Angel Theatre Company

Eavesdropping

Angel Theatre Company will present a new and unique piece of theatre titled Eavesdropping at Barons Court Theatre, 5th – 16th July 2016.

Angel Theatre Company is an organisation dedicated to providing recent graduates with the opportunity to perform professionally within their first year of leaving drama school. They aim to produce challenging, character driven plays, selected specifically to showcase actors’ individual talents. Cast members work under the guidance of experienced industry professionals and are given a rewarding first taste of a career in the theatre.

The Company’s first production, Can’t Stand up for Falling Down, played at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre in July 2015 to great critical acclaim, achieving 4 star reviews. Top industry professionals attended the performances and each cast member found the experience the perfect opportunity to make the transition from training to working!

Their latest production, Eavesdropping, is a new and original piece of theatre. It consists of a variety of scenes, each varying in length. Unlike most plays which are either scripted or devised, Eavesdropping is unique in that it is neither! The piece is created by a company of actors who spend several weeks covertly recording real people engaged in genuine conversations. These recordings are then scripted, explored and reinterpreted through rehearsal to find their dramatic potential. Each vignette is a miniature work of art in itself and offers the audience a great insight into the world around us. A more honest, poignant, funny and genuine reflection of society than most conventionally written plays could hope to be! In working on the pieces (which have no link other than they are all real dialogue) the creative team follow certain rules, including:

  • The people recorded must be complete strangers to the company and unaware they are being recorded.
  • Any names must be changed to ensure the anonymity of those who were recorded.
  • The actual recorded words are not to be altered in any way.
  • In shaping the scenes, the creative team may change the location of action, characters, relationships, add pauses/silences etc to enhance the theatricality of the scene.

The concept for the production comes from experienced actor and director, John Patterson, Artistic Director of Angel Theatre Company. He said, “In piloting the idea over the past few weeks, we have been fascinated at our findings. The pieces we have so far explored range from the deeply moving to the hilarious! These raw, revealing observations of real life are more genuinely reflective of the world around us than much conventionally scripted drama! Each vignette is a miniature work of art in itself, but when presented as part of a sequence, the piece promises to take its audience on a unique, entertaining, emotional and amusing journey.”

Ron Phillips, Artistic Director of Barons Court Theatre added, “This is one of the most original concepts for a theatrical piece we have ever heard of and it promises to be a fascinating production.”

For their latest venture, the company has grown from three actors to ten and includes recent graduates from Arts Ed, Italia Conti, ALRA and Drama Studio. Including Stephanie Manton who has just graduated from Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts., below she gives us a quote.

“Working with Angel Theatre Company has been a fantastic experience! The project is so interesting and has been a real creative challenge to bring the pieces alive without any prior knowledge of who the characters are or what they are talking about. The company ethos is what initially attracted me to working on the piece and I urge everyone to come see the show and support a group of talented young actors!” Stephanie Manton

Headshots

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“Try before you Buy” Mini Sessions

July 9th 12th 19th 23rd 29th

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A headshot is the first thing that lands on a CD’s or Agents desk, so it is important to invest some money and Vanessa Valentine gives the headshot that could book you an audition.

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A 2-hour session with 5 hi-res digital images are just £150. If you share with a friend it works out as £75 each and they’ll add an extra image to make it 3 images each!!

The Mono Box

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THE MONO BOX is a collaborative, not-for-profit project that provides actors and directors  with affordable access to a unique, ever-growing collection of plays donated by industry professionals.

They provide actors and directors access to an extensive collection of plays donated entirely by industry professionals. They support actors to find suitable monologues/scenes for auditions and showcases in a relaxed, informal environment and deliver affordable workshops, direction and Q&A sessions to support actors’ development.

They invite professional actors, directors and playwrights to be in their a collective which fosters and nurtures creative relationships.

Speech Surgeries are monthly events that inspire, nurture and inform actors of the parts and playwrights available to them. Whether you’re looking for a new audition speech or want some advice, Speech Surgeries give actors and directors alike an opportunity to discover plays and ask searching questions in an open, relaxed environment.

NEXT SPEECH SURGERY:  Sunday 10th April  @ 10am – 2.30pm LOCATION: Old Vic New Voices Workrooms, 16 Drummond Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4EE

Or you can have one on one session. They can offer new speech ideas if you’re in need, re-direction, audition technique, advice or just the experience of doing your speeches in front of someone other than your Mum before an audition. Email hello@themonobox.co.uk for more details or to book a session

Check out MonoBox events at  www.monobox.co.uk/#!events/cv9l. They have so many affordable workshops and events by leading industry professionals.

