Like many people, I found the late October and early November incredibly tough. The nights setting in, combined with the extended period of almost complete isolation and the generally hopeless state of affairs in my industry (theatre and the arts), left me feeling pretty low about everything.

So, I made…

I am an extrovert. Not a massive-personality, life-and-soul-of-the-party extrovert. I’m also not the effortlessly gregarious, chatty extrovert. I’m an extrovert who might choose an evening at home with a book over a night out at a party.

Now, you might well be asking at this point — are you sure…

In theatre, we’re pretty obsessed with the word “opportunity”. When job adverts are published, they tend to be accompanied by the words “opportunity for director/producer/actor/designer/insert job title here”. The chance of being given a job is usually presented as an opportunity rather than simply a job.

This means that we…

In previous blogs in this series, I’ve advocated a shift towards more short-term rather than long-term thinking. This blog expands on that idea, with approach of keeping lots of irons in the fire.

This won’t necessarily be a popular approach — many will advocate for more single-mindedness and clarity of…

I just looked back at my calendar for the period of my life from leaving school to the end of my first term at university. For me, this falls between Jul 2009 and Dec 2010. My overriding impression was shock at just how much I was cramming into my life!

It’s very easy when you are working in the arts, where jobs are often short term, self-generated and poorly paid, to recognise that amount you have achieved and the skills you have developed.

Every now and then, in particular at a time like this, it is worthwhile looking at your…

Marcus Bazley

Theatre director, dramaturg and coach. Co-Artistic Director of Cyphers Theatre Company.

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