Rasmus Flensborg

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Recently I met the fantastic Danish actor Rasmus Flensborg, we met at Camelot Film festival and shared a love of all things film. I checked out his web series and I enjoyed it so much I nabbed him for  a interview with you guys. I’m nice like that.

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So Cph shorts produces #Fairhood series, How did you get involved in the project ? 
I worked with Michael Buus (Creator and Director off Fairhood, red.) on a short film in 2014 – also produced by the directors collective Cph Shorts. The short film was a really good experience for both of us and after that we both looked for an opportunity to collaborate again. About a year later Michael contacted me with the idea for Fairhood. I answered yes please immediately.
Give us a quick fire description of the web series?
I constantly come up with fake taglines for the webseries just for fun, one of them being: “a show about a two people who pretend to be in love” – but real, quickfire: It’s a comedy about a young couple who gets pregnant without agreeing on it. So far the show follows the guy in the relationship, dealing with this new “unfair” situation… and yes I know I’m not supposed to say “THEY” get pregnant. She does.
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How did you get into acting, did you always think about being an actor?
For the longest time I just thought everybody wanted to become an actor and that it was completely normal so I ignored the impulse. It wasn’t until I somewhat randomly came to European Film College at age 20 and found out that some people absolutely do not want to be in front of the camera nor have the flair for it. That’s when I realised that maybe I belonged in specific acting segment of the population, so I explored that. To be or not to be I guess. They had a small acting course at the college so I tried that. Our teacher was a real New York woman, totally representing the whole wide world, hollywood and “big dreams” to me. I clearly remember her saying to the class in a very devoutly maner: “Act Because you can! as so many can not”. I don’t think I believe that today, but that statement and her voice really stuck with me and made me go for it. I owe a lot to her. Thanks Robyn!


What keeps you motivated in this tough industry to keep making and creating?
Justin Bieber I guess. no, sorry what was the question ? Well first of all, if you look at the industry as a numbers game I guess it’s 10 times “easier” to be noticed as an actor in Copenhagen, Denmark than say in London, and add a zero or two more compared to the states. And I do believe it is a lot easier here. But we still like to think the world is tough don’t we –  When I was around 25 I had mentally given up and then time just started to past by. It wasn’t until recently that I had enough motivating experiences from the outside world, to give me energy enough to start picking up selfhelp books – which then started a whole spiral of good habits and experiences. Now I have motivating notes and reminders in a journal I read to myself every morning and several other habits of that kind to stay on top. Sorry, but that was the answer right there: selfhelp books –  It’s all in your head! Back to Bieber! I’m extremely motivated by the cheap and easy distribution channels available now aka youtube, Social media etc. I think that the industry, casting directors and agencies in the future will be looking even more towards whats hot on youtube etc. And I would be an idiot if I didn’t join that game full on.
What advise would you give your younger self when starting out?
Don’t lay in bed thinking about you life… get a job, any job and work while thinking. you’ll feel better when you go to sleep and you’re gonna need the money. Time is running out.

You do allot of film, what attracts you to film? 
God I would love do more theatre… I’m gonna! I guess at the moment it’s the idea that you can share (most) film online with the rest of the world. I know it’s been the standard for a while and that we are all competing on that playing field, but still –  the idea and the possibilities are very exciting I think. Acting is acting to me, no matter the media. I’m happy every day I get to do that.

What are your next projects?
I’m shooting a short film tomorrow otherwise nothing. Why, did you hear about anything ? I’m writing on a roadtrip webseries that I really like to shoot this fall –  and I’m trying to start a monologues video series, but that’s uphill. I’ve also promised myself to move to London in 2017, that’s quite the project. so,yeah, lots of idéas and dreams not much realism. Actors are all talk, aren’t they.

What is in the pipeline for #Fairhood?
We just shot the “Finale” episode for this first batch. We’re not sure whether to call them scenes or episodes. We should have a new word for these online short short films and episodes. Or do we already, I don’t know? I think we would all like to do another “season” of Fairhood, but it’s got to be another story line. It’s either going to take place several years in the future when the child has been born or we’ll do the same 9 months of pregnancy but focus on another story line – whatever that would be. In the meantime this first season is being edited together as a 15-20 min long pitch and our producer is trying to raise some money and partners with this, perhaps for a second season with longer episodes on a bigger scale, wish us luck.
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    Rasmus Flensborg Showreel: https: //vimeo.com/52415709

Actor Awareness Week

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After the success of our Scratch nights we have teamed up with the fantastic Theatre N16 to help our writers, actors, directors develop their work. Each Play had approximately 2 months to get their 15 minute play in a form of a 40 minute piece. Quite a mean feet but they rose to the challenge and we have for you some fab shows!

