Sean Smith / The Guardian

“Early on in mime school, I hit a brick wall. It’s about 6ft high and the width of my outstretched arms, but you can still see my shiny, plum-faced embarrassment through it.”

As part of London international mime festival, I was sent to mime school with renowned mime artist Nola Rae, testing just how much embarrassment I was willing to brave to keep my job. I ended up loving it.

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Joseph Lynn

For The Stage’s Big Interview, I chatted to Prema Mehta about her candlelit design for Swive [Elizabeth], in which lighting is a key storytelling tool. Mehta spoke beautifully about designing for the wood-panelled Wanamaker, the wonder and strangeness of working with candles, and the work that still needs to be done to make the backstage industry more diverse and inclusive.

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Ioana’s design for The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel

For The Stage, I spoke to designer Ioana Curelea, winner of the Naomi Wilkinson prize launched by Told By A Idiot. It was particularly interesting to hear about her views on theatre in Romania, and the support – or lack thereof – for young people in theatre.

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