Performance


46 Industry insights in total for Performance


Because street theatre is so visual, costumes are very important.

Performing street theatre

Jacqui Papay is a senior performer with the internationally-renowned Natural Theatre Company in Bath. She performs visually engaging comic scenarios in a wide range of outdoor venues, UK and abroad.


Geff Francis' career has included roles in The Singing Detective and the sitcom 'Desmonds'.

Getting into acting

TV and theatre actor Geff Francis talks about how acting workshops helped him find success, and what to bear in mind when thinking about going to drama school.


Derek Halligan is an actor whose credits include Harry's Game, Fifty Dead Men Walking, Hollyoaks.

A career in acting

Derek Halligan started his performing career as a touring singer with a band called Luigi Krum and the Kumbaks. He moved into theatre in the 1970s as has performed on stage, television and film.


Alison has worked with deaf and hard of hearing theatre practitioners to develop a series of signs for technical theatre terminology.

Sign language for theatre

Alison Pottinger became interested in signing for theatre after stage managing a signed performance. She spoke about the skills it requires, and the opportunities signing opens up for performers and audiences.


The NYT focuses on the creative development of young people.

A career in youth theatre

The National Youth Theatre focuses on the social and creative development of young people. They provide workshops and training for performance and stage production. Artistic Director Paul Roseby spoke to Choices.


Augustina Seymour is an actress with a lot of experience of tours abroad.

Advice for touring actors

Actors go where the work is. Whether theatrical tours or shooting on location, acting is a job that often takes you away from home. Working away can be tough, and it's worth knowing what to expect.


American Tribal Style is a fusion of Middle Eastern, flamenco and Indian stylisations.

Get into tribal bellydancing

Samantha Hasthorpe used to work in construction and had no dance experience. But after seeing Fat Chance Bellydance perform at Majma Dance Festival she knew what she wanted to do.


I teach songs, arrange vocal harmonies, conduct cast and band for a musical.

A musical director career

Philip Bateman is a musical director and singing coach. He has worked on West End shows like Billy Elliot and Our House. He spoke about how he built his career in musical theatre.


Maya organises the event, liaises with performers, finds sound equipment, and makes sure everything is going to work.

Running a creative event

Maya Levy is an actor, singer-songwriter and pianist. She is also artistic director of the Open Arts Café evenings, where artists present original work to a supportive audience.


The stage-show ‘Scandalous!’ mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling, songs, and striptease.

Burlesque performance

Ivy Paige has blazed one of the more eye-catching trails on the fringe of the performing arts. Her acclaimed stage-show ‘Scandalous!’ mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling, songs, and a little striptease in the unmistakable tradition of burlesque.


Claire Cunningham uses her upper-body strength for her performance.

Getting skills for performance

Performer Claire Cunningham describes how using crutches gave her the physical abilities to create a career in dance.


Some of Charlie's works include award-winning sketch group 'Lady Garden'.

A comedy producer’s career

Charlie Hanson is an award-winning comedy producer whose work includes Birds of a Feather, Desmonds, The Harry Hill Show and Extras. He spoke about following a career in production.


Matt Selby is a casting director with Belinda Norcliffe Casting, one of London’s busiest casting agencies

How to prepare for auditions

Matt Selby is a casting director with Belinda Norcliffe Casting. He has advice on how to prepare for commercial auditions, with five quick tips to take away.


A newly visible, richer, skilled workforce.

Beyond Participation

Open Theatre is based in Coventry and works right across the West Midlands region as well as nationally and internationally. It has been developing work with young people with learning disabilities through non-verbal physical theatre for over 30 years. Partnership Manager for the Midlands, Ruth Richardson, spoke to company director Richard Hayhow, to find out more about their work and how they employ young creatives.


Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles to provide extra income. Image: Diego Andres Spano, clown.

7 tips for performance careers

Working in performance does not always provide a constant income. Most artists balance a variety of part-time roles and should always consider sources of future income.


Shazia Mirza took several years to support herself through comedy.

Shazia Mirza, stand-up comic

Comedian Shazia Mirza offers advice for aspiring performers.


Tai couldn't find a group of actors to perform improvisations, so he started one.

How to start a theatre group

Tai Ling is the acting Artistic Director for the Improsarios, a theatre group who specialise in creating improvised plays. He spoke about starting up a theatrical enterprise.


Lucy maintains her fitness by working on ropes and silks.

Performing as a circus acrobat

Lucy Francis performs exciting circus aerial and acrobatic acts around the world. She is also Director of AirCraft Circus Academy, based at the Thames-Side Studios in London.


After learning the record aged 7, Arun soon discovered the clarinet. Photo: William Ellis

Earning a living from jazz

After discovering the recorder at school, Arun Ghosh became a jazz clarinettist, theatre composer, and music teacher. He spoke about his career, and the challenge of earning a living from several jobs.


Riz Ahmed, musician and actor

Riz Ahmed has built a creative career as an actor, rapper and writer. With leading roles in The Road to Guantanamo and Four Lions, and the musical alter-ego 'Riz MC', he spoke about pursuing multiple creative interests.


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