Acting

Acting After Illness

David King | Posted 02.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
David King

Acting really had been my way out, my way back from my darkest hour, my getting back on the horse, my resolution of conflict. Being in hospital for a long period of time makes you withdrawn. To work on my performance confidence I took RADA's over 24's Contemporary Scene Study course and progressed to their level 3 Acting course.

Karagula by Philip Ridley

Richard Brownlie-Marshall | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Richard Brownlie-Marshall

Before seeing any performance, I quite like the idea of not knowing a great deal about the story or production beforehand. Even if I had researched th...

Time to Tell Berkoff Where to Go!

Paul Clayton | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

I'm not sure how often this bitter old Berkoff actually engages with young actors. I'm not sure how many he works with, (Imagine having to spend a day on set with this old bore) but I'm pretty sure he hasn't had anything to do with any of the graduates I've had the pleasure of working with over the last few years.

Trans Storyline on BBC 'Casualty': Half a Celebration?

Fox Fisher | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Fox Fisher

Because there is not enough representation and these are early days, we are impatient to see aspects of ourselves represented in the media. We often get angry or upset when we don't see ourselves reflected in a mainstream character, no matter how authentic they may be.

'Cancel The Sunshine' - How Writing Became a Coping Method for My Anxiety and Depression

Chantelle Dusette | Posted 07.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Chantelle Dusette

Depression bubbling under the surface, or hovering above, never seen by any, only felt by me. I was used to it. Familiar. At times I would think, "I need to sort this out" and alcohol would come along, "remember our agreement? I can take care of this for you." And it did.

Making A Living Out of a Training

Paul Clayton | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

As chairman of the Actors Centre I've had the good fortune this year to engage with a large number of drama graduates. Primarily those leaving training institutions fully determined to be a working actor.

Wilko Fever and the Top Five Guilty Pleasures for Under 25's

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 12.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonnie Bayfield

At 23, I was under the assumption that a shop containing every single domestic cleaning product you could ever want, would be far from my mind; replaced only by casual sex and 'Meeting new people'- something I have not done in a long time.

Theatr Pena: Rewriting what it means to be a woman in theatre

Laura Dunn | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK
Laura Dunn

Holly McCarthy Theatre is a form of entertainment that continually pushes boundaries. In a quest to break down barriers for actors and audiences, one...

Making the Dream Work

Paul Clayton | Posted 30.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

All training institutions offer a wide range of skills to their students and I firmly believe that we still offer the best actor training in the world here in Britain. Indeed I believe we train the best actors. I don't believe you can be taught how to act, but I think you can be taught how to be an actor.

The Media - And What It Is Like to Be Someone With a Learning Disability in It

Sarah Gordy | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Gordy

In the beginning of my career the stage managers and assistant directors were horrified when they saw me. How were they going to keep to a tight schedule with a central character played by someone with Downs Syndrome? But now - they want to work with me again.

Trust In Me

Paul Clayton | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Because that's what it's all down to. That's the reason Disney gave Kaa those huge saucery spiral eyes. It's eye contact. That's how we know whether we trust someone or not. Trust is a huge part of acting.

Where Are the Working Class Actors?

Felix Denton | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Felix Denton

There is a wealth of British acting talent coming through the ranks on stage and in films. Over the last year people like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and Rosamund Pike have all gained critical acclaim and A-List status in Hollywood, and they all have one other thing in common which is that they were privately educated.

Empathy and the Decision to Postpone 'Homegrown'

Kristian Carter | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Kristian Carter

The decision by the NYT to postpone the play has unleashed a firestorm of debate within the artistic community about censorship. But this is about more than the arts - it's about the kind of Britain that we want to be.

Acting May Be Harder Than You Think

Paul Clayton | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Poor Sarah Harding, the ex Girls Aloud singer, seems to have a hard time on those famous cobbles, and her Coronation Street contract is not to be extended beyond the four episodes she was booked for.

Giving it Back

Paul Clayton | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The government are not going to suddenly fund drama training for people on low incomes. Despite the proven value an excellent drama training has in equipping people for so many roles in life, as well as in the arts, it's probably a low priority with graduates from low income families in medicine, law, and so many other areas also fighting for support

Transgender Actors On Screen and Stage

Catherine McNamara | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Catherine McNamara

When we open this topic up for discussion, a common refrain is to suggest that we want good actors on screen. The implication is that we don't want trans people to be employed to play a trans character just because they're trans. We want a good actor to do the job.

Making the Acting Last

Paul Clayton | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The huge flood of young actors emerging into the profession this summer, I give best wishes. Their future will be determined mainly by luck, but enhanced by sheer hard work and good business sense. For some this may be instinctive, but others will learn it the hard way.

Five Reasons You HAVE to Watch: 'A Royal Night Out'

Samantha Baines | Posted 14.05.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Baines

It's the hottest new cinema release and its all about the Royal family! A Royal Night Out hits cinemas on 15 May (with previews from 8 May) and I have managed to see it before the official release. So here are five reasons you have to watch it.

Director Tells Actress He Wants To 'Lick Her From Behind'

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 30.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Unfortunately, we're all too used to seeing women sexualised and valued for their appearance rather than their talent in the TV and film industry. ...

Eleven Ways to Be a Bit Less Bad at Revision

Eve Delaney | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eve Delaney

It's important to take frequent breaks during your revision session. The brain is a muscle (not factually correct) that gets tired like any other muscles (do hearts get tired?). In order for a break to be effective, you must fully remove yourself from your working mindset. Dig a hole in the garden or annoy your sister a bit. Just keep the line between work and play clearly defined.

Top Ten Acting Career Survival Tips

Paul Clayton | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

Here are my top 10 survival tips for those first few years in the real world... and for quite a few years afterwards actually.

Juliet Stevenson Speaks Out on Ageism in the Acting Industry

Danny Lee Wynter | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Danny Lee Wynter

During the interview, both on and off camera, Stevenson was a heavenly tidal of rage, enthusiasm, intelligence and common sense. In her own unique and unabashed way, her thoughts and perceptions set a precedent for the #WomenOfACertainAge campaign.

Clayton Cardenas: The Art of The Storyteller

Kay Smythe | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Kay Smythe

Cardenas is a leading man, not only in his talent but in his soul. It's beautiful to witness and I can't wait for the rest of the world to see the light inside of him. Luckily, I don't think the world with be waiting much longer.

Your Reasons are Just Excuses - Why Trans Roles Need to be Played by Trans People

Freiya Benson | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Freiya Benson

There's this thing that keeps happening. A film is announced, and in this film there's a trans character, and there's talk of positive representation, and giving a voice to a stigmatised section of society, and it's all good. And then the actor playing the part of the trans person is announced, and they're not trans.

The One With the Rehearsal

Georgy Jamieson | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Georgy Jamieson

The other night I went and watched the theatre group I belong to rehearse for their forthcoming production of Fawlty Towers. I haven't acted since autumn 2013 and although it's not unusual for me to have a break from theatre for a while, this is probably the longest I've been gone from it.