UK Drama

How To Be Successful A Successful Actor: Become A Triple Threat

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Catherine Balavage

Acting is a hard business. Don't get me wrong, doing the actual job isn't hard, it is a brilliant career, but the industry is a tough one and many actors remain out of work and in poverty. That is why I wrote my book, How To Be a Successful Actor: Becoming an Actorpreneur.

Northern Flight: A Look Into Liverpool's Empty Nests

Marta-Emilia Bona | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Marta-Emilia Bona

'Northern Flight' has seldom left my mind since it finished. It provides an emotive exploration of the issues that lie at the heart of the city's identity. Patrick's words to me at the end of our interview have filled my thoughts and followed me through the streets of this beautiful city: "Liverpool is a city that tells you that you can do something, rather than that you can't."

What Does Drama and the Box Set Tell Us About the State of Politics?

Kevin Toolis | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Kevin Toolis

Is there anything to say in drama about politics when all the drama has been carefully squeezed out of real politics?

Why Admire an Actor?

Megan Brownrigg | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Entertainment
Megan Brownrigg

The BAFTAs have just been dished out, leaving a level playing field ready to be mown up and mole-hilled by the favourites of next year. So what makes a good actor?

A Taste Of Honey: Finding Poetry In Poverty

Paul Drury | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

We've always enjoyed regular trips to Hull Truck Theatre, and with a return home organized for Easter weekend I was delighted to read about a new adaptation of Shelagh Delaney's seminal Salford piece A Taste Of Honey.

Labor Day (REVIEW)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

After reading Walter Kirn's superb book and seeing what a hash Reitman made of that, my expectations for Labor Day were low - and I was not disappointed. Here again, Reitman writes and directs; I hope he never repeats the experience, if this is anything to go by.

#SaveBBC3?

Alan Sim | Posted 12.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alan Sim

If the BBC thinks that they can continue to broadcast "TV" shows to the online world they are way behind the curve. They need to be much more gangster with their new approach to making content both long form and short form and look at how the online word is doing it better, bolder and cheaper.

Signifying Nothing

Caragh Little | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK
Caragh Little

It was when I saw the suggestion in a fashion magazine, late last night, that animal print might be a suitable style statement for a trip to the zoo, that I knew the game was up.

16 Things Only Drama Students Will Know

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

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A Lacklustre Wedding: A Review of Sherlock 'The Sign of Three'

Alex Yeates | Posted 08.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Yeates

Where I can appreciate the fact that this episode was meant to be a grand monologue of Sherlock's perspective on conventional ceremony and traditional banalities, it loses substantial credit for it began to just assume that it was ground-breakingly clever.

BAAAAARRRRHUMBUG?

Gina Lyons | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

You feeling Christmassy? You excited for the time off, the overeating, the family fun and the presents? You love this time of year? All the film watching, Roses munching, Baileys drinking fun you can have eh? Well not me.

Drama To Leave You 'Breathless'

Roger Crow | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

Paul Unwin may not be a household name, but in TV terms he's a serious mover and shaker as one of the brains behind British TV's longest running medical saga, Casualty. I spoke to the amiable writer, director and photographer about his recent project, ITV's period medical drama Breathless.

We Are Family

Paul Guest | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Paul Guest

Next week, my new short play, You're So London, opens alongside four others at the Creed Street Theatre in Wolverton just outside Milton Keynes. Produced by Carabosse Theatre, the play features in the Real Ale and Drama Shots pub theatre night.

The Real Problem With Homeland

Grant Feller | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Grant Feller

The rather dull and uninvolving third series of Homeland - and let's face it, it's been going downhill since the middle of the first series - is, I think, the result not just of the curse of 'sequelitis' but the impossibility of turning a crisis into a drama.

