London International Mime Festival 2019

London International Mime Festival takes place this January and February at venues across London. The festival is a great showcase for the very best international contemporary visual theatre, with a programme incorporating cutting edge circus-theatre, mask, physical theatre, object theatre and puppetry from all over the world. This year’s programme features exciting new work from Gecko, Peeping Tom and Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley.

Mime all began in Greece, at the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens. Actors wore masks and performed outdoors, before audiences of 10,000 or more, at festivals to honour the God of theatre, Dionysus. When the Romans conquered Greece, they took mime back to Italy, and found ways to make it their own. This is when comedy and tragedy developed.

Mime continued to grow throughout the Middle Ages, and in Italy early 1500's, Commedia dell'Arte emerged. Acrobatic street performers began wearing masks with exaggerated comical features, made to draw attention to the performers. The characters they created became known as Zanni. In 1576, a company of Italians led by Flamino Scala travelled to France, where mime became extremely popular. 

Nearly two and a half centuries later, in 1811, Jean Gaspard Batiste Deburau - an acrobatic street performer - introduced the lovesick  character Pierrot to French theatre, which changed mime from what it was then to the art form it is known as today. After the WWI, many other famous mime artists found fame, including Charles Dullin, Etienne Decroux and Jean-Louis Barrault, with Marcel Marceau coming around after WWII. 

The silent film era began in the 1890s, before it was replaced by 'talking film' in the late 1920s. A lot of the time in silent films they used title cards so they could tell the viewers what was happening in more detail.


Acting Workshop for Choreographers

International Physical Theatre Workshop is the international residential workshop open for practicing choreographers interested in developing their skills, exposing to new ideas and methodologies, refreshing what already is known and experience international context of creative process.

The program includes intensive practical training, lectures and discussions.

This workshop will introduce some of the most effective techniques and approaches towards contemporary performance making in the context of the short rehearsal time and multicultural aspect of the creative team.

Choreographers will participate in the practical process together with dancers, actors and directors.

The workshop is highly recommended to choreographers interested in learning about the ensemble building, structuring the rehearsal process, methods of creative process stimulation and performers motivation.

If you wish to get exposed to new techniques and methodologies, and ultimately, to network with practitioners from different countries and establish future creative partnerships with like-minded people - join us!

How to Act (2): Theatre actors share their secrets

Miriam Margolyes has worked at the RSC and in the West End; she has been touring her one-woman show about Charles Dickens and his female characters since 1989. Films include The Age of Innocence and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

She doesn't see any difference between amateurs and professionals – so she would give her tips, such as they are, to anybody. The aim of any actor is the same: to tell the truth in such a way that people will be entertained, uplifted and surprised.

Listen before anything else. Read the text over and over again, and make sure you know the lines. Go and see other performances, and be critical about them: work out whether you'd have smiled in that place, or turned your head at that moment.

Never show off. You can sometimes come to a particular point in a show and think, "I'm really good in this bit." Never, ever think that. Never read reviews. She hasn’t read hers since she was in rep.

Never know more than your character knows. She isn't talking about research; she means that when you are performing, you must stay inside the truth of your character. Don't signpost to an audience what they should be thinking.

And the most important thing is to breathe. If you stop breathing properly, you get a sore throat. And if you stop breathing, you die.

Lighting and Sound Design Workshops for Actors and Theatre Directors

Are you an actor who has wanted to light or sound design your own performances but you didn't have the skill set? Or maybe you're a director who has had difficulty conveying your vision to designers and technicians because you didn't know the lingo, a performer who didn't know how to communicate an idea to the creative team, or a producer who has been unsure of what to include in your technical budget. 

To remedy the technical knowledge gap in performance, Part of the Main presents new initiative Part of the Grid: affordable, practical lighting & sound design workshops at the Drayton Arms Theatre. Beginners welcome!

