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Creating & Producing New Work Together

Tara Robinson & Steffan Donnelly co-wrote, co-created and co-produced My Body Welsh, the newest production from their two companies Invertigo Theatre, The Conker Group, and venue partner Pontio, Bangor. It’s an investigation into small town life on Anglesey, what it means to be from somewhere, and how truth, history and stories weave together to forge a sense of national identity. It toured across Wales in January 2017 and is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.


Co-writing, co-creating and co-producing is definitely fun, rich, varied and exciting, it’s also satisfying and sometimes tricky. We’ve jotted down some basic advice based on our findings working together...

FIND SOMEONE YOU LIKE THEN DATE THEM

We have zero advice for how you find this person. For us it happened by chance working on Titus Andronicus at Shakespeare’s Globe. We discovered we had the same sense of humour and enjoyed each other’s company. But that in itself is a good start. The thing we advise is …

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T2: TRAINSPOTTING

T2: TRAINSPOTTING

While the four leads give a strong ensemble performance, there are also some valuable lessons in this film about the intangible depth that preparation can bring to a screen role.

Without the structure offered by theatre rehearsal, and the fillip provided by the approval of the director and other actors, it can be hard for screen actors to do an equivalent amount of preparation.  (In fact I believe that even greater preparation is needed because of the intense scrutiny of the camera.)  And, let’s be honest, there’s a leap of faith required that the time and emotional energy spent, alone, developing a character’s backstory will pay off.

The performances of Ewen Bremner and Jonny Lee Miller stand out in ways that suggest extensive emotional preparation.  (I’ll try to write about them without spoiling the plot)  I worked with Ewen on the very first piece of film I directed, when he was in his …

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7 Reasons to attend Surviving Actors London 2017

7 Reasons to attend Surviving Actors London 2017

When attending an Actors event in London, why are you best to choose Surviving Actors? The answer is simple - variety and value!

·      In one place you can get advice from top Industry players and organisations either in a group or one-to-one.

·      Participate in workshops and seminars.

·      Discover opportunities for flexible actor friendly ‘in between’ jobs.

·      Network your socks off with a variety of Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, Playwrights and Screenwriters. 

·      Get the chance to put all you’ve learned into action auditioning for Out of Joint Theatre Companies next UK tour.

·      The event itself is supported by many leading industry organisations including Methuen Drama, The Actors Centre, Equity & …

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Top Audition Tips from The Forge Initiative

Here at The Forge Initiative, we believe that there are going to be times when you have a good feeling about an acting audition, a workshop or a course. Perhaps it is going to be for someone you know, maybe they have heard you audition before or it could be that they have expressly asked to see you as they think you are well suited to the role they are auditioning. However, that is going to be only a very small percentage of the time. Mostly you are going to be auditioning for a panel of people who you have never met before and who only know you through a headshot photo.

You have no idea what they are looking for and they have no idea if you are going to be suitable. So, without being defeatist or apologetic, you must always bear in mind that as soon as you walk in that room, there is a chance you may not fill the criteria of the panel.

Having said that, we at The Forge Initiative, encourage all auditionees to always face an audition with a positive attitude. Someone is going to get a …

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Register for FREE entry to Surviving Actors London Sat 6th Feb

In one place you can get advice from top Industry players (either in a group or one-to-one), participate in workshops, discover opportunities for flexible actor friendly ‘in between’ jobs, network your socks off with a variety of Directors, Producers, Casting Directors, Playwrights, Screenwriters and even get the chance to put all you’ve learned into action auditioning for a paid role in a Feature Film.

 

Supported by many leading industry organisations including The Actors Centre, Spotlight, Equity, Methuen Drama & many more the event promises to be an exciting and worthwhile day out! Check out all the organisations you can expect to meet on event day.

It’s FREE general admission all day and the Seminars & Workshops are an incredible bargain at £6 considering usual London prices (£££)! We do recommend you take a look at what’s on offer and book in advance to avoid disappointment. http://www.survivingactors.com/london

 

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