The Good Companion

BBC Radio Leicester’s Asian Life Festival

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Celebrating five decades of Asian life in Leicester through food, arts and culture, BBC Radio Leicester’s Asian Life Festival explored all aspects of the journey so far that have made Leicester the incredible city it is today. Part of the festival was 'The Good Companion', a skit written by Divya Ghelani, which I had the pleasure of directing.

'King Richard's Cyber Horse' by Sara Bodinar

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This autumn I'll be directing 'King Richard's Cyber Horse', a brand new play by award-winning writer Sara Bodinar. The play was commissioned by Urban Young Actors especially for their end of year show and centres around a virtual reality game in an apocalyptic future. Rehearsals begin in September and the production goes up on 23rd November.
#WAKEUP

#WAKEUP

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At the end of last year, I posted on Facebook after witnessing a young girl being sexually assaulted in Leicester. A friend commented and said why don't I use music to do something about it. Six months later and I'd like to share this...Two stories about real people I've encountered in my life which have had a profound effect on the way I see things. One is the victim of sexual assault and the other of homophobia.
Drama School Auditions

A Modern Guide to Auditioning for Drama School

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When I auditioned for drama school I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Retrospectively, I can identify the choices I made that led to me being accepted, however, I can't quite remember which of those choices were intentional, instinctual, or just good luck. Since then I've spent many years working as an actor, director and coach, and now have experience on both sides of the panel. What I've realised is...

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Auditions

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In April and May I'll be joining the panel at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire during initial and recall auditions. The industry is ever-changing and the craft is always evolving, so during my time on the other side, I hope to get an insight into what drama schools are looking for right now.

'Shooting Truth' by Molly Davies

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Deep in the woods of an abandoned village, the present is haunted by the past as a group of students embark on a film project about a 17th century witch, Freya. The time periods bleed into one another as the shoot unfolds and we learn the truth behind Freya’s troubled past.
CYC

Curve Young Company: ACT

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After a hugely successful taster session, the branches of Curve Young Company have now formed their companies for the coming year. I'll be leading workshops with the advanced CYC Act company and directing the production projects which will be presented at Curve next year.
LCPA

Acting Classes @ LCPA

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I am delighted to announce I'll be running acting classes at the Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA) from September 2017. LCPA has a long list of alumni performing in the West End and in productions nationally and internationally. I'll be working with the performers on acting technique, leading up to their final production next year.
Nikolai Foster

Acting Notes from Curve's Artistic Director Nikolai Foster

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As well as being the artistic director of Leicester's Curve, Nikolai Foster has directed countless acclaimed productions at leading theatres all over the UK. I asked Nikolai whether he'd share a few notes from the rehearsal room and give me an insight into his work. He kindly agreed to answer my questions.
The Good Companion

BBC Radio Leicester’s Asian Life Festival

/
Celebrating five decades of Asian life in Leicester through food, arts and culture, BBC Radio Leicester’s Asian Life Festival explored all aspects of the journey so far that have made Leicester the incredible city it is today. Part of the festival was 'The Good Companion', a skit written by Divya Ghelani, which I had the pleasure of directing.

'King Richard's Cyber Horse' by Sara Bodinar

/
This autumn I'll be directing 'King Richard's Cyber Horse', a brand new play by award-winning writer Sara Bodinar. The play was commissioned by Urban Young Actors especially for their end of year show and centres around a virtual reality game in an apocalyptic future. Rehearsals begin in September and the production goes up on 23rd November.
#WAKEUP

#WAKEUP

/
At the end of last year, I posted on Facebook after witnessing a young girl being sexually assaulted in Leicester. A friend commented and said why don't I use music to do something about it. Six months later and I'd like to share this...Two stories about real people I've encountered in my life which have had a profound effect on the way I see things. One is the victim of sexual assault and the other of homophobia.

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Auditions

/
In April and May I'll be joining the panel at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire during initial and recall auditions. The industry is ever-changing and the craft is always evolving, so during my time on the other side, I hope to get an insight into what drama schools are looking for right now.

'Shooting Truth' by Molly Davies

/
Deep in the woods of an abandoned village, the present is haunted by the past as a group of students embark on a film project about a 17th century witch, Freya. The time periods bleed into one another as the shoot unfolds and we learn the truth behind Freya’s troubled past.
CYC

Curve Young Company: ACT

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After a hugely successful taster session, the branches of Curve Young Company have now formed their companies for the coming year. I'll be leading workshops with the advanced CYC Act company and directing the production projects which will be presented at Curve next year.
LCPA

Acting Classes @ LCPA

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I am delighted to announce I'll be running acting classes at the Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA) from September 2017. LCPA has a long list of alumni performing in the West End and in productions nationally and internationally. I'll be working with the performers on acting technique, leading up to their final production next year.

Curve Young Musical Theatre Company present: Oklahoma!

