No, you're not making it up: how to find your inner activist

I don’t know about you, but the industry can often make me feel like I need to adopt an “everybody for themselves” mentality. Stick up for yourself. Justify yourself. Fight for yourself. Yesterday, I was lucky enough join a group of exceptional individuals in a session exploring how we can be stronger together in challenging power strategies, led by the brilliant Tom Ross-Williams and Jess Bastick-Vines, who works with Equity. Our discussion was inspired by personal stories that the group felt comfortable enough to share. We talked about privilege, power, visibility, creating boundaries within the work in order to keep ourselves safe within an industry that at times pushes you to be vulnerab


Since graduating from Drama School I’d been searching for a play reading group in London... but surprisingly couldn’t find one aimed specifically at professional actors. For me sight reading’s such a vital skill. As someone who was diagnosed with dyslexia at school, cold reading terrified me and really affected my confidence when it came to approaching a script. After a lot of practise, however, it’s become one of the skills I feel most comfortable with. I now find performing a script cold really helps build confidence in instinctive choices, and aligns you with the playwright and world of the play. So... I decided to approach a number of theatre organisations to ask if they could offer stud


There was a sketch on Shakespeare Live! – the program broadcast by the BBC commemorating the 400-year anniversary of Shakespeare’s death – where stupidly famous actors argue where the emphasis should be in that stupidly famous line: "to be or not to be, that is the question." Should it be "to be OR not to be, that is the question," or "to be or NOT to be, that is the question," or perhaps "to be or not to be, that is THE question?” In fact, of course, Shakespeare has already told us where the emphasis should be, because he has written it in iambic pentameter. This heartbeat rhythm is Hamlet's anchor - he needs the verse meter to contain and structure his thoughts. Or to attempt to contain th