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

Sheila Wendice (Anna Mitcham) and Max Halliday (Chris Sheridan),

Dial M For Murder

Frederick Knott (Tabs Productions and Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Grace Carter (Miranda) and Stephen Beckett (Prospero),

The Tempest

William Shakespeare (Stafford Festival Shakespeare at Stafford Castle).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Kammy Darweish (George Khan), Deven Modha (Maneer), Raj Bajaj (Saleem), Sabrina Sandhu (Meenah) and Omar Malik (Tariq), Pamela Raith

East Is East

Ayub Khan Din (Nottingham Playhouse and Northern Stage at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Back: David Gilbrook (Jack) and Sarah Wynne Kordas (Ruth). Front: David Martin (Nick), Emma Vickery (Jane), Susan Earnshaw (Clare) and John Goodrum (George),

Two and Two Make Sex

Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon (Tabs Productions at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Nicole Bartlett as Sheila, Daniel Easton as Max and William Ellis as Tony, Mark Douet

Dial M For Murder

Frederick Knott (New Vic Theatre at New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Annabelle Terry as Isabella Thorpe and Eva Feiler as Catherine Morland,

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen, adapted by Tim Luscombe (Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Kemi-Bo Jacobs (Emma) and Philip Correia (Jerry), Robert Day

Betrayal

Harold Pinter (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

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