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LGBT Scratch Night at The Bread and Roses Theatre

So every month we hold  a scratch night of new material, actors, writers and directors get a chance to showcase their work to an audience. At the last few scratch nights we have had directors, agents and producers come and the interest in the events is gathering momentum. If you follow our Twitter @actorawareness or our Facebook page, you can keep up to date with the next scratch nights, submission opening and deadlines.

LGBT night we have a line up including comedys, musicals and even a victorian piece

Book Tickets now:  http://www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/actor-awareness.html

Writers nights: Held every month in various locations. This is a informal forum for people to gather and generate ideas. It is a safe environment so people can bring an idea, a script, we can read material out or discuss ideas. Places are £8, please email tanheartssteph@gmail.com for a spot

Cabaret Night- More detail to follow but we have a very exciting event coming up!!

Film- we have several film ideas n the pipeline that hopefully we can tell you about one day soon, so keep your eyes peeled

John Byrne

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You are a performer, agent, coach and writer, that is a lot of hats, what do you love doing the most?

I think for anybody working in the arts, having to juggle a number of jobs has always been an issue-although, due to both technology the current economy it has now become something people in all walks of life have to do. For me the common factor in all the things I do is using my communication skills to help people to break through the barriers that might be holding their own artistic development back, whether that’s a kid in one of my shows who thinks he can’t draw, or an actor at one of my workshops who thinks they can’t plan their business.

When you were growing up what influenced you towards the arts?
I was always keen on books, comics, stage and screen, but I think the book which really ‘flipped the switch’ for was a book I read when I was about 13 on the making of the original Star Trek TV series. It had interviews with actors, writers, set designers…all very commonplace in books these days but a revelation back then….and I suddenly realised that a) real people made these productions and b) I could be one of those people. I’ve been involved in many and various radio, TV and stage productions since then but I sometimes still feel like that 13 year old who is in wonderment that he is now behind the scenes like the people I used to read about.

What excites you about theatre?
Even with all the advantages of new technology, there are still a lot of practical hoops to jump through to get work on screen, whereas not only is there something very collaborative and ‘instant’ about theatre-even when it has been in rehearsals for weeks!-but it has the magic that it is different every time you do it.

What do you feel is a real and current issue within the industry right now? You have been supporting Actor awareness, firstly thank you and secondly what do you feel about Actor Awareness as a campaign?

For me, inclusivity is the biggest issue in the industry right now… but to be honest I think it has always been an issue, it is just that the internet and new media has given it a voice. As Lucille Ball (who most people remember as a comedian but who was also the first woman to ever head up a major American production company) said ‘Ability without Opportunity doesn’t amount to much.’ I don’t think it is an ‘anti-posh’ or ‘anti-men’ or ‘anti-white’ issue I can think of many ‘posh white male’ actors who are deservedly successful because they are undeniably talented, who work hard and who give back, and fair play to them-the problem is more that the initial opportunities to get going in the industry aren’t as easily available to some as to others, and I think this is the area where we all need to work towards a positive expansion. For me one of the most encouraging developments of the Actors Awareness campaign are initiatives like the scratch nights, so that as well as raising the issue of opportunity, the campaign is actively creating opportunity.

When you coach actors what’s your top tip?
Every actor is different but one of the really important steps for all of us is to work out what in our careers is inside our control and what is outside and making the commitment to work consistently on the stuff we have control over, while forming positive alliances and relationships to help get some leverage on the rest.

What do you feel about drama schools, the inequality (in some peoples opinion) in uni trained and drama school trained students? Drama school fees? Drama school showcases? The fact more and more drama school want to drop out of the accredited system, meaning finance will be available to less?
I always say that while training of any sort never guarantees success in this business, and there have always been successful ‘self taught’ actors, it’s a hard enough business at the best of times that proper training is big advantage-so not having access to training is by implication a disadvantage. Talent is obviously an accident of birth, which actors don’t have control over, as indeed is the social and financial situation they are born into. Hard work is something they do have control over, and in the movies that should be enough in itself to achieve their goals, but in real life , we still need to work towards a more level playing field to enable every actor to have an equal chance of benefitting from their hard work in both the training and career situations.

