James Haddrell speaks on the quality of theatre for young audiences

This week I was invited to teach a couple of day-long sessions for the drama department at the University of Greenwich. This is something I love doing – I’ve run sessions for Greenwich before, and earlier this year I was back in a live rehearsal  room long before most directors when I worked with a company of graduating actors to put on a show at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.

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James Haddrell takes a look at gender choice in theatre roles

For a long time I have been interested in the significance of the gender choices that playwrights make in theatre, and the way in which directors and performers then tackle those roles choosing to match the written gender with the performer cast on stage, to change character gender definitions and see what impact that has, or to cast gender blind and allow any performer to take on the role.

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