I’m heartbroken for the arts industry as a whole who are suffering greatly during this time. In an attempt to offer what little support I can I am offering FREE online 1:1s to a limited number of drama school applicants every week. This will be an opportunity to workshop a monologue, receive feedback and advice and prepare for your audition during this time of quarantine.
Last month I began teaching the ‘Acting for Camera’ module on the BA (Hons) Acting course at ALRA North. Many drama schools don’t put the same focus on acting for screen that ALRA does so I’m relishing the opportunity to explore and play alongside the students.
It’s easy to become passionate about people when you begin to study human behaviour. There’s a fire in the eyes, radiance in a smile and an energy that fills the room when we, as humans, are truly at ease and impassioned. We all have these qualities; they are natural, effortless and beautiful, but they also have a habit of evaporating the moment we start to act or sense the camera. Trying to capture that inner lifeforce when speaking words that aren’t our own isn’t natural, nor is it easy, but it’s something that all the greatest screen actors achieve.
It’s exciting to be working with the actors of the future at the start of their journies, and even more so as students begin to show moments of brilliance.
This week we’ll be performing an extract from our brand new solo show at Nottingham Playhouse for their Amp Night.
In a bleak, futuristic world, people rely on their online presence in order to survive. As daily news vlogger Luna fails to engage an audience, the pressure to be good enough, pretty enough, funny enough, begins to take its toll and distorts her perception of reality.
To Be Seen is a one-woman play that explores social media and its effects on mental health, written by me and actor/writer Katie Burchett. It’s a work in progress that we’re extremely excited to test on a live audience. This will be the first of a series of performances and R&D sessions we hope to complete to bring the play to fruition.
Venue: Nottingham Playhouse
Date: 10th April
(PERFORMANCE DATE NOW PASSED.) If you’d like to buy tickets, you can do so here: https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/other/amp-night/
“An excellent portrayal of austerity for millenials.”
“Thought-provoking. Up to the minute.”
“My God, we’re all doomed. Great piece!”
Being born and bred in Leicester, I was delighted to hear that ALRA was collaborating with Leicester College and De Montfort University to bring a new BA (Hons) Acting course to my home town. Any opportunity for young people in Leicester to nurture and realise their creative aspirations is a wonderful thing, but a conservatoire-standard curriculum is especially exciting. I was even more delighted when the school invited me in to deliver acting classes to the first year of students as part of the curriculum.
In September 2018, I began working with the first years each week, culminating in a devised performance at the end of the year at the Sue Townsend Theatre. This performance included a moving, trumpeting elephant comprised of actors, which took us weeks to develop and bring to life. No small feat! Despite still being at an early point in their training, I’m blown away by the amount of potential amongst the students and more vividly by their hunger and passion for the craft.
It’s an exciting place to create and the opportunity to work closely with ALRA has also been a huge advantage. Later this month I’ll be visiting ALRA North to lead workshops and mock auditions with their acting students.
If you’d like to check out the course you can find more info here: Leicester College – BA (Hons) Acting