Kate Bush: A True Diva

Karen Ruimy | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karen Ruimy

I just returned from my long summer, far away, when I saw a surprise text message. My dear friend had invited me to the friends-and-family preview night of the most hotly anticipated show in London for years - the amazing Kate Bush!

Out of Control... Lessons From the Back

Dominic Irvine | Posted 29.08.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Milking it As the cardamom flavoured milk was passed to me to try my heart sank. I don't like the mouth feel of milk and am indifferent to its flavour...

Six Things Every Actress Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

My daughter wants to be an actress. Words that should strike fear into the heart of any right thinking parent. I've gently tried to discourage her from what I perceive as a harsh life, but she comes alive on stage and has held on to this ambition to the exclusion of other childhood dreams. Luckily my daughter is only seven and there is plenty of time for sense to prevail, but were she to continue on her path, what should she know?

Discretionary Effort - Insights From the Business of Cycling

Dominic Irvine | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Sport
Dominic Irvine

The security team faced a choice, overtake the hapless cyclist at the back to get behind their man or watch as the gap between the two riders grew. Ha...

The Truth Behind How Happiness Fuels Success

Susanna Halonen | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susanna Halonen

When I discovered positive psychology, I realised I'd had it all backwards. It's not the success that fuels the happiness, but the happiness that fuels the success.

Is Your Energy Consistently Low? Are You Feeling Burnt Out? If So Read On, You're Not Alone...

Oliver Gray | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Oliver Gray

The modern way in which we are living is filled with a tone of habits that drain our energy and not enough of the good habits that energise us. We find ourselves out of balance, which in many cases is leading to burn out.

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?

Ferrari Performance 'Not Acceptable'

Todd McCandless | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

The team is working "round the clock" to increase the competitiveness and claw back some ground that Mercedes currently holds on the entire field. The Ferrari of 2014 seems to have pace on high-speed corners but struggles with stability under braking and speed down the straights.

What Sports Psychologists Can Teach the Ad Industry

Luke Morris | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Luke Morris

Racing at 90mph, head-first, down an artificially frozen hill with more twists and turns than Silverstone... with no steering... on a tray. It takes a special kind of person to take up the Skeleton, with a unique set of skills: split-second decision making, nerves of carbon-fiber and razor-sharp clarity of mind...

Stand Up for Better Meetings

Dominic Irvine | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Stand up for better meetings Not so smart It's not as if we didn't notice: The 'smart' phone vibrated on the table as each message arrived. The sequ...

Performing in the Present Moment

Suranga Chandratillake | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Sport
Suranga Chandratillake

So how do the most successful sports people ensure they stay in the present moment? Here are four key techniques elite athletes use...

Five Ways to Gain a More Positive Work Outlook This January

Louise Aston | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Aston

January is typically the month where workers across the UK are supposedly feeling most anxious and downcast about the challenges of the coming year. Some claim that 'Blue Monday', which reportedly fell this week, is the moment at which our optimism is at its lowest level.

Shakespeare Institute Students Wow Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Annie Martirosyan | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Annie Martirosyan

If you could ask Shakespeare one thing, what would it be? Building on this question, the MA Shakespeare and Creativity students at the Shakespeare Ins...

Performance Pioneer, Eddie Peake Talks Sex and Impact

Morgan Meaker | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Morgan Meaker

Aside from his painting, Eddie is well known for his boundary-pushing performance art which is often interpreted as very sexual. He's shown work at The Tate, The White Cube and his naked five aside football match at The Royal Academy made waves amongst the critics.

RIP V8 Era 2006-2013

Todd McCandless | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Sport
Todd McCandless

After eight seasons, the FIA Formula One World Championship will say goodbye to the 2.4 litre V8 engine formula at the Brazilian Grand Prix this weekend. It's not only the end of the 2013 season but the end of the V8 engine era.

DIY Taxidermy: Death Becomes Her

Patrick Cash | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Patrick Cash

The irony of Gates' vilification by the animal rights activists is that her work is designed artistically to illustrate the reality of how animal life is wasted in human industry.

Can You Conquer Your Fear of Failure?

Maggie Currie | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maggie Currie

The fear of failure is probably the single greatest obstacle to success in our lives. We can become totally preoccupied with not making a mistake and with seeking approval from our peers, our elders, our friends and everyone else we meet.

Worded Carefully

Patrick Cash | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Patrick Cash

Spoken word is often thought to be just about poetry, but I believe it to be a delivery of speech in a strong enough way to affect those who hear it.

Rethinking Language with Russell Brand

Katie Found | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Found

Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Russell Brand perform at Soho Theatre. It was an intimate affair; a test run before he shoves his jokes into a duffel bag and sets off on tour.

The Saudi Women Laughing in the Face of Inequality at Home and Ignorance Abroad

Bidisha | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A great deal of fascination with a vaguely defined 'Muslim world' and 'Muslim values' has been sparked by the Arab revolutions and, before that, by the 9/11 Twin Towers attacks. One can critique this interest as unsophisticated or reactive - 'Who are these strange brown foreign people and why are they angry?'

The Worst of Scottee

Scottee | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment

We were able to find out things I've done to other humans - from suicide to AIDS and everything in between. I remember playing this back to the production team for the first time - it seemed like the dynamic in the room shifted a little as everyone was confronted with the effects of a lie I told aged 16.

Extreme Networking

Dominic Irvine | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Come and suffer It's not exactly a great starting recipe for success. I'd like you to come along, give up two days, spend several hundred pounds and p...

Is Twitter Good Training for Stand-Up?

Robin Flavell | Posted 30.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Robin Flavell

The sheer number of would-be joke writers within its walls tells you that it's relatively easy to fire out a few one liners in the safe environment of Twitter. But arguably Twitter's cosy bosom is no place to prepare yourself for the bear-pit of live performance. If a joke falls flat on Twitter it will simply get washed away in the ceaseless stream of the timeline. No one boos. No one gets up and walks out. The long, deathly silence which must haunt the dreams of every stand-up comedian is of no concern.

Estrella Morente: A New Wave in Flamenco

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 23.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lorenzo Belenguer

Estrella, which means star in Spanish, is the heir of a great dynasty of flamenco singers. However heavy the burden might be, she had no problem to evolve into a more restraint performance while keeping its purity. Highly influenced by jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald; a meticulously orchestrated exhibition of words, sounds, and movements.

Sick Singers

Michael Volpe | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Michael Volpe

If you or I get a cold we can sit at our desks, doped on Lemsip and trundle through our day's tasks unwatched, unnoticed, silently. That is a luxury not afforded a performer who must force their voice into spectacularly unnatural contortions, expending monumental amounts of energy in the process.