London Road

DISCOVERY TUESDAY

London Road the musical is written based on a real-life event of a serial killer in London Road near Ipswich. The musical is written in the verbatim style – a style of writing where the musical is constructed using the text exactly as recorded in documentaries and interviews. The ‘music’ and lyrics is dictated and mimicked mainly by the rhythm, pace and pitch of the spoken words.

London was a project launched by the National Theatre initially, however, after receiving many positive reviews, the show was taken on a national tour and later in 2015, reworked for a film adaptation which was recently broadcasted on BBC iplayer.

London Road – written by Alecky Blythe (book and lyrics) and Adam Cork (music and Continue reading

10 Ways To Bomb Your Audition

There’s so much talk about what you need to do in auditions and not so much about what might actually ruin your audition.

Take a read at this article and try and avoid ever doing these 10 things 🙂

http://theatrenerds.com/10-ways-completely-bomb-audition/

Unknown Sondheim Songs

Sunday In The Park With George, Follies, Company, Into The Woods, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along… etc You name it… I just about know all of Sondheim’s work. And just when I thought I’ve learnt most of Sondheim’s work, this book surfaced!

This is my latest purchase for my private library and what a fabulous read/play!

I’ve attached the song list below, see how many songs you know/recognise. 🙂

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What Is Your Dance CV?

Tyler Hanes is a Broadway performer. Over the years he has worked on numerous productions. Take a look at this video as Tyler talks through his experience and memories of the show, as well as giving you a little snapshot of his dancing skills 🙂

Enjoy

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How to Practice Effectively

MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY

TED Talks are one of my favourite channels to listen on. They have multiple topics, and whether it’s a lecture or video, they are always informative, educational and inspiring.

I came across this video about practice recently and I wanted to share with all of you. As performers, we are constantly confronted with the act of practice; in fact, you probably spend more time practising than be in lessons. Knowing how to practice is vital as they way you practice will shape your craft. Your teacher can help you refine your craft, but they cannot do it for you. It is YOU who decides upon the quality and quantity of practice, which will have a direct impact on the performance.

As mentioned in the video, it takes years of practice to master a skill, therefore, knowing and learning the most efficient way to practice will maximise your development – Continue reading

14 Side Effect Of Being A Theatre Kid

Oh… this article cracks me up! This is so true!

How many of these are you, I definitely suffer from 12/14 of these ‘side effects’ haha!

Nevertheless, I’d like to add another one… “No. 15: You speak sentences with show tunes Continue reading

The ‘Do Not Sing’ List

Many of you often ask me about what song you SHOULDN’T sing in auditions… well, here’s a selection of them…

Song in order of appearance:

Still Hurting (The Last 5 Years) – I Dreamed A Dream (Les Mis) – Somewhere Thats Green (Little Shop of Horrors) – The Wizard and I (Wicked) – Ashtonishing (Little Women) – Don’t Rain On My Parade (Funny Girl) – Defying Gravity (Wicked) – Gimme Gimme (Thoroughly Modern Millie)

Of course, these songs made it to the ‘Do Not Sing List’ is because they are sung badly too Continue reading