This is a great example of what we here at Actor Awareness are trying to do and if you read the monthly newsletter, follow us on Twitter and Facebook we often call out for castings. So get involved and it could be you next time!

 

Actor Awareness & Theatre N16 present…

The Staffroom by Michelle Payne

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Monday 22nd August 2016, 9pm. Tickets £10.

Performed at our health scratch ardent @actorawanreness supporter Michelle Payne brings her fabulous writing to full life.

They’re teaching our children but are they teaching the right things? Three young teachers navigate their way through adulthood and educating.

Follow us @STAFFROOMplay

Directed by: Alula White
Cast:
Alison – Hilary Murnane
Hugo – Craig Webb
Ria – Faye Derham

Tralier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrlN4JQum78#action=share

Birth of a Nation by David House

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Friday 26th august 2016, 9pm, Tickets £10

The initial piece was performed at our Sold out health scratch night, it was laugh out loud funny ! So the longer version is bound to be worth a visit.

Dave House’s satirical look at the failings of a Tory government riddled with NHS pains, Boris Johnson and Brexit.

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Oliver performed at our LGBT scratch and his show has gone strength to strenght getting 5 stars for his recent run at Lost Theatre.

“And they all lived Happily Ever After”… Bullsh*t!

Love And All That Cr@p is a light-hearted ‘coming of age’ story about finding love in our modern day society. Follow a young man as he makes his discovery in awkward, amusing and arousing ways such as discovering your sexuality through porn; the naivety of your ‘first time’, a blind date gone terribly wrong and the all too true horrors of a one night stand as well as other stories and experience a cabaret of song, poetry and hilarity in this embarrassingly true story about love and all its unsaid difficulties.

OCD Theatre (Original, Contemporary, Dynamic) emerged from East 15 Acting School’s Contemporary Theatre course and has continued to produce intriguing new work which were praised for their daring and eye-opening subjects

Written & performed by Oliver Retter. With special thanks to Adam Weeks and Lottie Finklaire for their dramaturgical support.

Love And All That Cr@p contains strong language and a ridiculous amount of glitter.

★★★★ “Excellent piece of writing and performing”
Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1

★★★★ “Portrays love in a fun and relatable way”
Korien Brown, Cockpit Theatre

Book Now

http://www.theatren16.co.uk/#!actors-awareness-shows/j0ce2

Rotterdam

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Right here is some must see theatre!! After a sell out run at Theatre503 which I managed to catch, it transfers to Trafalgar studios. This play is superbly written, funny and heart wrenching. The cast give all round fab performances that really speaks volumes about love and life. Bring a tissue.

DON’T MISS OUT

The Adam Morley Bursary

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Huge news for Actor Awareness! Below are details of how to enter our Adam Morley & Actor Awareness Bursary.

So Actor Awareness and Adam Morley are releasing a bursary where a writer can win £1000 for new writing all details on the post below this.

The Adam Morley & Actor Awareness Bursary 

So the details of how the bursary is set up:
● We are looking for a plathora of new writing part of The Adam Morley and Actor Awareness bursary. The shows can be about anything and written by anyone. The only rules are it has to be new writing ( the piece cannot have been shown in a theatre already, however scratch nights are accepted) you can not attach a CV as we are running it as a blind casting, so just your name, a short synopsis and your new writing submission. The peice can be no more than 15 minutes long and has to be submitted by the deadline on the 30th of September. Please send all submissions to tomstocks0805@gmail.com
● After the deadline for submissions close we organise a day where we get a neutral actor, writer and director to sit on a small panel and listen to a small group of actors read each 15 min peice to us and we whittle it down to a final 20.
● Once the final 15-20 has been chosen we bring each play in for an audition day at a theatre. The writer will cast, direct and prepare their show, ready to perform their 15 min peice to a panel ànd choose a final 6 shows.
● Once the final 6 is chosen, we bring them into a scratch night performance, where the chosen casts perform infront of an invited diverse audience, who vote for winner to win the 1k to be turned into a full length show with award winning producer and director Adam Morley and a run in a theatre.
Good luck everyone!

Spotlight & Actor Awareness present ‘Intergenerational Night’

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Monday, 15 August 2016 from 19:30 to 21:30

Spotlight UK – 7 Leicester Pl, London, WC2H 7RJ

Our first Spotlight sponsored event is coming 15th August. Spotlight are even giving away free tickets to those registered with them. So go to the eventbrite link and book your ticket now for a awesome night of new writing!

