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Theatre blogs and online resources #1

I’m compiling lists of theatre, film and performance blogs and websites that will inform and inspire. You may not read blogs regularly, but keeping up-to-date with a few key newswires will help make you a boon to future employers. It will also feed your research assignments, and impress down the pub.

The Stage – arguably the number one resource for UK performing arts professionals, The Stage is ‘a must read for those with an involvement or interest in the rich performing arts industry in Great Britain and beyond’

Use it for: jobs, listings, news, opinion and industry advice. Established in 1880, The Stage also has an online archive that is invaluable to performing arts researchers.

The BFI – amazing UK charity awarding Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education and research. The BFI National Archive and Reuben Library are a first port of call for research on film and television history.

Use it for: searching the BFI archives; features in Sight & Sound, the BFI’s international film magazine; finding out what’s on at BFI London venues and related events across the UK.

National Theatre on YouTube – the latest trailers, interviews with National Theatre directors, actors and playwrights

Use it for: a behind-the-scenes look at one of the UK’s foremost venues and insights about the National Theatre’s past and future shows.

Digital Theatre – ‘the world’s biggest on demand platform specialising in delivering arts content’

Use it for: watching international theatre, classical music, dance and opera performances online.

Theatre Voice – ‘the web’s leading audio resource for British theatre’ managed by the Department of Theatre & Performance at the V&A

Use it for: AV and podcast reviews, interviews and panel discussions with top theatre journalists, critics and leading industry professionals.

Guardian Stage – online portal for news about UK theatre and stage performances, incorporating the popular Guardian Theatre Blog

Use it for: keeping up-to-date with UK theatre programming, reviews, interviews and news.

Postcards from the Gods – regularly updated personal blog of The Stage journalist and critic Andrew Haydon, informed reviews of productions in the UK and Europe

Use it for: discovering innovative theatre.

RSC Whispers from the Wings – an online diary of RSC productions written by cast and crew, explaining what’s going on through the rehearsal process

Use it for: gaining insight into the working process and practices of one of the UK’s most prestigious theatre companies.

Synonyms for Churlish – a theatre blog with a strong voice by London-based writer and theatre professional Megan Vaughan

Use it for: inspiring, offbeat writing and reviews of performances, books and art.

Catherine Love – blog of arts journalist, critic and editor Catherine Love who writes for The Guardian, IdeasTap, Time Out and The Stage, among others

Use it for: reviews, features, interviews and opinion on cutting edge UK theatre.

How to Write About Theatre – blog containing excerpts from How to Write About Theatre: a manual for students and bloggers by top critic Mark Fisher (Guardian, The Scotsman, The List)

Use it for: developing your writing and analytical skills… particularly useful when it comes to writing your contextual studies essays.

Exuent – podcasts, essays, criticism and reviews of performance and theatre in the UK and NYC

Use it for: exploring new theatre and performance, freebie-free criticism and debate.

IdeasTap – IdeasTap was a charity established to help young people entering the creative industries with funding, training, networking and jobs

Use it for: although IdeasTap folded earlier this year (2015), their editorial archive is still online with over 4000 vibrant articles offering advice and wisdom to arts students and graduates.

Mubi – an online subscription film channel specialising in classic, avant garde, international and arthouse films

Use it for: hours of viewing pleasure watching the most influential and ground-breaking movies from the birth of cinema to our time.

Clothes on Film – this acclaimed blog from Christopher Laverty examines costume and identity in movies, book due out early 2016

Use it for: detailed articles on costume, reviews, news and exclusive interviews.

RSA Shorts – animation series providing “a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA Public Events Programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world.”

Use it for: introductions to inspiring thinkers and big ideas accessibly told.

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