In these day-long courses, students will learn the basics of theory, safety, and delivery of lighting and sound design, as well as the jargon used by professional designers. Students will be taught by professional lighting and sound designer Will Alder, whose designs have been seen and heard everywhere from the West End to Theatre503 to the Royal Academy of Ballet, and from Ireland to Saudi Arabia. Students will also receive a custom handbook that they can write in and take home for use in future projects. 

Courses are £40/day, £60/both, but are just £30/day or £50/both for City Acting students. City Acting students can even use exclusive code DESIGN5 for a £5 discount. Each course comes with a handbook.

Tickets available on the Drayton Arms website: 


How to Act : Stage Stars Share Their Acting Tips

What makes a great stage actor? We wish we followed these rules all the time when we act. The truth is, you really learn these things by doing it: "acting" means putting it all into action. Here’s a few tips from Niamh Cusack who has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre and the Old Vic London.

Trust your playwright. If he or she is a great one, most of the work will have been done for you. Read the play at least three times out loud before standing it on its feet. A lot of the blocking (the positioning of the actors on stage) will come out of understanding what your characters want, and from whom.

Listen to the person who's talking – unless your character isn't listening to them. Don't be afraid to make an eejit of yourself. Change the look in the other person's eye. If it's in verse, paraphrase it first. Keep it simple. Remember that most characters use words to affect, connect with or change the other person. Finally, always remember it’s only a play !

Fat Rascal Theatre Company and Acting Workshops

Fat Rascal Theatre was set up in 2016 by a group of East 15 graduates. Since then they have quickly established ourselves as a home for new musical theatre, having produced 5 brand-new musicals in the space of two years. They are a company run by women; they challenge the constraints of being a female within the industry, and discuss social and political issues through an accessible and appealing format to engage a wider audience. They are supported by the English Touring Theatre and are an Associate Company of the King’s Head Theatre in London.

Fat Rascal has so far won the Otherplace/Balkan Award at Brighton Fringe, VAULT festival’s Festival Spirit Award, an Eddies Award, Fairy Powered Productions’ Best New Writing Award and the Stella Wilkie Award from the King’s Head Theatre, alongside garnering an Edinburgh Fringe Sellout Laurel. They were nominated for the Les Enfants Terribles Award in both 2016 and 2017 and received an Off West End Award nomination for their production of Beauty and the Beast: A Musical Parody.

Fat Rascal wants to create theatre which people are going to want to see for fun, and they want them to leave having had a great time, but also feeling ready to take on the world. They believe that theatre should always aim to inspire, educate or liberate and should be available to everybody.

Fat Rascal Theatre are able to lead workshops for all ages. Their acting  workshops are varied and can be tailored to suit you. From devised theatre and physical comedy, creating a show, writing and composition, to budgeting and taking a show to Edinburgh Fringe. 

The Actor's Take, a showreel program for actors in North London

Founded by Martin-Christopher Bode, Still Space Studio is a London based acting studio with a modern, holistic approach. Still Space Studio teaches various acting methods such as the MEISNER, UTA HAGEN,  STRASBERG, STANISLAVSKY, and the TRAVIS TECHNIQUE. Whilst it is clearly valuable to develop techniques, unlike other approaches they do not focus on the actor being bound to one technique and its conceptual limits.

The center of their teaching is always the individual person. They use acting techniques to develop and strengthen certain abilities in the person, and to grow the individual. They do not breed acting technicians. They want your work to become an expression of yourself and not of a method. This is Still Space Studio’s distinctive and effective teaching approach. Still Space Studio helps actors to achieve inner wellbeing and true confidence through meditation practice and personal guidance. It is their goal to make you an authentic force in your acting and in your life.

The Actor's Take is a 5 day showreel program for actors. In
this dynamic and engaging workshop, actors collaborate with industry
professionals and get personal coaching, a high-end showreel scene, dialect coaching and professional head shots.