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Spotlight are supporting us with this exciting new project . This is an integration of younger and older actors learning off of each other and tackling the issue under-represntaton of older actors in the industry. So please come and support these incredible new short plays.

Plays

Our Father by Stephanie Silver
37 by Nick Mwaluko 
Safe Word by Ribs Norman
Joan and Oliver by Nicola Amory

Spotlight members can attend for free, so you will need to show proof of membership (Spotlight profile or card) on the door, non members pay £8.

BOOK

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/actor-awareness-intergenerational-night-tickets-26419573656

SuperMan and Me

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We interview Eloise Lally about her current role as director in ‘Superman and Me’ written by Suzette Coon and on at Kings Head theatre July 26-28th
Has theatre always been a part of your life? What did you want to be growing up!
 
From a young age I have always felt most connected to myself, those around me, and the world through artistic expression. I had a curiosity with language and the ways in which it could be used to move and excite people. I remember reciting poems I had learnt by heart at 3 or 4 years old, coaxing my brother into playing characters with me who existed in fantasy locations, and I was a keen singer. Before I knew what theatre was I seemed to enjoy creating make-believe worlds more than living in the real one. I suppose some children grow out of that, I never did. In that sense, I guess theatre has always been part of my life. Creating different worlds and exploring characters that live within them has never stopped fascinating me.
Growing up I never had a strong idea of what I wanted to be. I knew that I was happiest performing in school productions or making theatre with friends, so hoped I’d be able to continue that somehow. 
   
How did you veer towards directing as a career?
 
During my final year at university I read Martin Crimp’s ‘Attempts on her Life’. Whilst reading the play I had an instinctive vision for bringing the narrative to life and decided to see if I could realise it through directing. Whilst rehearsing the piece, I found that I was much more interested in thinking about the whole story rather than focussing on the journey of one character, as my previous experience in performance had informed me. I knew I wanted to go to drama school to learn more about what being a director means and that’s how I found myself studying for an MA in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy.
 
What do you like about directing? what are it’s biggest challenges?
 
I love being able to question and explore human behaviours. The close examination of plays that directing requires teaches so much about humanity. I feel like I am constantly learning something new. I enjoy the collaborative nature of theatre making; the sharing of skills and insights between all creatives involved.  
 I think the biggest challenge of being a director is being able to work on projects that excite you whilst managing to be financially stable. Directing is sadly still not a very well paid profession. It can be hard to sustain a living from and when your quality of life is dependent on both being able to do what you love and being able to pay the rent, there often has to be a compromise.
 
 What inspires you above live performance such as theatre?
 
I am always inspired by the work of directors, actors, designers, movement directors, stage managers etc. The possibilities of theatre making seem vast to me and I am always inspired to see how varying groups of creative teams can realize work. I am inspired by the way individuals interpret the world and can use their interpretation in performance to make audiences laugh or cry.
 
Tell us about Superman and me? How did you get to work with Suzette?
 
Superman and me is an anti-romantic comedy about coupledom. It is a two-hander exploring traditional gender role expectations. It examines how popular culture has influenced the way we think about what it means to be single and what our role is within a relationship. The piece follows married couple Lois and Clark through couples therapy. It is both sad and funny.
 I first worked with Suzette on an extract of a play of hers, ‘Pile of Bricks’ for Paperback Pictures new writing night at The Arts Theatre. I immediately connected to her writing about social and economic issues; things which I felt needed to be talked about through the medium of theatre. Suzette is able to give a light touch to serious global concerns and this mix of sadness and comedy is something that is exciting to work on. I later directed a short play for her new writing night Little Pieces of Gold. It was whilst working on this that Suzette spoke to me about Superman & me.
 
Superman and me is about relationship dynamics? What draws you into directing a piece like this?
 
I am interested in exploring how gender expectations impact relationships. I think the play draws from ideas of coupledom that are universally experienced. I want to offer insight into the effect of these expectations on relationships, and ask audiences if they feel a pressure to live up to an idea of what male and female roles in relationships should be. If so, how can this be altered? I believe these expectations are detrimental to mental health and wellbeing. I want to look for ways in which men particularly, can be encouraged to talk openly and honestly about how they feel.
 
We at Actor awareness think Suzette is great and she’s been a supporter of ours, do you know anything about Actor Awareness? What is your view on our campaign?
 
I have only recently come across Actor Awareness and think that your campaign is extremely important. Everyone, no matter where they have come from should be entitled to the same opportunities within the arts.