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 Mirror at 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.

Twenty-nine 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 has been taken up by an American educational distributor.

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

The set and cast of Wonderland, Darren Bell

Wonderland

Beth Steel (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Isabel Pollen (Laura) and Jim Sturgeon (Alec),

Brief Encounter

Noel Coward adapted by Emma Rice (Kneehigh Theatre and Birmingham Repertory Theatre at Birmingham REP).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Polly Lister as Mrs Betterton (front) and Anna Kirke as Doll, Andrew Billington

Playhouse Creatures

April De Angelis (New Vic Theatre Company at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Chris Sheridan (Richard Brightwell) and John Goodrum (Joseph Standcot),

The Signalman

John Goodrum, based on a Charles Dickens short story (Rumpus Theatre Company at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

George Telfer (Len), Chris Sheridan (Martin) and Karen Henson (Joan),

Weekend Breaks

John Godber (Tabs Productions at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

The cast of Caught in the Net,

Caught in the Net

Ray Cooney (Rumpus Theatre Company at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Front row: Nisa Cole (Gem), Tom Peters (Long John Silver) and Eleanor Toms (Arrow). Back row: Lauryn Redding (Darby McGraw), Leon Scott (Israel Hands) and Jessica Dyas (Parrot), Andrew Billington

Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson adapted by Theresa Heskins (New Vic Theatre at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

The cast of Peter Pan, Robert Day

Peter Pan

J M Barrie, adapted by Mike Kenny (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Kenneth Alan Taylor (Firs), Sara Stewart (Madame Ranevskaya) and John Elkington (Lopakhin), Robert Day

The Cherry Orchard

Anton Chekhov in a version by Simon Stephens (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Karen Henson as Jenny Gray,

The Red Room

Karen Hanson, based on a ghost story by H G Wells (Rumpus Theatre Company at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme