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Prof. Connection 2

Hello again!
I’m on a train from Charing Cross back to Kent after the fourth acting session with Tony Middleton from Professional Connection. I realise I’ve only told you about the first session, which again tells me how rubbish I am at updating this blog!

In the last few weeks we’ve had an extremely tense and emotional session exploring and interpreting each others physicality and thoughts/reactions, we’ve rehearsed a few scenes from a new play with the playwright present (eeeeek) and at the end of last week’s session we were given homework.

This homework has haunted me for the last seven days…

We were given questions to answer from an observation of someone. Pretty straight forward. The bit that made me nervy is the bit about using these characters through improvisation. I am so glad I forced myself to go because it was an amazing session.

The actors I’m working with are wonderful and they are all very supportive of each other. It’s an open space where you feel safe enough to explore freely, without worrying that you’ll make an idiot of yourself! Refreshing! They’re all extremely skilled and professional and a great joy to work with!

The characters that were created in our rehearsal space today are worthy of their own production, and it is really sad to see them go. I’d go into detail, but I might just use them all in a play myself. I’ll let you know if they come back to life. 😉

Once again I’ve come out full of enthusiasm and inspiration. I don’t want this workshop to end.
Heidi xxx

Professional Connection

It’s Saturday morning, 5th November, and I’ve just attended an acting course in London.
After having spent so many years directing and teaching acting, I felt a great need to go through some professional development and get some new ideas. After searching through the Internet, I discovered a real lack of opportunity for this locally and in London, especially for the sort of money I could afford.
I did however find Professional Connection, which offered just what I was looking for, a 5 week acting course for professional actors, to brush up on skills and to enable out-of-work professionals to work with others in the same position. I booked on before I had time to chicken out. :-S
So on Saturday morning, 5th November, I got on a train to London. When I got there I met the director, Anthony Middleton, and six other actors. It was very comforting to discover that we were all terrified, not just me.
We spent the next two hours, doing exercises that took me back to my drama-school days. Proper warm-ups, zip zap Boing, vocal work, throwing balls etc.
Today’s class focused on Shakespeare, so I was in my element. We worked on one speech, from Midsummer Night’s Dream, for over an hour, and we all performed it twice for the others. Once, then a second time after being given direction.
I’ve left the class feeling more confident and excited about Boffo’s future and I’ve met some very lovely and talented people. I can’t wait for next Saturday!
Heidi xxx

It has started!

Hello everyone!
Once again it has been awhile since we’ve written anything, and things have happened. Nothing life-changing, but still. We’ve finally finalised our battle-plan, so we go towards Christmas with a clear idea of what we want to achieve with our little theatre company.

We are still choosing plays for our first season. It’s taking a lot longer than we expected, but we don’t want to rush into anything. We’d rather take our time picking one so we know it’s the right one.
We are planning acting courses that we are aiming to offer from next summer onwards, and that fills us with excitement! Again, takes a lot of planning to get it right.

In the meantime, we’ve kept ourselves busy. I taught a workshop for children at the Oxford Playhouse for the first time a few weeks ago. Despite the awful journey there and back it was worth it purely to work in a bright open space with lots of imaginative children.

This morning I travelled to London to take part in an acting course for professional actors. It was a relief to find wonderful, open people to work with and a very kind director helping us brush up on our skills. I’m writing this on the train back to Kent, so I apologise for the quality of these scribbles!

My wonderful youth group had their opening night last night, performing a children’s play about a journey to find toys. They’ve worked on this play since this spring, and a lot of hard work has been into it. 5 more shows and it’s all over.
On that depressed note, I’ll say goodbye/ha det for now and I will endeavour to bore you more often.
Sweet daydreams!
Heidi xxx