On Nicky Morgan To Make Arts Compulsory For GCSE Students

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics

Nicky Morgan is under increasing pressure to make sure school children study an arts subject for GCSE after a petition triggered a parliament debate o...

People Of The Eye - Seeing Is Believing

Mik Scarlet | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

. I have always felt that good theatre shows you a life you might never know while holding a mirror to your own experience. I want to leave a product...

'Versailles' Creator Speaks Out Over Raunchy Sex Scenes

The Huffington Post | Daniel Welsh | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Entertainment

There’s no getting around it, there was a whole lot of sex in the first episode of ‘Versailles’ last night (1 June), wasn’t there? True, there...

Here's Why We're All Loving James Franco

By Jennifer Barton | Joanna Carrigan | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Entertainment

James Franco is a jack of many – if not all – trades, who is the very definition of a slashie. Franco is an actor, director, poet, painter, profes...

GCSE Drama: Don't Get Your Doublet and Hose in a Twist

Laura-Jane Foley | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Laura-Jane Foley

Rather a lot of actors have got their doublets and hose in a twist about the changes to the Drama GCSE syllabus and have written an impassioned letter...

'Corrie' Legend Joins Final Series Of 'Broadchurch'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

Former ‘Coronation Street’ star Julie Hesmondhalgh has joined the cast of ‘Broadchurch’. The actress - best known as Hayley Cropper on the cob...

A Review of BBC1's 'The A Word' From a Father's Perspective

Matt Davis | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Matt Davis

My son at five (he's now eight) had echoes of all these traits, and seeing them clustered together strikes a sad chord pitch perfectly. Though as the story progresses, it's clear the boys are a million miles apart, which is a boon for autism awareness; people with autism differ wildly from each other, but the spectrum encompasses some spottable similarities.

Time to Tell Berkoff Where to Go!

Paul Clayton | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

I'm not sure how often this bitter old Berkoff actually engages with young actors. I'm not sure how many he works with, (Imagine having to spend a day on set with this old bore) but I'm pretty sure he hasn't had anything to do with any of the graduates I've had the pleasure of working with over the last few years.

Making A Living Out of a Training

Paul Clayton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

As chairman of the Actors Centre I've had the good fortune this year to engage with a large number of drama graduates. Primarily those leaving training institutions fully determined to be a working actor.

Making the Dream Work

Paul Clayton | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

All training institutions offer a wide range of skills to their students and I firmly believe that we still offer the best actor training in the world here in Britain. Indeed I believe we train the best actors. I don't believe you can be taught how to act, but I think you can be taught how to be an actor.

On the Set of 'Await Further Instructions' - The Next Big British Horror?

Roger Crow | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

I'm on the East Yorkshire set, and the concept art, story, and the fact it features David Bradley (Harry Potter, The Strain, Game of Thrones) has me intrigued. The rest of the cast are also on good form; there are some stars in the making here.

Should Free Time Be a Right?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Goulder

These people can be of any age, ethnicity or gender. They always put someone else's needs and welfare before their own, often without recognition or praise. Many have little chance to socialise, which can lead to isolation; and they have an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Who am I talking about? The UK's 'hidden workforce' of unpaid carers.

Trust In Me

Paul Clayton | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Because that's what it's all down to. That's the reason Disney gave Kaa those huge saucery spiral eyes. It's eye contact. That's how we know whether we trust someone or not. Trust is a huge part of acting.

'24' Star Latest American To Make Leap To British Drama

The Huffington Post UK | Caroline Frost | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK Entertainment

Dennis Haysbert will be a familiar face to millions of fans of '24', where he played US senator later president David Palmer, the target of villains h...

20 Satellite Stations You've Never Watched And Why They're Not Worth Watching Anyway

Paul Marshall | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Marshall

Not a BAFTA botherer among them, here's what actually lurks behind those seldom, if ever, pressed buttons on the Sky remote control units of the chattering classes. At this juncture, Tarquin and Tabatha may just want to put on (what again?) the Brideshead Revisited box set.

American Black Film Festival: A Conversation with Taraji P Henson

Alice Charles | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

This year's American Black Film Festival was as much about contemporary classics as it was about glam galas. By far the hottest ticket of the event wa...

Not a Single Clue Is Missing

Ellis Shuman | Posted 19.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

This is a review of a BBC television series so good, so expertly plotted, so professionally edited, and performed by such talented actors and actresse...

The BBC Licence Fee Is Killing Creativity

M.R. Hall | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
M.R. Hall

When was the last time a BBC drama gave you that zinging sense of witnessing something dazzling, wonderful and challenging? Or opened up new areas of consciousness and forged hitherto unmade connections in your brain?

Top Ten Acting Career Survival Tips

Paul Clayton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Here are my top 10 survival tips for those first few years in the real world... and for quite a few years afterwards actually.

Why Everyone Should Include Cucumber, Banana and Tofu in Their TV Diet

James Brinsford | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

Cucumber doesn't hold back on the sex scenes either but this hasn't stopped it reaching the eyes that other programmes haven't been able and this has surprised Vincent Franklin, especially when he is accosted at a railway station.

Forget Who Killed Lucy Beale, Who Killed the British Viewer's Sense of Perspective?

Karl Davis | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Karl Davis

With the greatest of respect, TV fiction is like other fiction types. It is escapism. It suspends the boundaries of reality. That is, after all the only possible reason the writers on Eastenders get away with entire families living in large houses in London, whilst earning no money for themselves.

Has Broadchurch Finally Found Its Direction?

James Brinsford | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

The first series of Broadchurch was a revelation and it was no surprise that it scooped up the awards but the twists and turns that it brought were quickly undone in the first episode of the second venture.