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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

How can I pursue a career in hair and make-up? by Paul Vale

Artists working on some of the UK’s biggest shows tell Paul Vale how they got into the business and offer advice for people

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Awkward Conversations With Animals I’ve Fucked review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘a nuanced performance’ by Paul Vale

Though the title of Rob Hayes’ 2014 play is unashamedly provocative and unquestionably memorable, the piece itself is a fraught, often funny

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Kick-start your acting career with a Scholarship to Rose Bruford College by Paul Vale

Join the likes of Gary Oldman and Rosalie Craig by studying at Rose Bruford College, which is offering a full scholarship worth

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Queereteria TV review at Above the Stag, London – ‘a truly bizarre concoction’ by Paul Vale

The ageless, enigmatic Torsten first appeared at Above the Stag in 2016 as part of the dramatic song-cycle Torsten: The Beautiful Libertine,

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Thrill Me: The Leopold and Loeb Story review at the Hope Theatre, London – ‘intense and stylish’ by Paul Vale

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb should probably be consigned to anonymous ignominy. Two young men from wealthy families in the 1920s, they

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Bed Peace: The Battle of Yohn and Joko review at Cockpit, London – ‘big-hearted and sprightly’ by Paul Vale

In 1969, as the conflict escalated in Vietnam, John Lennon and his new wife Yoko Ono staged their bed-in for peace. This

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Razzamataz Theatre Schools by Paul Vale

Razzamataz is celebrating its ninth year offering scholarships with The Stage. This year it has a record number of 43 places for

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ali and Dahlia review at Pleasance Theatre, London – ‘a promising debut play’ by Paul Vale

Actor-turned-playwright Tariq Jordan delivers a fresh take on a familiar story with his debut play. Set in the West Bank, Ali and

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Hair the Musical review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘diluted touring version of an energetic production’ by Paul Vale

Jonathan O’Boyle’s production of the 1960s countercultural musical Hair opened at the Hope Mill Theatre in Manchester in 2016. A semi-immersive run

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Friday, March 22, 2019

The Life I Lead review at Park Theatre, London – ‘Miles Jupp is perfectly cast’ by Paul Vale

Best known for a handful of Disney films in the 1960s, the life of British actor David Tomlinson might not seem like

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Spirit Young Performers Company by Paul Vale

Spirit Young Performers Company is offering three year-long scholarships across its dance and musical theatre courses. Paul Vale speaks to the company’s

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Undetectable review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘intimate and engaging gay drama’ by Paul Vale

Tom Wright’s debut play My Dad’s Gap Year, which opened last month at London’s Park Theatre, concerned the exploits of a dysfunctional,

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Friday, March 15, 2019

The Crown Dual review at King’s Head Theatre, London – ‘an entertaining parody’ by Paul Vale

Out-of-work actor Beth Buckingham believes she was born to play the role of Elizabeth II in the Netflix series The Crown. When

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Win a free place on part-time courses at Arts Ed by Paul Vale

With a wide range of part-time courses on offer for all ages, Arts Educational Schools London is once again teaming up with

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Monday, March 11, 2019

Gaslight review at Mill at Sonning – ‘an effective, entertaining production’ by Paul Vale

The term ‘gaslighting’ – the psychological manipulation of a person carried out with the intention of making them doubt their sanity –

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Friday, March 8, 2019

Circa review at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London – ‘Ambitious gay chronicle that runs out of ideas’ by Paul Vale

In his ambitious and articulate first play, which had its London premiere at the Vaults in 2016, Tom Ratcliffe explores the evolution

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Monday, March 4, 2019

My Brother’s Keeper review at Playground Theatre, London – ‘impeccable staging’ by Paul Vale

Award-winning playwright and novelist Nigel Williams wrote My Brother’s Keeper in the mid-1980s, not long after his own father had died of

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Friday, March 1, 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest review at Tara Theatre, London – ‘joyously inventive’ by Paul Vale

It takes confidence to tinker with Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Earlier this year, LKT Productions relocated it to a council

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Gently Down the Stream review at Park Theatre, London – ‘a touching intergenerational romance’ by Paul Vale

Forty years on from Bent, renowned playwright Martin Sherman, now celebrating his 80th year, wanted to examine the changing face of the

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Monday, February 18, 2019

[Title of Show] review at Above the Stag, London – ‘warm, witty meta-musical’ by Paul Vale

Hunter Bell and Jeff Bowen’s autobiographical musical gains perspective with age. Originally written in 2004, it’s a quirky, navel-gazing piece that touched

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Can-Can! review at Union Theatre, London – ‘cliché-ridden and heinously cheesy’ by Paul Vale

Director and producer Phil Willmott has proved himself a past master of the musical reinvention. But though his Essential Classics season at

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Rip It Up – The 60s review at Garrick Theatre, London – ‘stylish and energetic’ by Paul Vale

Following a UK tour and a brief stint at the Palladium last year Rip It Up – The 60s gets a limited

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Th’ Importance of Bein’ Earnest review at Drayton Arms, London – ‘a clever concept’ by Paul Vale

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is both an impeccably crafted comedy of manners and a satirical commentary on the mores

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Friday, February 8, 2019

Avenue Q review at New Wimbledon Theatre, London – ‘monster talent’ by Paul Vale

It’s been 13 years since Avenue Q opened in the West End, introducing British audiences to characters such as Trekkie Monster, Lucy

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist review at Vaults, London – ‘ a witty, feel-good comedy’ by Paul Vale

When Bob finally walks out on Walt, he places an ad on Craigslist to advertise the spare room. Walt has always suffered

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Monday, February 4, 2019

My Dad’s Gap Year review at Park Theatre, London – ‘thinly drawn characters’ by Paul Vale

Dave is not having a good year. He’s unemployed, his drinking is out of control and his wife Cath has abandoned him.

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Friday, February 1, 2019

The Ruffian on the Stair review at Hope Theatre, London – ‘fresh, funny and ruthless’ by Paul Vale

Joe Orton’s The Ruffian on the Stair was initially conceived as a radio play, and later rewritten for the stage in 1966,

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Stage Scholarships 2019: Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company by Paul Vale

Partnering with The Stage, the company is offering two half-scholarships worth a total of £21,500. Paul Vale finds out what’s in store

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical review at the Other Palace, London – ‘hugely entertaining’ by Paul Vale

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical surfaced in 2008 as the result of a workshop exercise. The resulting one-hour extemporised musical sparked an improvisation

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The Stage Scholarships 2019: Sylvia Young Theatre School by Paul Vale

With its students frequently performing in the West End and on screen, the central London theatre school is offering to cover all

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Extra Virgin review at Above the Stag, London – ‘absorbing, but slight’ by Paul Vale

This short play by Howard Walters was first performed at the original Above the Stag venue in 2011 as part of a

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