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Bestseller Book Alert!

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Writing can change lives.  On a good day it takes you to wherever you need to go.  Ambition, dreams and success are life candy. Why not want more of what you like? Sure. Then how to fill your boots?  How do you download this success.  You’re already there. I mean you’re on the internet. You found it. Relax. Type what you need and find the best guide. Your smartphone or free library internet access can […]

Find the Fun in making your writing SHINE!

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I love writing. Don’t you? Getting all your thoughts down on paper and out of your head. No one to say what’s right or wrong (shut up inner critic now !) No one to tell you even what to write. You can be your true self.  You can honour your feelings. You can be that rebel.  You can try out a new you. It’s all about you. What’s not to like? Ah.  Just one thing. The […]

Interval Notes

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Recently my local theatre has had a face lift.  The seats are now multi coloured and the art deco doors have a face lift.  A new portrait needs to be created.  I show how I create mine using words that then review the shows that go on inside there.  I have reviewed over 200 shows at the Oxford Playhouse and beyond. Other posts about portraits are here Guide to Painting the portrait of a show Mark the […]

Rant ! Call to Action ! Theatre needs you ;-)

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So what if three people in London don’t like your play. Or your Art. Or your dance. Well it does matter if those 3 people are the key writers for the main newspaper theatre blogs and that is all anybody ever reads and then nobody comes to your show and the play that you’ve just spent a year writing and producing is not likely to go any further. I’ve been with a cast of a […]

Details for Writing a Theatre Review with HEART !

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The best advice I ever heard about putting a theatre review together is to make sure it is a useful experience for the reader from start to finish. So I am sharing this – along with a photograph that inspired it FAST REVIEW BLUEPRINT  You had a strong reaction to something you saw on a stage and you want to write about it You’re in the right place. I have a system for it.  And […]

Cool questions to ask at a post show talk

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After a great show at your local theatre sometimes there is the chance to meet the cast for an informal QandA. This may even spark off the idea to write a review of the show to a local paper or blog it yourself. The details the creative director gives about the show can often make things clearer and the insights are something worth sharing with other people who may want to see the show. Deeper […]

Questions to ask on a theatre tour

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It can be useful to add information about the venue especially if it is a site specific work as in a show that is created to performed in one particular spot like a public park or old shed. It is also interesting to do a review of the building itself as a separate review if you are looking for content for your blog. Was the building always a theatre? The past history of an arts space is often […]

Punching Power out of the Story

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First Identify – What type of story does the show use ? There are 7 types of story Overcoming the Monster. Rags to Riches. The Quest. Voyage and Return. Comedy. Tragedy. Rebirth. Check through the programme, company online site or search engine to find out which of the above best describes what it is. Then ask yourself  how is it done?   There are as many styles of delivery as there are theatre directors!  Contemporary, Traditional, Experimental, […]

Hook a Hot Headline

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The questions you hear being asked at the ticket desk can be useful to point our what your readers need to know. It’s good to know what are the problems the theatre goers have that you could be solved in your review –  for example Are there special transport links if the show is off site? Is there an adult rated content because of nudity or swearing? Is there a special arrangement for access for wheelchairs because of a […]

Calling the Box Office

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There are many things you can discover from a simple phone call to the theatre box office that will be invaluable to your reader. They will remember you for getting them off the sofa and having a fun time with others! You are taking the time to lay the foundations for their great night out by showing them information they would not otherwise have the chance to find out if they are making a last minute decision […]