#Acting

Acting After Illness #12 Patience

David King | Posted 01.08.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

Anthony Hopkins is rumoured to read his script at least 200 times. This is one way of learning your lines, but, moreover, this action will reveal the hidden surprises in the text. The what is really being said, the emotional feel of the lines, that he didn't "see" on the first reading.

Let Amy Schumer Make You Feel Icky So Your Daughters Can Be Free

Ellyn Daniels | Posted 20.07.2017 | UK Comedy
Ellyn Daniels

Amy Schumer is not fat. Vaginas smell. Men need to go down on women and talking about all of that is what makes Amy Schumer brave; not her posing semi-nude for a photo. And expressing what it truly feels like to be a woman in a man's world is not crude, it's liberating. Maybe watching The Leather Special makes you feel icky now, but it might free your daughter from feeling ashamed later.

Why Do Artists Feel Compelled To Perform At All Costs?

Lucy Nichol | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Nichol

It's funny that they don't have a reputation for it, but believe me, they push themselves to the limits. And yet, when things get on top of them, we curse them. How dare they ruin my night out? I spent £25 on that ticket.

Diversity: The Art Of Thinking Independently Together

Chioma Anyanwu | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Chioma Anyanwu

With a plethora of actors voicing their opinions and raising awareness I do believe there are people listening, but with most issues, there are deep rooted and there no quick fixes. For me, it is about asking questions when it came to storylines and vision of a particular project, not being so quick to settle on what is comfortable and familiar and taking action where an action is due.

Acting After Illness #9 Change

David King | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

Each and everyone of us can create moments and opportunities, that, when compounded over time, will create a change that can make our lives better and make other people's lives better too.

There Is A Class Ceiling In The Acting Profession

Gloria De Piero | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Politics
Gloria De Piero

It's not just anecdotal evidence that indicates the problem. New figures based on the ONS Labour Force Survey, showed that 51% of actors surveyed were from privileged backgrounds and just 16% were from a working class background. This compares to 33% of the nation coming from working class backgrounds and just 29% coming from affluent backgrounds.

Taking The Blame

Paul Clayton | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Paul Clayton

The taxi driver who turned up 20 minutes late one morning to take us out on an excursion. Not his fault as the traffic had been particularly bad, but as soon he was out of the car, he walked straight over to us to apologise for keeping us waiting. By the time we sat in the car, we were assuring him that it didn't really matter.

From The Boards To The Boardroom: How I Beat Stage Fright With Vulnerability

Rudi Symons | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK
Rudi Symons

Acting - or any role that involves regularly presenting in front of an audience - probably seems a bizarre (or masochistic!) career choice for somebod...

Acting After Illness #6 Anger

David King | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
David King

The AVM in my head has been treated with radiation and the hope is to obliterate it. If I take Aurelius's view, in the greater scheme of things, and in relation to the bigger picture, it is then a very very very small abnormality indeed. An annoyance.

Acting After Illness #4 Hope

David King | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Entertainment
David King

When my family first came looking for me in St Georges hospital, I can't imagine how they must of felt. Scared? Confused? Little did they know...

Acting After Illness

David King | Posted 21.07.2017 | 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 18.06.2017 | 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 21.03.2017 | 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 12.03.2017 | 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 05.03.2017 | 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 20.02.2017 | 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 08.02.2017 | 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 08.02.2017 | 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 30.12.2016 | 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 08.12.2016 | 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 08.11.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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