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Jazz roots

Zak Nemorin discusses his enlightening new documentary, which explores the true origins of jazz dance. Read my full Dancing Times article here

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‘Online gigs aren’t the same’: one comedian’s journey from stage to supermarket tills

“My first day working in the supermarket,” the comedian Lauren Pattison remembers, “was a year ago to the day that I’d been doing stand-up at Sydney Opera House.” Read my full Telegraph interview here

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‘To call arts freelancers “lazy” is dangerous’: the comedian packing Amazon boxes

It was meant to be a busy 2020 for comedian Will Duggan. “I was the tour support for Sofie Hagen, so I had all those gigs booked in, seven months of work, plus I was getting ready for the Edinburgh Festival. … Continue reading

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‘Diana was a cat – a pampered, domesticated cat’: how Emma Corrin learnt to move like a princess

Who links Freddie Mercury, Elvis, Princess Diana and Bond’s latest nemesis? The in-demand movement director Polly Bennett, who helped Rami Malek to an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody, and is a key member of The Crown’s creative team. Read my full Telegraph interview here

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BWW Interview: Alice Hamilton

The director talks helming Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter at Hampstead Theatre – and how it chimes with Covid times. Read my full BroadwayWorld interview here

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‘There’s not much funny about delivering for a supermarket’: the comic taken off stage by lockdown

“The whole year was timed out,” recalls comedian Steve Shanyaski of March 2020. “I was supporting John Bishop on tour, I had gigs lined up. Then lockdown happened and my whole diary turned white. I’ve never experienced anything like it … Continue reading

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British comedians in lockdown: ‘They’re in Amazon warehouses and Sainsbury’s vans’

Few stand-up comedians are laughing these days, with Covid-19 decimating their industry. So raise a glass to Kiri Pritchard-McLean, who has been providing much-needed gigs for her fellow comics, and raising thousands for charity, via her online “pub”, The Covid … Continue reading

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Operation Sleeping Beauty meets reality: what hope is there for theatre this Christmas?

Theatre is due to return – again – in December, after a stop-start year of openings and closures. Now, numerous shows depend on the government ending the second lockdown on December 2, as announced, in order to bring us some Christmas cheer. … Continue reading

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‘Theatres need timelines based on evidence – you can’t turn it on and off like a tap’

Becoming the new president of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) during a global pandemic might feel a bit like taking the wheel of the Titanic. But producer Eleanor Lloyd, who was elected by her fellow SOLT members a couple of … Continue reading

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Six’s ruined reopening: ‘The cast moved and got tested – then I had to break the news on Zoom’

It’s been three times unlucky for Six in 2020. The British musical had to close its US production on what would have been opening night, as Broadway shuttered; local outbreaks scuppered its summer drive-in tour; and, now, the second lockdown has put back … Continue reading

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