Interview with Jaime Eastlake at Theatre N16

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Jaime is a producer, performer, artistic director and executive director of Theatre N16 in Balham. The theatre has moved from Stoke Newington and is becoming a prominent fringe venue for new writing and quality work. Jaime has worked hard and knows the industry well having produced many plays at Edinburgh, as well as up North, he also understands the struggles actors face as he was one once himself. Theatre N16 is a fringe venue that has just signed with Equity @EquityLPNP and in the last 6 months and has paid all his staff a wage, that’s a really positive step forward for fringe theatre. Here Jaime answers my questions.

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Jamie growing up how did you decide that you wanted to be an actor?

I always knew I was an entertainer, I needed a medium to express myself from a young age and that’s how acting came about. I would however say now I definitely don’t consider myself as an actor and I’ve gave that side up. As a producer and artistic director I see myself as a storyteller now. 

Who inspires you?

So many things and people inspire me. My real love is football and where I’m from, that always inspires me. I’m from the North East where passion comes in abundance. Heart on your sleeve types are the norm. That’s definitely what inspires me most. I just want to tell stories with real fight and against the norm. The individual that inspires me most at the minute would be Michael Harrison who’s one of the producers of Gypsy and The Bodyguard on the West End. We have ties to the same small town theatre where I’m from so to know somebody from home has done so well makes me know I can do the same.

What attracts you to theatre especially ?

I found it the easiest medium to get into so that’s what sort of hooked me. I have a background in filmmaking also, but with filmmaking it always takes meticulous planning and an excessive amount of time micromanaging. With theatre I’ve always had a knack of getting shit done with no money and just real graft so that’s the attraction really. I think i’d be making films if I had loads of cash. Probably because I enjoy watching films more than watching theatre If I’m honest. 

What advise as an actor would you give to other actors 

As a theatre maker I’d advise to mingle lots. Don’t ‘Network’ that words a load of shite, just mingle and see things and do things and meet people and just be nice and not businesey and just nice. Does that make sense? I cast someone on 1/3 talent, 1/3 suiting the part and 1/3 a nice human being who wants to talk about lots of nice things. And is nice. Also work hard, work damn hard. Nobody owes you anything, yes we all complain sometimes about how “difficult it is to break in to the industry” but stay grounded and remember you live in the UK, you’ve most likely got food on your table and your chasing a dream

You have produced many of your own plays at the fringe, how has this developed you as a producer, artist?

I started as a producer on the fringe to basically give myself parts and help people around me so as a producer it helped massively. The best thing is to make a load of mistakes and learn in the worst possible situation. I’ve learned so much from these mistakes and seeing mistakes and how not to do things around me.

What advise do you give companies going to the fringe?

If it’s your first time? I’d say don’t listen to what most people say. Most people will say don’t get pissed and whatnot. I’d say do it, drink every night, go to parties, meet loads of people, see loads of stuff. Chances are you’re not gonna get picked up in your first year, so just really be in the moment and enjoy it. Your part of the biggest arts festival in the world. It’s such a special feeling. Especially the first time you do it, it’s electric. And you just never know who you’re going to speak to a 4 in the morning after your eleventh cinzano and lemonade.

You have a theatre company based at The Bedford in Balham, what made you set up Theatre N16? What is N16 ethos?

I’ve always talked about having a pub theatre for years. I worked for a golf club for years and used to produce theatre in it’s clubhouse so I’ve always known the restrictions and the skillset you need to manage a building that might not necessarily ‘get’ theatre. I worked for another theatre on their management team for a year and decided I’d picked up enough skills and ideas and could do it myself, so that’s where N16 came about. Myself and a few other creatives opened it up for a short time in Stoke Newington (where the N16 comes from) and the idea was to provide a space that kept overheads as low as possible and that’s basically what it’s about. We believe in everyone being paid fairly, all of our staff are paid, we don’t run on volunteers like other places and we signed Equity’s fringe agreement too recently. Again reiterating what I said before, I’ve always had a knack of finding money and making work through hard work. N16 is an accumulation of that.

You promote allot of new writing, what about new writing excites you?

