UK Drama

Magpie - Film Review

Sam Coleman | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sam Coleman

If i were to rate the film Magpie, I could not conceive it getting less than 5/5 stars. A truly compelling masterpiece of melancholy. The Review Th...

Can An Arts Education Save Future Careers In The Age Of Robots?

Andrew Fitzmaurice | Posted 05.12.2016 | UK
Andrew Fitzmaurice

The initial outcomes of our analysis illustrate the impact of a well-rounded education on improving soft skills such as creativity, confidence and problem solving. In addition to fostering a love of learning and an international perspective in our students, we are trying to prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in life; skills which can never be replaced by robots or automation.

Arts Education Should be Championed, Not Side-lined

Professor John Raftery | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor John Raftery

While it is seductively easy to solve a short term cash flow problem and close a course, it is much harder to open a new one, and so the decision to close should never be taken lightly. In these situations, it is a public interest focussed judgement. Arts education is not just good for society, it is civilization optimising and more should be done to ensure it is celebrated and protected.

The Royale (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 21.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The Royale is a very muscular, frenetic play that kicks off with Jay fighting a bout with a newcomer, played by an engaging Martins Imhangbe. Brilliantly staged, the entire drama is set in a boxing ring, just a wooden-slated floor that becomes the whole world.

Does The Crown Signal A New Era Of Netflix And Television?

Harris Morris | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK
Harris Morris

These providers will have to really know their brand and their audiences like never before - whether they're a huge network or a small streaming service. All of the successful creators tell stories they believe in.

Emma Rice's Shakespeare Globe Departure Is A Crying Shame

William Crona | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
William Crona

People were being given a chance to make Shakespeare their own, and in the magnificent Globe theatre no less, who were not usually given this chance. And they were being given the chance to do so on their own terms, in ways that resonated with them

Westworld (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 11.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

Before watching the JJ Abrams reboot, I watched the 1973 Michael Crichton film and I was blown away by how inventive and visionary it was. Driverless ...

Don't Make Me Laugh, Mr Fox

Paul Clayton | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Lawrence, just because you're working for a very low salary does not mean you are working class. Being working class is to do with an awful to more than how much you are paid.

Poldark Season 2 Episode 3: Recap and Review

Anita Butler | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Anita Butler

"Bosoms." I'm sorry? Do you mean posset? No? "Bosoms. Acres of them, exposed like capons on a platter." Ah, it's Elizabeth's mother, Mrs Chynowet...

Let's Stop Our Drama Schools Playing Lip Service When It Comes To Diversity

Sanjay Lago | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Sanjay Lago

It is amazing to see the large contribution made by the many creative voices within the sector, that are continuing to work and make the creative world a colourful place. But this isn't just the people that are on our screens and stages making the noise for diversity. It is also the people in education who want to make change, the new generation of graduated talent or soon to be graduated talent.

New BBC Thriller Series 'One Of Us' - A Feast Of Crime and deviance

Dr Elizabeth Yardley | Posted 02.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr Elizabeth Yardley

After the first episode, we were left with the pieces of a challenging jigsaw scattered all over the floor - with not much idea how they fitted together and whether they were all part of the same puzzle. The writers provided us with a few theories that left seasoned crime drama viewers saying "That's far too obvious", so we are certainly in for an interesting ride as the series unfolds.

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 29.11.2016 | 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.