Tag: writing

  • Emmy Award Winners 2023

    Emmy Award Winners 2023

    ‘Succession’ and ‘The Bear’ lead at the awards with six wins each, with ‘Beef’ and ‘The White Lotus’ among other winners. The winners of the 75th Emmy Awards have now been announced at a ceremony at the Peacock Theatre in Los Angeles. The awards, which were postponed to January 2024 due to the SAG-AFTRA Actors’…

  • What the End of the Hollywood Writers’ Strike Means for the Industry

    What the End of the Hollywood Writers’ Strike Means for the Industry

    The Writers Guild of America said its members will be returning to work after three year contract agreed Published: 29th September 2023 The writers’ strike officially ended in the United States on Wednesday 27 September 2023 following a deal made between the writers’ union and producers.  The Writers Guild of America (WGA) have been in…

  • How to Write a Play

    How to Write a Play

    Writer and founder of ‘Write Like a Grrrl’ Kerry Ryan shares the essentials for writing a play and taking care of yourself during the process. Have you ever wanted to write a play but felt too scared to begin? When I first started out, fear and self-doubt held me back. My inner critic was relentless. I would…

  • What the US Writers’ Strike Could Mean for Performers in the UK

    What the US Writers’ Strike Could Mean for Performers in the UK

    Why the Writers’ Guild of America is striking and how the writers’ strike could affect actors and the entertainment industry in the UK Published on 22 May 2023. Since 2 May 2023, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) – a labour union representing 11,500 writers across its East and West Coast branches – has been on strike.…

  • Top Tips on How to Write Your Own Show

    Top Tips on How to Write Your Own Show

    Mark Thomas, Simon Longman, Vinay Patel, Luke Barnes and Georgia Christou share their top tips for writing your own work When opportunities don’t come your way, you need to go out and create your own. For actors, this can mean writing your own show to perform in. As screenwriter and playwright, Vinay Patel (Murdered by…

  • Meet the Maker: Writer, Director and Producer Vanessa Alexander

    Meet the Maker: Writer, Director and Producer Vanessa Alexander

    Vanessa Alexander talks to us about her career journey to becoming a director, producer and award-winning writer. Vanessa Alexander defies categorisation. An award-winning writer, director, and producer, Alexander has worked on projects as wide-ranging as Power Rangers, Love Child, The Great, and Vikings: Valhalla. Her citizenship status follows suit. Born in New York to a New Zealand father and…

  • Disability and Accessibility in Theatre with Robert Softley Gale

    Disability and Accessibility in Theatre with Robert Softley Gale

    We speak to theatre-maker and performer Robert Softley Gale about accessibility in the Arts and making theatre in Scotland. In this episode of The Spotlight Podcast, we talk to Robert Softley Gale. Robert has worked in the Arts for over 20 years and sits on the board of the National Theatre of Scotland. Robert is…

  • Looking After Yourself When Writing

    Looking After Yourself When Writing

    Award-nominated writer and theatre-maker, Alexandra Donnachie, shares her top tips for looking after yourself and those around you during the writing process, from page to stage. Our industry has made huge progress in safeguarding artists and audiences, but as a writer-performer, I’ve found there can be a significant lack of consideration for my wellbeing when…

  • How Embracing Creative Avenues Other Than Acting Can Help You Be a Better Performer

    How Embracing Creative Avenues Other Than Acting Can Help You Be a Better Performer

    Everywhere you look, you see actors making their own incredible work. I now find the idea that I wouldn’t make my own work strange, but I haven’t always felt like that, particularly as I never had any intention of being an actor-writer. Apart from a few pretty emo poems tapped into my phone notes here and…

  • Making UK Theatre Your Home

    Making UK Theatre Your Home

    Canadian-born performer Lindsey Huebner shares advice for any foreign-born actors who want to get into the UK theatre scene. No one is saying that the UK theatre industry is an easy place for anyone to make a decent living, but what if you have the added challenge of being an actor who comes from away?…