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3 Winters – Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts

Writer: Tena Štivičić Director: Stephen C Buckwald Reviewer: John Roberts   Tena Štivičić’s play may not be the most easily accessible (some production notes really wouldn’t go amiss here), especially if you are not aware of modern Croatian history; however,3 Winters is more than a history play. It may have an undercurrent of politics but Štivičić’s brutally honest play is ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Facing up to the cost of tuition

  I read a great post today on the "Book of Face", about a parent asking a person ‘inthe know’ this question: If you get only sixhours teaching a week in a university, couldn'tyou do drama school training in the same time? It’s such a great question isn’t it? I mean there are loads of universities out therecharging the £9000 ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Mentoring the mentors

  So that’s it then - another academic year over. Or as I like to see it…I’ve survived another 12 months of madness. Of course, such is the nature of our course, in just three weeks time it’ll all start again. As I say every year, whilethe notion of a running a two-year programme makes so much sense for the ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The true price of auditions

Last July I wrote this blog all about the dilemma of running an ethical audition day, and more specifically about the difficulties that we face. We hear time and time again from auditionees how unfair the audition process is to get into drama college, with the main point of the argument always coming down to money, asking why, unlike any ...

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OPINION : Annemarie Lewis Thomas – be a pro and just get on with it.

Saturday saw the end of yet another term in the ever revolving carousel that is The MTA intensive 2 year programme. Of course one of our unique features is the fact that we produce a public performance at the end of every term… so Saturday also saw the end of this year’s production of Something Old, Something New, our annual ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Moving… the true cost!

It was a milestone week for the college last week when we finally revealed that we were moving premises. However as with all these things there is a more involved story behind the sound bite. I won’t bore you with the details, but it had become apparent to me a while back that our current premises weren’t going to be ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – The Fighting Voice!

A fortnight after my last blog and at least one of the debates that I spoke about back then rages on. Sadly the slight flicker of recognition that our industry has a serious issue with Mental Health has died away, save only for the dying embers of a random blog. No news on what Equity are actually going to do ...

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OPINION: Annemarie Lewis Thomas – Putting The “News” Right

I’m not going to lie, I have found the various articles written about drama schools this year infuriating… and we’re only 29 days into the year. There are now two big debates raging – firstly the various high profile performers banging on about the lack of opportunities for working class young people coming through in the arts sector. Last year ...

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