As we should have been in Orkney for the Scottish final of the One Act play festival this weekend, I have chosen a picture for this blog from a workshop I delivered there in 2017.   See you next year Orkney!

I hope that you are managing to enjoy the sunshine whether it is on your daily walks or spending time outside if you have access to a garden.  

Our first ‘cuppa and a chat’ ran on zoom last week with 5 of us chewing the fat.  It was great fun so the 2nd one is already scheduled for this Sunday, 26 April, at 11 am.  If you want to come along please drop me an email on and I’ll send you the link.  I will try to pick a selection of days and times to be accessible for anyone who may be working shifts or juggling child care and homeschooling.

I got in touch with Dave Bennet from SASDA this week (you may remember that he recently delivered the Reserve Adjudicator training for us) and we have agreed to trial a further session online.  It will only run if we have sufficient numbers so you need to get in touch with me to express an interest for us to take it forward.

Continuing the theme of training for SCDA members, I am going to deliver one of my workshops ‘Say What you Mean and mean What you Say’ online to see how it works digitally.  The session will focus on monologues.

You will find more details in the e-news due to come out next week but in the meantime you can drop me an email to express your interest from today.

I’ve been continuing to check out the every growing array of online activity on your behalf this week and here are my recommendations.

In case you haven’t heard National Theatre are extending their programme, you can find more details here With the casting of Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead roles of Frankenstein –  you can even watch both versions to compare their performances over a two week period.  I saw them both through NT Live and would be interested to hear which version you prefer.

Before I leave the subject of National Theatre, you will see that there are lots of additional resources from behind the scenes that are well worth a look on their YouTube channel.  I watched an interesting interview with Sam Mendes talking about his rehearsal process here is the link.   I particularly enjoyed his description of trying to ‘make the strange familiar and the familiar strange’.  Perhaps this resonated with me taking into account the situation in which we find ourselves at the moment.

Have you heard of the Chichester Theatre?  No?  In recent years many West End productions such as Guys & Dolls, Private Lives and Gypsy started out there before successfully transferring to the West End.  I have heard really good things about a play that they are streaming called Flowers for Mrs Harris.  Apparently you should settle down for a good piece of theatre and make sure you bring some tissues. (available until 30 May)

Staying on top of what is available can be tricky – here is a useful  link to a website providing up to date information about free performances.  It’s nice to see what’s on from other venues apart from the National Theatre.

Did you know… that you can read up to 4 articles a month on The Stage website without taking out a subscription?  You can find the website here but if  4 doesn’t satisfy your appetite for theatre news it isn’t too costly to subscribe. 

Looking for some new skills?  As well as the Open University that I talked about last week, why not try Class Central who have a good selection of free online short courses.  Although many of them are related to film, there are some for theatre makers,  particularly if you have an interest in Shakespeare but wouldn’t put yourself in the ‘expert’ category. 

Looking for something more physical, why not learn how to juggle.  I’m sure that there are many different online tutorials out there but I picked this one  I found the tutor clear and it is the first of a number of classes from the same person in case you want to learn impressive tricks once you have the basics.  Just between ourselves I have tried and failed on many occasions, maybe I should give it another go.

Lastly, if you haven’t signed up for the Sardines newsletter, Lockdown, you will have missed our feature which appeared this week.  It’s a really good selection of news and opportunities which I highly recommend.  Here you can find their Facebook page with a link to this week’s edition.

Hope you have a good week.

Stay Safe, Stay Connected and Be Creative



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