Date:  7th November - 11th November 2018
Cost: All inclusive for  £800

For City Acting students £50 discount on the workshop with discount code: 6NQT96C

Free stunts introductory workshop open to anyone

FREE Workshop seats (up to 20) on a first come first served basis for ACCESS ACTION a Stunts introductory workshop open to anyone interested in the dynamic world of action stunts for the film, tv, stage and events industry.
Screen Nation Media, one of the UK's leading arts & creative industries education institutions committed to innovative learning, diversity & inclusion presents ACCESS ACTION a Stunts introductory workshop open to anyone interested in the dynamic world of action stunts for the film, tv, stage and events industry.

Together with top industry partners, Screen Nation Media has created a first of its kind event backed by BAFTA, Film London Equal Access Network and ScreenSkills which whilst open to all has a focus on increasing BAME and female participation in this important craft area. Special appearance from Amanda Foster, the UK's first black stuntwoman and stunt double for Halle Berry, Beyonce, Angela Bassett and more.

They have had an incredible reaction to the event from both the industry and participants and have taken bookings from  Actors, Supporting Artists, Filmmakers, Producers, Directors, DP's, Martial Artists, Athletes, Gymnasts and even ex-Forces personnel who are all keenly interested in getting involved in or learning more about the world of Action Stunt work for Film & TV.
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Theatre & Dance Scholarships IUGTE 2018

There are several scholarships available for actors, dancers, directors, choreographers and students for participation in the International Physical Theatre Lab and International Performing Arts Conference "Theatre between Tradition and Contemporaneity" which will be happening from 13 to 21 of December, 2018 in Austria!

Last year the Conference connected Speakers and participants from over 40 countries! IUGTE supports artists' creative exchange and enhances opportunities to share their ideas with the world. We would be glad to discuss all opportunities for your group to join this memorable meeting in Austria this December!

The Ostrenko Brothers Sergei and Gennady Ostrenko, were born in Soviet Union, they currently live in European Union. The principal aim of their courses is to focus students in a critical and practical engagement upon the theatrical strategies of key Russian practitioners from the 20th Century. Primarily, Vs. Meyerhold, M. Chekhov, and K. Stanislavsky.

The Ostrenko Brothers are known world-wide for their activities in the field of theatre directing, movement directing, choreography and actors training. Their method is a systematic approach to performance, which generates innovative productions utilising concepts, ideas, and existing play-texts.

Besides being professional theatre directors, they have teaching experience in the performing arts sector, they have hold numerous educational courses, master-classes, workshops and labs with international groups of directors, choreographers, dancers, actors and circus performers. In these educational programmes, the Ostrenko Brothers share their knowledge on “How to stage a performance” and other “secret” tips and tools that can help professional directors and performers to make their shows unforgettable. 


Clapham Fringe Theatre 27th Sept - 14th Oct

The Clapham Fringe is being held at The Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham from 27th Sept - 14th October 2018. 

Now in its fourth year, the Clapham Fringe is a Performing Arts Festival taking place at The Bread & Roses Theatre from 27th September to 14th October 2018. With 23 different productions and 48 performances altogether, over three weeks the Clapham Fringe will host a variety of performances including theatre, comedy, storytelling and cabaret.

This is a great opportunity to discover and experience an exciting lineup of performances in the vibrant South West London area, plus check us out to see if this is an event you might be interested in bringing your own show to!

A 40 to 60 seat fringe venue above The Bread & Roses Pub, the theatre programs a wide-spread variety of productions for local as well as far-reaching audiences. Artistic quality, equality and diversity are at the forefront of the theatre's programming, which features visiting companies as well as in-house productions, with a focus on new writing, underrepresented voices and distinctive work.

The theatre has worked with award-winning ensembles with decades of experience but also frequently welcomes emerging companies taking their first steps and supports theatre-makers by providing box office split deals with no hidden fees. The programme includes new writing, contemporary revivals, reinvented classics and occasionally also devised work, improvisational theatre, comedy events, family shows and physical theatre.