I like text and you just know when you read something that could be brilliant. As a producer on the hunt for the next big thing is an exciting prospect. I want to find the next Luke Barnes or Alistair Mcdowell. (Both Northern lads may I add)

You just signed a agreement with payment for fringe artists , kudos, what other issues do you think are most prevalent in the industry at the moment?

Issues is a tough word isn’t it. I think there’s many problems in the industry at the minute that lots of people are working extremely hard to solve, gender equality being a massive one but that’s obviously not just this industry. If anything I’d say our industry is at the forefront of trying to change things with loud voices speaking out and doing so much to make a difference.

You have been supporting Actor Awareness, firstly thank you and secondly why do you think it is important to offer your support? How do you feel about diversity especially working class actors?

I’m from a real working class area and it’s blindingly obvious that the people currently in power don’t give a flying fuck about any of us plebians. I think pushing working class people and trying to get them on a level playing field is something that has to be done. Diversity across all platforms of storytelling is a must for proper balanced work to breakout. I’m a massive fighter for this idea and will continue to be so. However sometimes if you just step back, see what you are trying to do, realise you’re white, male, live in the UK and look at what’s happening all over the world- it makes you push a little harder and continuously appreciate what you have, over what you don’t have.

Thank you Jaime for your time.

Readers DO go visit Theatre N16, they have fab new writing and plays being produced as well a literacy department for budding writers, where you can get feedback on your play. Jaime is the very essence of Actor Awareness, a northern working class lad pushing for a diverse theatre forefront.

Events

Scratch Night

The LGBT scratch was a great success. A review was written up by @Londontheatre1 here http://www.londontheatre1.com/news/133679/actor-awareness-lgbt-scratch-night/

Big thanks to everyone in the LGBT for making it a success to all the writers, directors, actors, tech team and theatre involved. Time to make it happen again, this time at fab fringe venue in Balham, under the theme of health.

HEALTH NIGHT! Jeremy Hunt, George Osborne and David Cameron are casting a huge shadow on our health system, with ludicrous cuts the NHS, the junior doctors walkout and of course the recent disability cuts in the budget. In light of this, the next Actor Awareness scratch night theme is Health Night. The interpretation of the theme is down to you and an interesting subject to explore, all shows must be no more than 15 mins and the submission deadline is 30th of April.

This will take place at Theatre N16 on the 30th of May. All shows selected for the scratch night will then have the opportunity to develop the show into a full length piece and have a 2 night slot in Theatre N16 in August! So if your an actor, director or writer come get involved and send all submissions to Steph at tanheartssteph@gmail.com please read the rules and regulations before submitting here http://www.actorawareness.co.uk/p/scratch-nights.html

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ACTOR AWARENESS LAUNCH PARTY

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AUDITIONS! So Actor Awareness will be holding the official launch party/ fundraiser and we are looking for a variety of acts to perform in the night. Singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, sketch peices, any sort of act to take part in what promises to be an incredible night. Auditions will be held at The Canal Cafe on May 1st, if you would like to audition and be involved email tomstocks0805@gmail.com

We also have a great competition coming up with CCP so keep your eyes peeled.

Writer’s Nights

These will continue monthly. To be added to the mailing list for notification of time and place please email tanheartssteph@gmail.com. An informal sharing of ideas, plays (stage,film, tv , sketch or radio). Hosted by a guest writer each month. £8 for a session which runs 7-9.30pm. April TBC. Please follow @steffieegg12 for updates or join Actor Awareness group on Facebook.

Theatre on The Cheap

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Theatre N16 have Loads of plays that will be worth a trip.

Monday 18th April – Thursday 5th May (No Fir or Sat) £8-£14

Theatre N16 produce the premiere of Martin McNamara’s play.

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IRA bomb London Pubs. Paul Hill arrested. Miscarriage of justice. 

His story.

Thanks to London Metropolitan University  ‘Archive of the Irish in Britain’, from the Irish Studies Centre.

Directed by Jamie Eastlake

Don’t Miss THIS!!!!

‘Danny and The Deep Blue Sea’ 3rd April – 14th April @7.15pm, £12/£10

From the writer of the Tony award and Pulitzer Prize winning play Doubt. A fierce dance of the displaced, Theatrum Veritatus brings an explosive, deeply affecting study of alienation and the redemptive power of love.  Two castaways fight their way to each other and cling violently in a sea of hardship for a chance at the happiness afforded to most but denied to them.