Shakespeare's Secret Love for Richard III: Elizabethan Textual Politics

Amy Licence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amy Licence

In the past few weeks, I've been disturbed by online questions I've seen posed about Shakespeare's 1592 play, Richard III. These have ranged from wondering why the playwright was a liar, to a complete rejection of all of his plays by devoted Ricardians

'Soho Cigarette' Film Review: Style Can't Keep This Cigarette Alight

Greg Wetherall | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Greg Wetherall

Soho Cigarette is Jonathan Fairbairn's debut feature film as writer/director. Shot on a small budget through crowd funded contributions, it follows D - a self-assured young Italian male - in and around the streets of Soho.

Walt, the 'Wire' and the 'Waltons' - The Logic of Family Values in Tough Economic Times

Kester Brewin | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Kester Brewin

The Waltons lived within certain moral bounds, but Breaking Bad and The Wire clearly have an alternate code because when we say they will do anything to bring money in to bolster their families, we soon find out that this mean anything.

Here, There, Gone: An Interview With Sir Nicholas Hytner

Will Bordell | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Will Bordell

Nicholas Hytner's Othello was so good I saw it twice. It's not the first time Sir Nick has wowed the critics. And I somehow doubt it will be the last. I perch comfortably outside his office, staring at black-and-white action shots of hit after hit: Adrian Lester in Henry V, Simon Russell Beale in Much Ado About Nothing, James Corden in One Man, Two Guv'nors. If there's such thing as a grammar of theatre, Hytner is fluent in it.

Top Boy and Black Stories

Damilola Odelola | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Damilola Odelola

In a sense, Top Boy does contribute and feed into negative racial stereotypes. However, as I said before, these are real stories and do depict real life situations. The majority of inhabitants on many a London estate are black or ethnic minority, but these are not the only stories.

'Southcliffe': The 'Hamlet' Of British Television

Ed Cripps | Posted 19.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ed Cripps

It is rare to watch a TV show in 2013 and realise, within about 15 minutes, that it might be one of the best British dramas of all time. But Channel 4's Southcliffe, which finished on Sunday, is something really rather special.

Whatever Is This?

Paul Guest | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Tech
Paul Guest

One soggy afternoon in January when I had nothing to do, an unfortunately usual occurrence, I started to trawl the Internet for something to busy myself with. A few half-witted articles and a lot of porn later, I very much stumbled upon a web series entitled 'The Outs'. It was free. And I began to watch.

Vengeance in the Guise of 'Justice' Must Be Resisted

Joseph Miles | Posted 30.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Joseph Miles

Vengeance is the darkest of human emotions. It is the belief that any injury that a person deals to you must be returned in kind. At its worst, it leads to feuds and atrocities; reprisals on top of reprisals. The Troubles in Northern Ireland could have ended so much sooner had it not been on for the desperation of either side to let no slight go unpunished. Yet for all this, it is surprisingly common for it to be glorified in the most unlikely of places.

Why Are We Grumbling About Mumbling?

Mark Featherstone-Witty | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Featherstone-Witty

The BBC Director General's comments last week about mumbling actors has helped to shine more light on to a complex issue. Lord Hall's comments managed to create a national wave of debate, pinpointing numerous TV productions and their most inaudible cast members.

Is There Anything to Say in Drama About Politics When All the Drama Has Been Carefully Squeezed Out of Real Politics?

Kevin Toolis | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK Politics
Kevin Toolis

In the olden days before catch up TV the annual Labour and Tory party conferences were guaranteed political barn fests. Revolts amongst the delegates, errant trade union bosses, and pro-hanging would-be Tory MPs were as commonplace as bare breasted women in HBO's Games of Thrones. Passion and politics mattered.

Celebrating the Right to Be Heard: 'The Color Purple - The Musical' Premieres in London

Joao Paulo Nunes | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Joao Paulo Nunes

Despite its success with audiences after it opened on Broadway in 2005, the adaptation of Alice Walker 's novel The Color Purple into a musical play was never going to garner the most effusive of welcomes by theatre and literary critics.