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INTERVIEW: Steven Arnold’s streetwise take on life after death

A nation wept when lovable, if gullible, butcher Ashley Peacock exited Britain's longest-running soap in 2010after getting squished by a tram but, unlike many before him, Steven Arnold has kept on working to prove to the public that there's more to him than lamb kidneys and scrag-end. Now a veteran of the theatre, Arnold spoke to Paul Couch ahead of ...

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PRODUCTION DIARY: Colin Hurley on rehearsing dreamplay

In our second diary from the rehearsal room of dreamplay, actor Colin Hurley takes us on an actors journey into the rehearsal process.   “Just say yes…” Was my response to being asked if Iwas really going to use a Sainsbury’s shopping bag as a bathtub. I feel that comment sums up the feel of the room so far in ...

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INTERVIEW: The Naked Magicians bare all

Stage magic is making something of a comeback with shows coming up with ever more spectacular visual effects to wow their audiences. For Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, aka The Naked Magicians, though, the approach has been more back to basics, promising full frontal nudity with sleeves up and pants down. Glen Pearce sat down with the boys as they ...

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INTERVIEW: Sue Devaney toasts When We Are Married

Sue Devaney in rehearsal for When We Are Married

Actress Sue Devaney has become one of TVs most recognisable faces, with iconic roles in Dinnerladies, Casualty, Johnny Briggs and Coronation Street behind her. Devaney though also has an extensive stage career and is currently in rehearsal for J. B. Priestley’s When We Are Married for Northern Broadsides and York Theatre Royal. She spoke to Glen Pearce about the play ...

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PRODUCTION DIARY: Sarah Bedi on rules of engagement for dreamplay

In the first of a regular series taking us behind the rehearsal room door, writer and director Sarah Bedi shares her thoughts on creating the complex world of dreamplay, opening in September at The Vaults in London. Day two of rehearsals for dreamplay. Day two of playing, experimenting and feeling our way towards a complex dream-world that already feels endlessly ...

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INTERVIEW: The cast of The Woman in Black talk about taking ghosts on the road

David Acton and Matthew Spencer are not the first actors to appear in the stage adaptation of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black.Over the last 27 years, shows have come and gone at London's famous Theatre Royal Drury Lane but, across the road fromits stage door, at the Fortune Theatre, this one productionhasbeen scaring audiences out of their wits throughout ...

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INTERVIEW: Matthew Lewis on Potter, Unfaithful and doing that photoshoot

Many actors struggle to make the transition from child to adult actor but, for Matthew Lewis, a wide variety of roles post-Harry Potter have shown his versatility. About to perform in Unfaithful at London’s Found 111 Theatre space, he took time out of rehearsal to talk to Glen Pearce about the play and casting off his film persona. Like most ...

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