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

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

Caroline Loncq and Sean Chapman as Kate and Joe Keller, Robert Day

All My Sons

Arthur Miller (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Geoffrey Breton (Pip) and Robert Beck (Magwitch), Robert Day

Great Expectations

Charles Dickens, adapted by Neil Bartlett (Derby Theatre at Derby Theatre).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Terri Dwyer (Mrs Zant) and Mark Homer (Stephen Rayburn),

The Ghost's Touch!

John Goodrum, based on the story by Wilkie Collins (Rumpus Theatre Company at Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

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