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.
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.
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.
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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"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 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.
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On 23rd and 24th May, Breakin' Convention (the international festival of hip-hop dance theatre) came to Curve, Leicester for the first time. Breakin' Convention is an award-winning and critically acclaimed organisation that represents the origins and evolution of hip hop culture from around the world and around the corner.
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As part of Strictly Arts, I've spent the last week shooting an anti-knife crime film in and around Birmingham. The project is funded by Derby City Council and the film will be released later this year.
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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.