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.
The importance of getting the consumer's heart racing; to experience, be entertained, to interact with their smartphones and to shop is a more important (and more exciting) opportunity and 'retail canvas' than ever before.
I believe there were three flashpoints in Miller's youth that shaped his entire life's work. The first, and perhaps the most enduring, was the collapse of his father's business during the Great Depression of the late 1920s.
Exploring this creative streak still further, Sage is a noted visual artist (her art is featured in the above video for Coloring Book) and I was keen to find out more about that creative process.
On 17th November 2015, we will gather at the Royal Exchange to present the four awards from a total prize fund of £40,000. These four plays will then be developed and supported by the Royal Exchange Theatre and we hope to see productions of the winning plays in our theatres and beyond in the near future.
I could write a whole dissertation on how Deborah Pearson's writing rattles me more than Beckett but I think it would go on forever. (A BIT LIKE A BECKETT PLAY LOL.) All I can do is grasp you by the wrists and stare into your eyes in a way that makes you slightly uncomfortable and tell you that if the opportunity presents itself to see Pearson's work you must go immediately.
By all means take a pinch of Romeo and Juliet to show that falling in love when you are a teenager makes you think you can do anything in the world, but also makes you sort of want to die. But it all gets a bit out of hand when you bring contracting TB into the equation.
There is a wealth of British acting talent coming through the ranks on stage and in films. Over the last year people like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike have all gained critical acclaim and A-List status in Hollywood, and they all have one other thing in common which is that they were privately educated.
Art matters. And it's hard to think of a theatre company that has proved that more than Belarus Free Theatre (BFT). Now about to celebrate their tenth anniversary, BFT has persisted against the most extraordinary odds to not just confront oppression, but to create challenging and vital theatre.
It was like an internal vacuum cleaner sucking my soul away, drawing my face in, bagging up my personality. I got aggressive, had fights, drank more, did drugs, tried to fight it off in all the wrong ways. The problem was I didn't know how to equip myself with all the right tools to slay it.
Les Mis has passed it's 30th anniversary date and we are continuing to celebrate Club 24601 with our series of interviews with former Jean Valjeans. Today, it's the turn of Australian Dan Koek who played the role in 2013-2014.
This adaptation of the much-loved book, Jane Eyre, is a really ambitious attempt to translate the entire novel into a dynamic, energetic production. The result is a whistle-stop trip through the story that touches on every single event in the book, but doesn't always capture the emotion.
I write this because I am scared we are forgetting our humanity. Last night, someone called me asking for my support as they were being admitted to hospital. I did not think I should stay in bed and protect my assets.
It is my hope that the boycott will be cut short and art permitted to flow free once more in Israel. Let's keep culture as our own 'magic place', where the horrors and difficulties of this world can be put to rest, just for an hour or so.
This film is moving and empowering beyond words and afterwards I had a little cry in the toilet. These are our foremothers and finally their story is being told on the same scale as all the other men who have changed history (because they were allowed to). Every human needs to watch this.
In a week when we learnt that airboards are illegal to ride on the streets of London, the only way to console ourselves was to go to the theatre and think about our feelings.