Sharan Clair

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Leaving home: youth theatre must move away from mum-and-dad audiences

Testing themselves away from the unconditional support of home-town audiences is vital to help young performers really gain confidence<p>The home-town audience for work made by young people can be incredibly generous, ready to ignore flaws and support every youthful indulgence with laughter and …

Be your own best friend; seven simple ways of turning self-criticism into self-acceptance and love

<b>Anxiety therapist Chloe Brotheridge helps women to become calmer, happier and more confident. Find out more at calmer-you.com.</b><p>I'm sure every human …

Asian Suffragettes – Women Who Made a Difference.

<b>by</b><p><i>Women’s Coronation Procession, 17 June 1911, courtesy of the Museum of London</i> <br>The vital role that Asian women played in the feminist movement in …

Ten years after my play Behzti sparked Sikh riots, I'm back

The last time I was at the Birmingham Rep, I was advised by West Midlands police to leave the building. Protests against my play Behzti (Dishonour) were becoming increasingly heated and I was told I was in danger. I arrived home in London, and hours later a police officer called to inform me of a …

#ISpeakUp: There's No Shame In Getting Help

When I signed up to share my struggles with anxiety on the internet, I had to choose how much information I was willing to share about myself and my …

How I got my children to be more creative

After he was made redundant three years ago, Nick Corston was casting round for something to do. He was keen to spend time with his children before jumping into work again and with that in mind, he thought about how inspired he had been by Sir Ken Robinson, the pioneering educationalist.<p>Nick had …

Stand with Lenny Henry, not just against Ukip's bigots

It's becoming a national sport: yet another racist Ukip crank publicly vomits out their prejudice and we all parade our disapproval. Twitter hashtags are devised; internet memes are created; the offender is spammed with outraged messages. It's difficult not to be reassured by the backlash – despite …

We have to recognise the huge value of arts and culture to society

Last week I witnessed the unveiling of an extraordinary sculpture at Heathrow's new Terminal 2. Slipstream is inspired by the aerodynamic path of a stunt plane and it's an apparently fluid, 78-metre, 77-ton "whale" of riveted aluminium that's emerged from the imagination of its creator, Richard …

Theatre of dreams: onstage with the Big House players

It's late February and inside Stratford Magistrates' Court, theatre director Maggie Norris is watching and listening as a case unfolds. A teenager is being tried and faces a possible custodial sentence. The hearing is proceeding smoothly until the accused suddenly erupts. Alvaro starts to take …

Big House Theatre Company - in pictures

Meet the Big House Theatre Company - young adults with remarkable life stories who take to the stage to tell their unique, compelling and sometimes troubling stories

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The voter registration drive will build on their efforts in March when they held massive rallies across the country<p>However, president has no …

Only by turning the tables on sexual aggression can we see how bad it is

A few weeks ago I was out with my housemate in Brixton, south London, when I saw a chair I liked outside an antique shop. The fabric reminded me of something my granny had in her old house. "What a lovely chair," I said to the shop's proprietor. "Thanks," he replied, "have you two ever made out …

'Get your arse out, mate': we turn the tables on everyday sexism – video

Many women describe sexism as a part of 'normal' life. Here Leah Green goes undercover in London to see how unsuspecting men react to sexist situations often experienced by women – but this time perpetrated by a female. All scenes are based on real encounters reported by women to @EverydaySexism

'All men beat their wives, one day you will do the same'

"Girls are so foolish and silly, they have to be beaten so they can get some good ideas in their brains. My father and older brothers all say this. Now I have find out if my father is right or wrong," says eight year-old Sujan Singh, in Rampur village, Uttar Pradesh during a Jagriti Youth training …

'Enough is enough': the fight against everyday sexism

Everyone has a tipping point. The funny thing is that when mine came, in March 2012, it wasn't something dramatic. It was just another week of little pinpricks: the man who appeared as I sat outside a cafe, seized my hand and refused to let go; the guy who followed me off the bus and propositioned …

Britain is going backwards on violence against women

When Margaret Thatcher's government took on the miners 30 years ago, she confronted an enemy that was organised: they had collective strength and a voice. The sides were not equal, but the miners' strike could nonetheless be described as a "war" of sorts. Many of the targets of this government, on …

We need more Asian American kids growing up to be artists, not doctors

Americans often measure success by the three M’s: money, Motorola, and Mercedes. Most Chinese immigrant parents, on the other hand, define success as getting straight A’s, graduating from an elite university, pursuing an advanced degree and becoming a doctor, lawyer, pharmacist or engineer.<p>Could …

I'm in love with the spirit of the Ban Bossy campaign | Victoria Coren Mitchell

I used to be pushy; now I'm more 'feminine' and bat my eyelashes. Frankly, it's loathsome<p>Women all over the internet are picking holes in the Ban Bossy campaign. Launched by Sheryl Sandberg, Condoleezza Rice and Beyoncé, it seeks to ban the word "bossy" on the grounds that it discourages little …

Thousands protest in support of breastfeeding 'tramp'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/west_midlands/1061000/1061016_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524684952_5e20810684d4bce2cca3e1837194b568<p><b>Thousands of people have attended breastfeeding protests in support of a Staffordshire mother who was labelled a "tramp" for feeding her</b> …

Mother labelled 'tramp' for breastfeeding in public

<b>A mother from Staffordshire has launched a breastfeeding protest after being called a "tramp" on Facebook for feeding her baby in public.</b><p>Emily Slough started her campaign after finding a photograph of herself feeding her daughter had been posted online.<p>Her campaign has now attracted 8,000 "likes" …

Olivier awards nominations see female directors outnumber men for first time

For the first 15 years of the Olivier theatre awards, between 1976 and 1991, only two women were ever nominated in the best director category, so it was something of a moment when the 2014 shortlist was announced and women outnumbered men for the first time.<p>Maria Friedman for Merrily We Roll Along, …

A scream of solidarity to my fellow women everywhere

Is mise Cara Park.<p>I am used to speaking publicly but I am a little nervous about this speech as it is so important to me.<p>I have always wanted to do this and I am not sure if I will get the opportunity again so if you could humour me, I want to let out a scream.<p>A scream of frustration.<p>A scream of …

Another year, another death of a gang rape victim in India

On New Year's Eve, just as many of us were looking forward to toasting the end of the year with wine, family and friends, a 16-year-old girl died in Kolkata, India after reporting two brutal gang rapes. It first appeared that she had taken her own life given the sustained threats and abuse she had …

Remembering Nirbhaya: Rape Is Every Country's Shame

It is the stuff of nightmares. Exactly one year ago today, a 23-year-old student boarded a bus in South Delhi with her friend, intending to travel …

Sexual Harassment

Nirbhaya was responsible for her rape, says NCP woman leader Asha Mirje

Maharashtra State Womens Commission member Asha Mirje has said that women and the clothes they wear invite rape.

Choosing Comfort Over Truth: What It Means to Defend Woody Allen

I’ve never watched a Woody Allen movie. My parents refused to rent them after he began a “relationship” with Soon-Yi Previn and their explanation …

The Fearless Ones

Can Art Change the World?<p>Working With a Renowned Director, Two Alums Take on Sexual Violence in India<p>by <b>Brian Ullmann ’92</b> | illustration by <b>Margaret</b> …