Hampstead Theatre

‘Reasons to be Happy’ 17th March – 23rd April, £10-£35

written by Neil Labute, Directed by Michael Attenborough

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Three years after a difficult breakup, Steph and Greg are wondering if they can start over again. The trouble is, she’s now married to someone else and he’s started a relationship with Carly – her best friend. Meanwhile, Carly’s ex-husband, Kent, wants her back, even more so when he hears about her new romance with Greg – his best friend.

With emotions running high, all four soon find themselves entangled in a web of hidden agendas, half-truths and confusion as they desperately search for that most elusive goal in life: happiness.

Grab a £10 ticket and watch Neil Labute’s tribute to ‘Reasons to be Pretty” Collaborating with the reknowned Attenborough again, it’ll be worth the trip.

The Bush

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“Right Now’ 30th March-16th April, £15-£30, Saturday Matinees (2,9,16th) £15

As Alice and Ben settle into their beautiful new flat they realise that the family across the hall hope to be more than just good neighbours. 

Soon, Juliette, Gilles, and their son François are wearing out the welcome mat; suggesting drinks, hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Things begin to heat up as innocent invitations lead to passionate encounters and unsettling revelations.

Written by award-winning Quebecois playwright Catherine-Anne Toupin, Right Now is a play with a dark heart, a disquieting exploration of one woman’s crisis and darkest desires. It walks a delicate line between playful laughter and deep trauma, teasing and thrilling audiences from beginning to end.

Directed by Michael Boyd, former Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

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‘Nothing’  14-17th April, £10/£6

When teenager Pierre Anthon cheerfully announces that nothing in life has meaning, his friends decide to prove him wrong. Fearful he might in fact be right, their desperate actions spiral out of control and lead to terrifying consequences.

Following the sell-out success of BRINK, the Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company returns in collaboration with director Bryony Shanahan and writer Amanda Dalton. Powerful and unsettling, this brand new adaptation of Janne Teller’s novel is a UK stage premiere.

Written in 2000 and translated in 2010, NOTHING caused widespread controversy in its native Denmark, receiving great critical acclaim, winning numerous awards, and simultaneously being banned in many schools and libraries.

BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833

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Last but not least, I thought I’d tell you about a play that I have written and will be producing with my partner in crime Emelia Marshall Lovsey. We formed our theatre company at the beginning of the year and our first play will be shown at Theatre N16 in Balham for 2 nights (3,4th August) as Edinburgh previews. We then take the play to Edinburgh 21-27th to be performed at The Space UK, Surgeons hall.

Theatre4thought’s aim is to produce thought provoking provocative theatre, we aim to not shy away from the things that people feel they shouldn’t say and look to examine people and relationships at a raw human level. When you leave we hope you leave thinking.

‘The Monologues of a Tired Nurse’ is a play based around 2 nurses at polar opposites in their careers. It links the nurses stories together around an event that changes their lives forever. A true honest look at the NHS from the inside out showing, how cuts run deep.

Please support our new theatre and come see our play!

Tickets available here :   http://www.theatren16.co.uk/#!Monologues of a Tired Nurse/zoom/cpax/dataItem-imnnjs60

Rosemary Akinola

 

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South Londoner. Will work for food. Favourite colour red. Loves dogs more than cats. Kinda funny.

I first met Rosemary in the halls of Rada, while we were paying our extortionate fee to stand in front of 2 people for about 10 minutes, we bonded over perspiration and sheer love of our craft and also a determination that drama school wouldn’t stop us doing what we love. I’ve been following her and recently saw her face adorning Tricycle theatre. Here Rosemary answer some questions.

When did you first realise you wanted to be an actor ?


Probably when I was around 7 when I did a school play. But I didn’t really take it seriously until I was around 19. Then I was like OK this is the career I want to pursue.

What inspired you ?

That’s such a big question. Urm lots of different things. I guess the main thing that inspires is the love for what I do. I think people, experiences and stories inspire me. There isn’t just one thing.

What excites you and attracts you to theatre?

The story. The performers. The set. I think I’m always interested to see bits of theatre that have a provocative story or if the direction is innovative.

As an actor what qualities do you think are imperative ?


A Peaceful Mind – because this business of acting can be stressful. Keep Calm.

