Dancing With The Devil

Gap II production – April 2017 a  Gap II self-devised piece Directed by Hermione Gehle You can’t shake the devil’s hand and say you’re only kidding. Dancing with the Devil is a story that needs to be told…courageously. This gritty, explosive and honest production explores the gut-wrenching reality that our young adults face everyday, a story that is often swept under the carpet at the cost of many young lives. Who is the real victim here?      ...

The Brick & The Rose

Gap II production – November 2016   by Lewis John Carlino Directed by Adam Mitchell A kaleidoscopic drama of a young boy of the slums, from the moment of his birth in a charity hospital, until his tragic death. In an effort to find something besides “hardness and hitting out, and twisted people all afraid”, Tommy turns to narcotics, and thus creates his own world: one in which he is not constantly gnawed by an acute awareness of the meaninglessness of what is going on around him. He meets Alice, in whom he sees his life-long search for beauty: the rose behind the hard brick city. He knows that he has only touched this beauty for an instant, and he sees it moving farther away from him....

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:...
DOING IT ALONE IS EXPENSIVE

DOING IT ALONE IS EXPENSIVE

Reach Out for Help and Invest in Your Training I have interviewed a number of aspiring actors and the common thread I have identified is the fear to invest 100% in the goal. Afraid they won’t make it, so they divide their focus between the goal and a back-up plan. If your goal was to be a doctor, you would focus 100% of your attention on becoming a doctor. Right? But, with actors, fear gets in the way. Perhaps because they have been told too often it is a difficult career to get into. Or, perhaps because they have not clearly defined the specific goal. The reason why is not important. In working with these aspiring actors, I have learnt: those that have backup plans need backup plans; and those who do not, do not need them because they achieve the goal. Their focus is 100% on the goal. Those who have no choice but to succeed as they have nothing else approach the work with a different mind frame – a more determined one. They are far more determined to identify the problem and find their own solutions to it.   In order to achieve the dream you must not be afraid to invest in it and yourself. If you want to ensure you get there and want to get there quickly, then, like an athlete, you need to invest in training. And those who give over 100% to the training are the ones that really achieve. After all, what is the point of investing in the training if you are not going to take on board the...
Discover What Excites You

Discover What Excites You

In order to start making big, bold choices you need to first determine what excites and amazes you about the character. Ask yourself, what is the story that resonates with you about this character? What makes you the best person to tell the story because you understand it better than any one else? Make the most of what you have seen or experienced. What is the story you want to tell? Drawing attention to something that amazes, excites or stimulates you is often enough. If it fascinates you, it is likely to fascinate others. In his book “The Art of Creative Thinking”, Rod Judkins believes, “Creativity can be as simple as pointing out something incredible that everyone else hasn’t noticed.” Do your homework. Note down anything that excites you, no matter how small. If it left an impression on you, it will leave an impression on...
Lets Get Clear On The Dream

Lets Get Clear On The Dream

People need to be repeatedly reminded of their goals and reinforced in their efforts in order to progress. a) Choose the Dream / Goal You need to determine your focus so you can clearly see when you are off track, when an opportunity is right for you to pursue, and so you have clarity with regards to the people you want to bring on board to help you achieve your dream. The dream is the reason why you are doing it. It motivates you to keep moving forward. So before anything else you must get specific, very specific, about the dream. Most people, when you ask them to get specific about what they really want, feel uncomfortable discussing their goals/dreams or writing them down and in some cases feel that their dreams are stupid. You need to get comfortable and very specific. Your goal will guide you in making the right choices. It will keep you on track. It will motivate you when the work gets tough. b) Have a clear vision of what it looks like Write it up, or create a visual image of it by drawing it or even collaging it (where you cut out images from magazines that represent what you really want). c) Refer to it regularly Refer to it on a regular basis. As your relationship with your goal/dream develops, so does your determination to achieve it. As you begin to acknowledge how important it is to you, you begin to adopt that “do whatever it takes attitude”. The more you see the dream, the more achievable it seems. The dream keeps you...