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"Our 40-strong cast from Curve’s Young Musical Theatre Company take you on a journey of love and heartache, friendship and conflict through this timeless musical! The year is 1906 in the town of Claremore. There are open skies and endless possibilities, in the birth of a new era and a brand new state. Welcome to OKLAHOMA!"
Write Yourself In

Central School of Speech & Drama: Write Yourself In

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Write Yourself is a new project from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama that encourages young people around the UK to get involved with writing for performance. The project offers schools, colleges and youth theatres in London, Leicester, Oldham and Stoke free writing workshops.
Drama School Auditions

A Modern Guide to Auditioning for Drama School

/
When I auditioned for drama school I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Retrospectively, I can identify the choices I made that led to me being accepted, however, I can't quite remember which of those choices were intentional, instinctual, or just good luck. Since then I've spent many years working as an actor, director and coach, and now have experience on both sides of the panel. What I've realised is...
Nikolai Foster

Acting Notes from Curve's Artistic Director Nikolai Foster

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As well as being the artistic director of Leicester's Curve, Nikolai Foster has directed countless acclaimed productions at leading theatres all over the UK. I asked Nikolai whether he'd share a few notes from the rehearsal room and give me an insight into his work. He kindly agreed to answer my questions.
Headshot Guide

Headshot Hunter's Guide to Headshots

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As an actor and agent, I know how essential it is to have a good headshot. When I started my search as a young aspiring actor to get my own headshots done, it was a big financial investment I was anxious to get right. I knew good headshots would be vital to get auditions and, ultimately, paid work.
Troilus and Cressida

Acting Classes in Leicester for 16-21s

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Urban Young actors are opening a brand new class in Leicester for 16-21s. These weekly acting workshops will be led by me and focus on acting technique. Over the year we will work on multiple projects; previously Urban have worked on plays, films, devised theatre, variety performances and many other productions.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Straford-upon-Avon

A Guide to Being an Actor Outside of London

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A Guide to Being an Actor Outside of London by Katie Burchett. One of the biggest questions for anyone outside of the city who wants to act is this: Do I need to be in London? I trained as an actor at the Birmingham School of Acting and moved to London after graduating.
London

Tales of an Actor

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It is the nature of the beast that an actor, over their career, will accrue a solid collection of anecdotes from training, auditions and rehearsals. Over the past week I asked people to send in their tales of struggle, revelation and hilarity and the response was overwhelming.
Birdland

MA Acting at the Birmingham School of Acting

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After interviewing acting coach and director Lise Olson for my article 'What are Drama Schools Looking For?', several people were interested to find out more about the MA course at the Birmingham School of Acting, of which Lise is the course director. For anyone considering...
Anecdote

Free 12-Month Membership to Backstage

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Win a free membership to one of the biggest casting websites in the US now rapidly growing in the UK. All you have to do is share your story. Send in an interesting tale from that rehearsal, audition or drama school class. The best entries will have a valuable lesson behind them.
Free Trial Workshop

Free Trial Workshop (16-21s)

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Urban Young Actors are opening a brand new class on Wednesdays at Quad Studios in Leicester. This class will be for 16-21 year olds and opens in May. I will be leading the weekly sessions that will focus on acting technique and training. To kick things off, we'll be running a free trial workshop to give new members a taster of the work we do at Urban.
The Good Companion

BBC Radio Leicester’s Asian Life Festival

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Celebrating five decades of Asian life in Leicester through food, arts and culture, BBC Radio Leicester’s Asian Life Festival explored all aspects of the journey so far that have made Leicester the incredible city it is today. Part of the festival was 'The Good Companion', a skit written by Divya Ghelani, which I had the pleasure of directing.

'King Richard's Cyber Horse' by Sara Bodinar

/
This autumn I'll be directing 'King Richard's Cyber Horse', a brand new play by award-winning writer Sara Bodinar. The play was commissioned by Urban Young Actors especially for their end of year show and centres around a virtual reality game in an apocalyptic future. Rehearsals begin in September and the production goes up on 23rd November.
#WAKEUP

#WAKEUP

/
At the end of last year, I posted on Facebook after witnessing a young girl being sexually assaulted in Leicester. A friend commented and said why don't I use music to do something about it. Six months later and I'd like to share this...Two stories about real people I've encountered in my life which have had a profound effect on the way I see things. One is the victim of sexual assault and the other of homophobia.
Drama School Auditions

A Modern Guide to Auditioning for Drama School

/
When I auditioned for drama school I didn't have a clue what I was doing. Retrospectively, I can identify the choices I made that led to me being accepted, however, I can't quite remember which of those choices were intentional, instinctual, or just good luck. Since then I've spent many years working as an actor, director and coach, and now have experience on both sides of the panel. What I've realised is...

Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Auditions

/
In April and May I'll be joining the panel at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire during initial and recall auditions. The industry is ever-changing and the craft is always evolving, so during my time on the other side, I hope to get an insight into what drama schools are looking for right now.

'Shooting Truth' by Molly Davies

/
Deep in the woods of an abandoned village, the present is haunted by the past as a group of students embark on a film project about a 17th century witch, Freya. The time periods bleed into one another as the shoot unfolds and we learn the truth behind Freya’s troubled past.
CYC

Curve Young Company: ACT

/
After a hugely successful taster session, the branches of Curve Young Company have now formed their companies for the coming year. I'll be leading workshops with the advanced CYC Act company and directing the production projects which will be presented at Curve next year.
LCPA

Acting Classes @ LCPA

/
I am delighted to announce I'll be running acting classes at the Leicester College of Performing Arts (LCPA) from September 2017. LCPA has a long list of alumni performing in the West End and in productions nationally and internationally. I'll be working with the performers on acting technique, leading up to their final production next year.
Nikolai Foster

Acting Notes from Curve's Artistic Director Nikolai Foster

/
As well as being the artistic director of Leicester's Curve, Nikolai Foster has directed countless acclaimed productions at leading theatres all over the UK. I asked Nikolai whether he'd share a few notes from the rehearsal room and give me an insight into his work. He kindly agreed to answer my questions.

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