Courage – because it requires you to WORK, FAIL, LEARN and REPEAT.

Entrepreneurship – because being an actor is being self-employed so know your damn business and know what you are selling!

Self Awareness – check your wellbeing: mentally, spiritually, emotionally and financially. Take care of yourself. Your journey and is your own and no one else’s so be kind to you.

You were recently at the Tricycle theatre performing can you tell us more about that? 

Yes so it was an immersive show called Switch. The story is about a post-apocalyptic world where people can no longer thrive on earth so they are choosing to be plugged into a virtual world. I think the development show was somewhat difficult at the beginning because it was a devised as well as immersive with a cast of about 22 people. The process literally was something like: Devise it. Write it. Create it. Play with it. Rehearse. Cut. Edit. Rehearse. Rehearse with audience. Cut. Change. Rehearse.  Create. Rehearse. Rehearse. (Panic – that was me). Perform!

The ending changed every night because it was based on the decision of the audience. It was an incredible experience because the audience where so engaged in what was going on and the feedback was brilliant. We learnt a lot during those audience runs. We were so happy that our audience felt encouraged to participate. It sold out so fast so we’re putting it on again in the summer!


As a black actor what challenges do you face? 


I feel that Black women are constantly in a fight to be seen for roles where the colour of the character is unspecified but don’t get the chance to audition, or go up for those roles because the default race to any unspecified character is always white. I probably don’t get as many opportunities for jobs and auditions as my white counterparts. I think Colorism is another issue I guess. Sometimes they would cast a mixed or lighter skinned black actress who has more European features because they fit the “beauty ideal”. Also having to play stereotypes that are perpetuate a negative image of black women grinds my gears – like I don’t mind playing a bad character but the story has to be there. I don’t want caricatures.

What are your views on drama school training? It is a expensive and competitive avenue, what is your advise and opinion for those who don’t get in? 

I did a year course at Rose Bruford but I haven’t done a three year degree and I was only able to go on a full bursary. I think it is expensive and it is competitive but I wouldn’t rule it out. I think make sure you know why you’re going, what you plan to attain, and understand that it is work like anything else. It’s a good way to learn and grow as a professional but it’s not the only way. There are so many places to train that have courses that are part time, full time and seasonal. There are masterclasses, workshops, seminars, talks, events. I mean there are opportunities to development outside of “drama school” if you look for them. There are teachers at drama schools who work freelance so they are probably teaching in other places as well. I think once you’ve done your research and spoken to a lot of people you will find that there are a ton of resources out there especially in a city like London.

More and more actors are writing and producing their own work, do you think this is the way forward?

I think that’s the way it going – creating your own content. It’s the way to be heard, seen and not bored to death. As an actor you don’t really get that much creative control and a lot of it is waiting around but when you write or produce, well, then you get to tell your own story which is very empowering as a performer and keeps you proactive. Yeah, do it! Make it!


What work would you love to create? Or projects your have at the moment ? 


Possibly a one woman show at some point. I wanted to make a short film about a piece of bacon and an egg on the run from being eaten, but then I realised I was hungry and hadn’t had breakfast!! but wouldn’t that be an awesome debut?!

Actor awareness is about Diversity, with the media and our ethos empathising ‘not enough working class representation’ what are your thoughts?

I think the initiative is great. Acting, like any art, is not about class. It’s for everyone.

Muvahood

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MUVVAHOOD is a one woman, verbatim show. It’s researched, developed, written and performed by Libby Liburd, and directed by Julie Addy.
In the UK there are around 2 million single parents. The vast majority – more than 9 out of 10 single parents – are mothers. Libby is one of them.
Funny, frank and authentic, collated from hours of interviews with single mothers, MUVVAHOOD explores the specific emotional and economic realities of being a woman raising your children alone in London today.
“Affecting…a stark reminder that, as well as being subject to cultural and implicit discrimination, women still face explicit material and institutional discrimination in housing and welfare” Exeunt Magazine (scratch showing 2015)

The first work-in-progress performance of MUVVAHOOD is at Camden People’s Theatre on Sunday 13th March at 6pm, part of the Sprint 16 Festival.
A second performance is at the Tristan Bates Theatre on Monday 11th April at 7pm as part of their First Festival of Solo Performances.

