Steve Orme

Midlands editor

E-mail: steve@britishtheatreguide.info

Finding life on a small daily newspaper increasingly dull, Steve Orme quit his job as a cub reporter and went to work in London for the fledgling record company Magnet. But instead of enhancing the career of a band he'd signed to the label, he found himself promoting Alvin Stardust's debut single My Coo Ca Choo to the unsuspecting British public. He left London before the record reached number one in the charts and dabbled in promoting live entertainment and sports journalism.

The lure of the capital returned and Steve became chief sub-editor for Record Mirrorat a time when punk rock and new wave were pogoing their way into the nation's psyche.

Again it was only a temporary foray. Steve, who didn't succumb to the temptation to have safety pins inserted into his skin or clothes, went back to the East Midlands to pursue a journalism career which eventually led to a freelance role, writing for radio and television as well as newspapers.

23 years ago Steve's life changed when he met Sue. They were soon married and found they shared the same passion - theatre.

Steve's research for a television documentary about the Shakespeare authorship controversy fuelled a passionate interest in the Bard. He produced and directed a condensed version of Macbeth on video which is being sold in schools and is looking at filming other plays for his series called Shakespeare for the Modern Age.

He also scripted, produced and directed a documentary celebrating 100 years of the Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company.

He also works part-time lecturing broadcast journalism students at Nottingham Trent University.

Steve has been covering the East Midlands for the British Theatre Guide since November 2002.

Steve's website: www.steveorme.co.uk.

Latest reviews

Trevor Fox (Amédée) and Josie Lawrence (Madeleine),

Amédée (Or How To Get Rid Of It)

Eugene Ionesco freely adapted by Sean Foley (Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company at The Studio, Birmingham REP).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Vicky McClure (Sandra) and Aisling Loftus (Joan), Robert Day

Touched

Stephen Lowe (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Christian Edwards as Cyrano, Nobby Clark

Cyrano

Edmond Rostand, adapted by Deborah McAndrew (Northern Broadsides at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Cinderella (Cara Dudgeon), Dandini (Lloyd Warbey) and Prince Charming (Aston Dobson), Robert Day

Cinderella

Keith and Ben Simmons (Paul Holman Associates and Derby LIVE at Derby Arena).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

The Chuckle Brothers as Barry and Paul Trot, Shawn Ryan

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh (Qdos Entertainment at Theatre Royal, Nottingham).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Abby Wain (Alice), Robert Day

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, adapted by Mike Kenny (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Polly Lister as the Snow Queen, Andrew Billington

The Snow Queen

Hans Christian Andersen, adapted by Theresa Heskins (New Vic Theatre Company at New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Ian McDiarmid (Enoch Powell) and George Costigan (Clem Jones), Ellie Kurttz

What Shadows

Chris Hannan (Birmingham Repertory Theatre at The Studio, Birmingham REP).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Alexander Campbell (Vindice) and Declan Perring (Lussurioso), Robert Day

The Revenger's Tragedy

Thomas Middleton (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

The cast of Million Dollar Quartet,

Million Dollar Quartet

Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, conceived by Floyd Mutrux (Simon Friend and Mark Goucher with Tom O'Connell, Laurence Myers and Gavin Kalin Productions at Birmingham Hippodrome).
Reviewer: Steve Orme