How To Disappear Completely And Never Be Found

Gap I production – October 2016   by Fin Kennedy Directed by Amanda Crewes What makes you who you are, Charlie? A name? An address? A random collection of experiences, a few memories? You are who you can prove you are. You are what people think. And that’s the easiest thing in the world to change. When a young executive reaches breaking point and decides to disappear, he pays a visit to a master of the craft in a seafront fortune teller’s in Southend. With echoes of Camus and Kafka, How To Disappear… follows one man’s desperate attempts to buck the system, and asks what really makes us who we are in the 21st century. “The sort of thrilling new work that completely restores your faith in theatre” Sheffield Star...

Macbeth

Gap II production – September 2016   by William Shakespeare Directed by Amanda Crewes All hail the King-Pin! The Scottish play is reimagined in the hot-bloodied, back-stabbing halls of Scotland Senior High School. This classic tale of murder and ambition lends itself to a fast-paced action-movie style, and director Amanda Crewes is seizing this opportunity to use the violence and action to serve as a counter-point to reveal a more vulnerable and human side of the titular character and his Lady M. “Delving into such controversial subjects as substance abuse, teenage sexuality, personality disorders, and mental illness Macbeth exposes audiences to the level of risk these kids live with on a daily basis and its disastrous effects. “This Macbeth has an Underbelly quality, presenting a life that we don’t normally see and that most people would like to pretend does not exist. ‘Drugs, gangs and weapons can be quite seductive to a young impressionable mind. This version of Macbeth introduces audiences to a world where the stakes are so high for these students, that antisocial choices and behaviours are the only way that they will get to experience what they believe is the essence of ‘normal’.’...

Fractured

Gap II production – April 2016 Directed by Hermione Gehle What Disney Didn’t Tell You “Fractured” is an original devised performance piece that explores the concept of ‘happy ever after’ and the reality behind the fantasy. Sometimes life isn’t a fairytale and the big bad wolf wears many guises. How do you find your way when the breadcrumbs are gone and the dark forest of thorns draws ever near? The path you choose is up to you but what price will you pay when things are not what they seem.    ...
Acting is Being Awake

Acting is Being Awake

Click here to watch Hugh Jackman give some Acting Tips Awake, being present and mindfulness – they are all the same thing. And without it our art dies. Never before has our society been so preoccupied with the past or the future or what we might be missing out on. With the increasing popularity of the likes of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter the anxiety associated with the fear of missing out is on the rise. All of this takes us out of the present moment. With our fast paced living we are becoming less and less present in the moment. “We often cannot hear our own inner voice, the voice of our artist’s inspiration, above the static.” Julian Cameron – The Artist’s Way   Without these distractions, we are once again thrust into the sensory world. The present moment is one of the greatest tools for an actor.   Actor training has become more about training the mind of the actor to remain present and the discipline associated with being mindful to the moment. If an actor cannot demonstrate this kind of discipline over his/her mind then their art is lost. It is in the moment in which the spontaneity of the scene lives.   One of the first lessons my first acting teacher taught me was there are 3 types of actors: 1. The first swims on the surface with mask and snorkel observing the fish below. 2. The second dons scuba gear and bravely swims amongst the fish. 3. But the third type of actor swims down and breathes with the fish.   I love this analogy! It...

The Cost of Investing in Your Dreams

A New Study Exposes ‘Class Ceiling’ That Deters Less Privileged Actors – see link below Dreams do take a certain amount of investment. But is it our financial situation that really stops us or is it that we are afraid to invest in ourselves? How often do we use our financial situation as an excuse not to invest the goal? Can we see the value in investing in our goals (and therefore ourselves) and stop at nothing to move towards the goal? After all if we are not ready to invest in ourselves why should anyone else – why should a director, or producer, or production company for that matter. When it comes to investing in ourselves it should never be a matter of invest or do not invest. We should approach our goals with a “do-whatever-it-takes” attitude and look for that third option and ask instead “how can I make this happen?” Often all it takes is the decision to invest for the money to magically appear. Stand behind your talent and do whatever it takes. Click on the link below to find out more:...