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Matthew Shaw – Singing Teacher

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Matthew Shaw @MatthewshawShaw, the best London-based singing teacher I know! He is Head of BA Hons Theatre Dance: Music Theatre Professional Option at London Studio Centre and he also has his own studio at Dance Attic in Fulham. Call on 07734924974 or email: matthewshaw@me.com

He has been a singing teacher for over 15 years, is a professional Musical Director for musicals & shows, and he is Estill Voice craft based working in all styles – Belt, Sob, Twang, Speech and Opera.  He plays piano at grade 8 dip. and is suitable for both beginners and professionals (including the famous like Jessie J!).

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The Golden Rules of Acting: Andy Nyman

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Great actor, writer, director and good friend of mine, Andy Nyman has written this excellent book that I recommend to students and pro alike.  Check out Andy’s own website and please follow this link to purchase a copy.  Follow him on Twitter @andynyman

About the book:

A treasure trove of advice, support and encouragement that no performer should be without. Honest, witty and direct, The Golden Rules of Acting is every actor’s best friend – in handy paperback form.

‘When auditioning, rehearsing or in a performance, take a risk – the worst that can happen is that you get embarrassed. You won’t die.’

Easy to dip into, fully illustrated throughout, and designed to be both instructive and empowering, The Golden Rules of Acting won’t tell you how to act – but it will tell you how to be an actor.

‘Always remember, the people auditioning you want you to be brilliant.They want you to solve their casting problem.’

If you’re a working actor, drama-school student, someone who wants to become an actor, or simply someone who has a dream and wants to make it a reality, this book is for you.

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Old Vic New Voices

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The Old Vic Theatre, London, is an important port of call for young talent interested in drama and theatre.  The Old Vic is one of the world’s best known theatres – a brand and a building that carries a history and reputation that continues to nurture and grow under the artistic directorship of Kevin Spacey.

“As important to us as what goes on stage is Old Vic New Voices (OVNV) which nurtures talent, inspires young people and opens up our theatre. We develop the next generation of theatre practitioners, many of whom go on to get major commissions, directing posts, senior management positions and become household names. We also offer access and insights into theatre making for all ages and experiences, and create ambitious, innovative productions.”

Check out the website, follow them on Twitter @oldvicnewvoices and read about all the initiatives and events they organise.  The 24 Hour Plays is a must-see and must-get-involved!

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IdeasTap: The Creative Network


IdeasTap is an arts charity for young, creative people at the start of their careers.

Whether it’s funding, jobs, career development, advice or creative collaborators you need, they can help – whatever your discipline. They work with major arts organisations to bring our members incredible, exclusive opportunities – from commissions to competitions, funding to training.  They have a great website for all those interested in the Arts – details of events, workshops, interviews, offers, and a really useful page for young actors where you can:

You can also keep an eye out for events, sign up for free headshots and workshops at their career Spa – and connect with their partners, including the National Theatre, the National Youth Theatre, National Student Drama Festival, The Lowry, The Bush, and many more.

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The Excellent Audition Guide


The Excellent Audition Guide by Hurtwood House School’s Director in Residence Andy Johnson is a must-read for anyone thinking of applying to drama schools.  This book, combined with one-to-one tuition, will undoubtedly give you or your child a head start along the path to a life in performance.

“An engaging, upbeat guide for any student thinking of applying to drama school. In The Excellent Audition Guide, experienced actor, director and drama teacher Andy Johnson leads you through every step of the application process: researching schools, writing personals statements and CVs, audition fees and travel, choosing and working on your pieces, brushing up technical and vocal skills, learning about Shakespearean verse, and finally the auditions themselves.

A reassuring, encouraging ‘how to’ book that demystifies an often scary-looking process, The Excellent Audition Guide is ideal not just for the students themselves, but also for parents, teachers and careers advisors looking to help them fulfill their acting ambitions.”

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Hurtwood House School

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“Hurtwood has the largest and most professional theatre department of any school in the country, and has taken drama to a standard previously thought unachievable at this level.

For a remarkable sixth-form education  please visit the Hurtwood House website or download this brochure to discover more about the school, its ethos, results and excellence in performing arts.

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Shakespeare on Toast


Who’s afraid of William Shakespeare? Just about everyone. He wrote too much and what he wrote is inaccessible and elitist. Right?

Wrong. Shakespeare on Toast knocks the stuffing from the staid old myth of Shakespeare, revealing the man and his plays for what they really are: modern, thrilling, uplifting drama.

Ben Crystal’s book for all ages “Shakespeare on Toast” will change your literary life!  Check out his website too for events and details of where to buy the book.

A brilliantly enjoyable, light hearted look at Shakespeare which dispels the myths and makes him accessible to all. I love it“, Dame Judi Dench.

The colourful words and vibrant world of the world’s greatest hack writer are brought brilliantly to life by actor Ben Crystal. Sweeping cobwebs from the Bard – his language, his life, his world – Crystal reveals man and work as relevant, accessible, alive. This is a book for everyone, whether you’re studying Shakespeare for the first time or you’ve never set foot near one of his plays, but have always wanted to. It smashes down the walls that have been built up around him, that have turned Shakespeare into an untouchable literary figure. Shakespeare, Crystal reminds us, invented popular culture.

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