To book tickets for the Camden People’s Theatre show, please follow the link: http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/production/muvvahood
To book tickets for the Tristan Bates show, please follow the link: http://tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/first-2016–muvvahood

Adi Aifa

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So Adi what inspired you to act?
I get asked that question a lot, and I think I was inspired by the magic of it all. I have loved performing since my first ballet class aged 5. From then I found a love of acting as a means of escape from reality. In my characters lives I could become anyone I wanted to.

You have a wide range of experience, but you seem to lend towards film, what makes film special to you?
I love to watch film and I love to make film. I think it’s because the stories resonate with an audience deeper on film. I love to tell stories through film, develop my characters…I love everything about film-the marriage of the actors, the story, the beautiful shots and the compelling music.

You made a short film recently, can you tell our readers a bit about it? What is the message? Why you wanted to make it? where the idea came from?
I had the idea a long time ago. My first reason was that I wanted to create something that would show off my skill set as an actress and challenge me, but also, most importantly I wanted strong female leads. The story is based around some issues I have experienced directly or issues that have effected people I know. I knew that I wanted to write a story that made an impact, that made people ask questions and ultimately wanted to know more…

What did you find most challenging about the filming progress?
There are often challenges in anything we pursue. But I’d say the most challenging aspects where keeping to time schedules and working with the unpredictable outdoor weather conditions which effects light and sound. I’d also say getting everyone available to film at the same time was a challenges. Hence why the film is yet to be completed.

Did you fund the film yourself? You got some money rom Kickstarter, was this a good resource?
I did fund the film myself, along with the help of Kickstarter and I would definitely recommend it to independent film makers. The one thing which surprised me, was how many people believed in me and my idea.

Did you have any particular problems that you had to solve while making your short?
When filming there are sometimes small problems such as perhaps continuity issues, or equipment failing. We had a few issues with sound and had to ADR some scenes. Apart from that the film has been an absolute dream.

You won a award for Best Actress NAFCA (African Oscars) For your part in Ortega and His Enemies as Diaspora 2014. This must have felt good!
Yes! It was a very sureal moment. I didn’t expect to win as I up against some experienced and known actresses. But it’s such a wonderful feeling to be recognised as being good at something you’re passionate about and you believe in.

At the Oscars recently there was a distinct lack of diversity in the nominees, how do you feel about this?
I think it’s good that people are talking about it, and I do feel that the oscars has not made a true representation of the diverse talent that’s out there. but I also worry that because of the uproar they may feel pressure to nominate and award black and ethnic minorities just so they don’t get back lash from the public. That would not be helpful at all. I have though lost a lot of respect for the oscars, the debate has brought to light how many flaws there are in its process.
How do you feel the industry needs to address the issue of recognising and creating opportunities for all ethitcies
I like the thought of having colour blind casting. I like that anybody of any ethnicity or gender could play a certain role and not be asked questions. It would be nice to not be stereotyped into a role, it would be nice if mainstream a media outlets considered the talent and work from all ethnicities. We need to be positively and properly represented on the screens and on stage. Can we not see colour for little bit??

Tom’s the Word

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Another busy and exciting month for Actor Awareness. Starting off with the incredible success of Women’s Night where 7 shows written and directed by an array of fantastic female talent. The night was a completely sold out, the audience was filled with agents, producers and directors. 1 show is off to Edinburgh fringe and 2 others received strong interest to be funded, expanded and taken into various venues. All 7 shows went down a treat, because of the talent on display all the shows are being expanded, will be taken on by The Canal Cafe – to be in the Actor Awareness season where they will do a full run of each show. On the same note preparations for the LGBT night are in full swing and the 6 incredible shows will be ready for the 15th of March in The Bread and Roses Theatre. Tickets are now on sale so please come and support http://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/actor-awareness.html

 Also this month I got interviewed by The Observer newspaper about the rise of Actor Awareness which should be published this month, which is very exciting and keeps giving more publicity to the ever growing campaign. We also very excited to have acquired a new member to the team in the form of Adam Morley, who is our new executive producer. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the campaign.  The documentary with Inside Film is heading into a string of exciting interviews, we interviewed John Challis earlier in the month and he gave an incredible, in-depth insight to his success with Only Fool and Horses. He also gave a very interesting look into the history of TV and theatre, also how much it his changed from when he started out. In March we are holding a very exciting interview with Sir Peter Bazalgette, Arts Council chairman and now new ITV chairman. All in all a very exciting busy month ahead with the campaign.