Thank you John for you time, here John has given us lots of words of wisdom and food for thought.

Instinct Theatre

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Lily Driver

Lily founded Instinct Theatre in 2014, directing and producing the companies sell out run of No Exit. She continues to co- run the business with Felicity Huxley Miners, and is delighted to be acting in their project ‘The Shakespeare Collections.’
Lily has recently co-written and will be acting in contemporary dark comedy, ‘Stench’. To run Feb 10th -12th in The London Theatre in New Cross.
Before Instinct theatre Lily involved herself in short acting courses at Lamda and studied acting at Italia Conti Academy. Lily is currently with 1st Talent Agency. She has been in several productions, her favourites include playing Eva in Accrington Pals and Ariel in The Tempest. Lily has also completed her 8 Lamda exams, including a distinction in Grade 8.
Felicity Huxley-Miners

Felicity played Inez in Sartre’s No Exit in 2014. She now co-runs Instinct Theatre with Lily Driver, acting and producing in The Shakespeare Collections. Felicity then went on to co-write ‘Stench.’ To be performed in New Cross at The London Theatre.
She trained at The BRIT School studying Musical Theatre before spending a year training at Italia Conti in Acting and is a member of the National Youth Theatre.
She has worked in a various theatre productions from Shakespeare to modern immersive and has also done a variety of film work. Favourite credits include a campaign for Vauxhall, Martha in The Cat’s Pyjamas with The London Showcase and corporate work for the RAF and NHS.

Instinct Theatre’s play Stench is about Kate, Beck and Tilly. They are three young women in their twenties, planning a quiet night together in their flat. However when Kate’s brother turns up and invites an unwelcome guest into their midst they really get the party going and things rapidly spiral out of control. As the second act opens events take a turn for the worse and soon the dynamic shifts, revealing far more about each character than they intended.

Instinct theatre also run ‘The Shakespeare collections’

The Shakespeare Collections are workshops and revision classes that focus on the GCSE Shakespeare plays. Each workshop is 90 minutes, and studies the text from a practical approach. Activities include focusing on the plot, key characters, and exam questions, and Instinct Theatre performing key scenes in classical text and in the modern translation

LIly and Felicity’s Theatre company, ideas and goals are growing, 2016 hopes to be a fantastic year. They our offering our Actor Awareness readers a offer on booking for their new play ‘Stench” please follow my page @steffieegg12 for the theatre discount code which will be available soon.

BOOK TICKETS for Stench with their 10% discount code. Go to the day which you want to book through correct link and claim your discount for some top theatre.

Wed 10th- http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/U3h5jcaA3X

Thurs 11th http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/gpYcRvBzZj

Fri 12th   http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/GGdSv9WKyA

Sat 13th (matinee) http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/3BVXrUTMbg

Sat 13th   http://www.wegottickets.com/sct/jmRajhCkzP

 

2.30 Productions

 

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2.30 was set up by actor / writers PJ Selby, Sacharissa Claxton &
Frankie Williams, with the aim of creating opportunities for
themselves and others by collaborating with new talent across the
board.

2.30 have just finished their first project, a comedy series entitled
‘Shilpa’. Look out for the trailer which will be released this month
They are now in production for their new comedy series ‘Baybes of a
Feather’ which will feature on their YouTube channel.

As well as quirky, off-the-wall comedy sketches, they are in
pre-production for three short films to be released in 2016. They are
always on the look out to collaborate with actors, writers, directors
and crew and believe networking and supporting others’ work is the way
to succeed in this industry. Follow them on twitter (@230_Productions)
and Facebook (2.30Productions) for updates, castings or just to drop
by and say hello!

2.30 productions are interested in connecting with people and sharing ideas at future scratch nights and secret film nights that we’ll be organising. So remember to look out for the Actor Awareness events and come mingle.

An actors job is ever evolving and we need to come together, collaborate and help each other in moving forward, ideas can grow with hard work, commitment and passion.