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Monday, September 16, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Diverse voices use diverse forms and critics need to embrace them by Lyn Gardner

At London’s Royal Court two Saturdays ago, Clean Break, the remarkable company that works with women who have experience of the criminal

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Lyn Gardner: As children go back to school, so should their local theatres by Lyn Gardner

I always love the first couple of weeks of September when theatre has a back-to-school vibe. There is nothing like the start

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Too often theatre just preaches to the converted. What’s the point? by Lyn Gardner

Just as the Edinburgh festivals were coming to an end, I read an interview with actor Lindsay Duncan in which she said:

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Lyn Gardner: 14 things I took away from Edinburgh 2019 by Lyn Gardner

1. It was the year of guerrilla marketing Demi Nandhra’s heartfelt blog about needing a payday loan to come to Edinburgh blossomed

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Where are the opportunities for self-exploiting support staff after the fringe is over? by Lyn Gardner

As we head into the final weekend of the fringe, artists will be totting up their gains and losses. Some will have

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Emily Lim: the rising star putting the nation into the National Theatre by Lyn Gardner

Resident director Emily Lim is the driving force behind the NT’s community engagement programme Public Acts. Its first year’s work culminated in

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Lyn Gardner: We must take care of ourselves and each other to cope with the stresses of the fringe by Lyn Gardner

A lot has changed in terms of support offered to artists on the fringe in recent years. The programme, backed by the

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Are indie companies losing out in Edinburgh’s two-tiered theatre programme? by Lyn Gardner

Director Josh Roche thinks that the winners in Edinburgh are decided long before a single show has opened on the fringe. Roche

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Arts Council England should grasp the nettle and help fund Edinburgh Fringe shows by Lyn Gardner

There is undeniably something odd about the fact that those bringing a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from New Zealand or

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Raw talent at the fringe needs better support to build lasting careers in theatre by Lyn Gardner

One of the pleasures of seeing the multi-talented 1927 performing its latest show, Roots, in the Edinburgh International Festival programme is in

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Lyn Gardner: The Edinburgh Fringe can bring out the worst in people, but also the best by Lyn Gardner

I went to see a great show at Summerhall the other evening called The Afflicted. Produced by Scottish company Groupwork, the show

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Ignore the critics calling it the festival of ‘me me me’ – autobiographical theatre is not self-indulgent but essential by Lyn Gardner

Sometimes I think almost everything I know about the world, I know from theatre. Of course, I read books, listen to the

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Don’t contribute to Edinburgh Fringe’s ‘unlovely’ winners and losers divide by Lyn Gardner

If you felt annoyed by your neighbours would you write something down and pop it through their letter box, and also the

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Those seeing Edinburgh Fringe shows for free need reminding who pays in the end by Lyn Gardner

Today marks my 13th day at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. I haven’t totted up exactly how many shows I’ve seen, but it’s

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Does theatre have a crucial role in the fight against climate change? by Lyn Gardner

What would you do if your house was on fire? You probably wouldn’t pop to the Edinburgh Fringe to either see a

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Is all that separates great theatremakers in Edinburgh the size of the budget? by Lyn Gardner

Darting between the fringe and the Edinburgh International Festival, the difference in resources and scale is striking. The gloss of some EIF

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Selling out a show is only one marker of success at the fringe – keep faith in your work by Lyn Gardner

Edinburgh Festival Fringe only officially started on Friday, but already you can see the shine rubbing off for some people. It’s hard

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Lyn Gardner: At the fringe it pays to be brave, for audiences as well as artists by Lyn Gardner

What two things do you need to come to the fringe? Financial clout and bravery would be high on my list, and

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Letting critics into your Edinburgh Fringe previews is a gamble worth taking by Lyn Gardner

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe officially opens today, but lots of shows have been up and running since Wednesday. I love the first

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Angry residents, worker exploitation, soaring rents – can the Edinburgh Fringe really go on like this? by Lyn Gardner

With claims of exploitation, the ever increasing cost of accommodation and concerns about its impact on the city, can the Edinburgh Fringe

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Edinburgh Fringe pay study shows how theatre’s gender divide is embedded early by Lyn Gardner

With less than a week to go before the start of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, another report has just been published that

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Monday, July 22, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Should theatres shoulder some of the blame for poor audience behaviour? by Lyn Gardner

Unlike some commentators in the tabloid press, I rather doubt that West End theatre ushers being issued with bodycams signals the imminent

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Lyn Gardner: We should really define success by the well-being of theatremakers by Lyn Gardner

Last month, I was involved in The Art of Self Care, a day of workshops, panel talks and provocations at London’s Roundhouse.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Will the Tree authorship row be theatre’s next #MeToo moment? by Lyn Gardner

If #MeToo was a moment that made British theatre take a long hard look at itself, then the controversy over the authorship

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Should we fund people and places instead of buildings? by Lyn Gardner

I have often wondered what might happen and the benefits that would accrue to the whole theatre ecology, if instead of funding

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Distinctive work made outside London is vital to theatre’s ecology by Lyn Gardner

What does the play Education, Education, Education – currently at Trafalgar Studios – have in common with Touching the Void, set to

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Lyn Gardner: It’s not just performers – we need to invest in producers too by Lyn Gardner

I have always thought the best place to trial universal basic income schemes would be in the arts community, because of the

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Classic musicals, like classic plays, need reinvention by Lyn Gardner

Theatre critic Kenneth Tynan once described Guys and Dolls as the greatest work of American drama after Arthur Miller’s Death of a

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Lyn Gardner: By cutting its theatre critics, London Evening Standard is biting the hand that feeds it by Lyn Gardner

The news that theatre critics Henry Hitchings and Fiona Mountford will no longer be writing for the London Evening Standard is not

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Lyn Gardner: Can audiences actually make a show better… or worse? by Lyn Gardner

Who is theatre’s greatest collaborator? Undoubtedly, it’s the audience. Without them the show is nothing. But do some audiences give better audience

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Into the Mountain review at Cairngorms National Park – ‘unique outdoor dance piece’ by Lyn Gardner

Audiences don’t normally get to choose the length of a show, but we do with Into the Mountain, a site-sensitive walking performance

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