Workshop with Michal Paker

This week we were lucky to have a guest Director – Michel Paker. Michal completed an MA in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama during which she worked with children and teenagers to improve confidence using drama. Before her MA, Michal had trained in physical theatre and had spent a year in Japan teaching English … Read More

New year, new project

The start of 2018 has brought the start of a new project. We are going to continue with our theme of devised projects. This time we are looking for inspiration from the swans at Brockwell Park. We are very excited to have two students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama acting as the Artistic Directors for this … Read More

December Performance

So two public performances, our first as the Encore Theatre Company, have been and gone. Thank you for those who came to see us and for all of the wonderful feedback we have received. Performing in a space designed for learning and teaching is not so easy but we managed to get everything to look the way we wanted and … Read More

Christmas Photograph

Following our rehearsals today with gathered together to take a photograph for our Christmas card. A bit early for Christmas hats and tinsel – but worth it! You can see we are also showing off our new pull-up stands and theatre blacks which we will be using for the staging of Objets d’Art in December. Ok – time to get … Read More

Audience Participation

This week we had a run through in front of a small audience to test out our plans for audience participation, which seemed to go very well. As you can see from the pictures we are now ‘off script’ except for those who were reading in for absent colleagues. The set is still in a ‘mock up’ stage but next … Read More

Bursting out

This week we were given a relatively small meeting room to rehearse in … but we were not to be restricted in this way 🙂 Soon there were duologues all over the 4th floor of the K2 building at LSBU. As you can see in the images, we used the landings, the corridors, other meeting rooms as well as our … Read More

Take a bow the Encore Theatre Company

So, first sight of a complete script and an opportunity to run through it in reasonably close to real time. A good rehearsal. Clearly some tweaks needed here and there, and a lot for us to learn both in terms of the text and also the characters. The switch from one genre to another should be interesting for the audience … Read More

Daisy-chaining duologues

The rehearsal this week was all about getting an idea of how the duologues would ‘daisy chain’ together. It was great fun to hear everyone’s choices – such a range of genres, styles and accents! We managed everyone’s first choice and many second choices as well, so we have a good idea of what will go into the final script. … Read More

Coming of Age

At this week’s rehearsals we began to work on the duologues for Objets D’Art, testing them with different partners, and getting feedback. There was a lot of variety from Shakespeare to Groucho Marx! That in itself was a bit of a challenge. Lots of good work by everyone … and then – we had a small celebration. You can see … Read More

Starting the Objets D’Art Project

Today we launched the Objets D’Art performance project. We had a quick (and unplanned/ unrehearsed) demonstration which surprised Richard, Yvonne, Viv and Sandra to whom, many thanks. We have now got the format pretty much decided, so now it is down to the performers to decide on what they would like to perform in the way of a duologue (text, … Read More