All workshops take place at:
So & So @ The Bridge
4th Floor - Capital House
42 Weston Street
Each day of Another Kick Up The Arts will focus on a different aspect of the industry and we are offering wonderful discounts for So & So and Mandy members. It will be a bootcamp week to brush up and learn all that you need to sustain a career in the industry as it is today! The majority of workshops will involve a practical aspect for you to get your hands dirty.
Day ticket: £20 (attend any or all workshops over the course of the day)
Weekly ticket: £72 (attend any workshop you want, you could come to them all!)
Discounts for So & So and Mandy members!
For So & So members, day tickets are reduced to £15 from £20 and a ticket for the week goes from £72 to £50! Click here to retrieve the code and for more info.
For Mandy members, please contact Mandy for the code. Day tickets reduced to £18 and a ticket for the week to £64!
Monday - Acting 101
10am - 11am Charlotte Bence (Equity - Low Pay/No Pay Organiser) - Your Rights - Charlotte will discuss the trials that you may face in your first few jobs, the benefit of seeing yourself as a performer who deserves a fair wage, and how to ensure that you are treated as you should be, as well as what Equity can offer you.
11.30am - 12.30pm Abigail Longstaffe (Mandy) - The Business of Acting - Talk and Q&A focusing on advice on headshots, showreels, and voicereels; contacting casting directors and agents; tips on social media; common mistakes and pitfalls; also an exclusive offer from Mandy for all attendees.
2pm - 4pm Linzy Attenborough (film director, writer, and producer) - Acting on Camera - It's hard to watch yourself on camera but everyone must face their fears. This workshop is about empowering you to evaluate your own believability on screen. In this workshop we will be filming you on camera, watching it back with you, giving you an honest appraisal about your believability on screen and developing your screen acting technique.
4.30pm - 6pm Paul Clayton (Former Chairman - The Actors' Centre) - The Working Actor - You are an actor. You have worked hard to be an actor. You have made a considerable outlay, financially or emotionally, and often both, to do this. So do it. Do it with style. Do it wholeheartedly. Do it every day. Be a working actor. Paul will talk about finding work - the types of jobs on offer, how to track them down, and working with your agent; landing the job - nailing auditions and meetings (and how they can go wrong), and writing a winning letter; promoting yourself - compiling a showreel, building your website, choosing (and resembling!) your headshots, and networking both on - and offline; and supporting yourself -choosing a suitable day job, joining Equity, staying positive, and avoiding feeling isolated.
6.30pm - 7.30pm Simon Sharkey (Sharkey & Co Theatrical Agents) - The Agent's Role - Continuing the tradition started in 1962 by his father James, agent Simon Sharkey represents a varied list of actors and creatives, working in theatre, film, television, radio and advertising. Having been in the business in various guises for a number of decades, Simon has some very unique insights to give to those reentering the industry. Simon will be here to answer any questions you have on representation, agents, presentation, and more!
Tuesday - Making Your Own Work
10am - 11.30am Rianna Dearden (Lost Watch Theatre Company) - Performer to Producer - Rianna is a performer, theatre maker, and voice-over actor. She is Artistic Director of Lost Watch and works across theatre as an actor and producer. Rianna will be sharing her experiences of creating, performing, and producing your own work from the ground up, when resources are short and the list of ideas is long.
CANCELLED 12pm - 1pm Rebecca Byers - Marketing Your Show
1.30pm - 2.30pm Rachel Creeger (award-winning writer and director) - Everything Edinburgh! - Award-winning comedian, writer, director, speaker, and 'confident and charismatic performer' (Funny Women ★★★★), Rachel Creeger speaks about her journey as a self-promoting, self-starting comedian, who came to the arts via a non-conventional route, and has had to master all aspects of the industry in order to make the Fringe work for her.
3 - 4pm Marie McCarthy (Artistic Director - Omnibus Theatre) - Programming and Producing at the Omnibus Theatre - Marie Mcarthy will speak about her experience as AD of one of Clapham's leading fringe theatres, focusing on the following: What work does the Omnibus look to programme? How should one best frame an application to your venue? What opportunities are there for collaboration with you? Realistically, how much does it cost to put on a main slot show and a off-peak show? What do you think of the state of fringe theatre at the moment?
4pm - 5pm Adam Spreadbury-Maher (Artistic Director - King's Head Theatre) - Programming and Producing at the King's Head - Adam Spreadbury-Maher (AD) and Oscar French (Programming and Marketing Manager) will focus on the following questions: What work does the King's Head look to programme? How should one best frame an application to your venue? What opportunities are there for collaboration with you? Realistically, how much does it cost to put on a main slot show and a off-peak show? What do you think of the state of fringe theatre at the moment?
Thursday - Match-Fit (Movement, voice, sight-reading, and auditioning)
10am - 11.30am Butch Merigoni (American musician and performance artist) - Workshop/Performance - This workshop uses collaborative play as a way to practice a flexible and non-judgmental approach to performance making. Further info through the link.
12pm - 3pm Colette Thomson (Director - Footstep Productions) and Becky Wright (Actor - Nic Grundy in The Archers) - The Voice (A Producer and Actor's Perspective) and Q&A - Both Colette and Becky have prepared masterclass about what producers like to see (and hear) in voice actors, and how to present yourself to go from job to job. Becky will also speak about the many different paths open to voice artists, and the different kinds of voice work available, from computer-gaming/dubbing to adverts, to announcement work, post-production sound, to audiobooks, and what it means to be a freelance voice artist. Then, after lunch, there will be a full Q&A.
3.15pm - 4.30pm Sarah Berger (The So & So Arts Club) - Shakespeare - Sarah will lead attendees in a Shakespeare workshop calling on her 40+ years acting experience. She will teach how to really embody the text and use what Shakespeare wrote to your advantage.
4.45pm - 6pm Dave Spencer (Freelance director) - Audition Practice - Dave will work in a collaborative way on an audition piece of your choice, and then move on to a mock ‘industry audition’ in which you must prepare as you would for any other casting. Auditionees will watch each other to really gain insight into how an audition panel works and what they look for.
Friday - Camera Work
10am - 12.30pm Mr Self Tape - Self-Taping Essentials - Self-taping doesn't have to be stress-full. It so often is. Mr Selftape will be running a workshop on how to make sure your self-tapes showcase you as a performer and without the needless stress we add to the process. Frazer AKA Mr Selftape will take you through the equipment you might use. How to use it. What to do once you've recorded your tape ie how to edit and how to upload.
2pm - 4pm Linzy Attenborough (film director, writer, and producer) - Presenting on Camera - This workshop is for anyone who wants to present on camera. Whether it's for a corporate presentation or presenting a television programs it's important to communicate clearly and with confidence. In the presenting on camera workshop I hope develop your clear confident communication skills for camera.
4.30pm - 5.30pm Colin Campbell (Dramatherapist) - Wrap Up the Week - Colin offers an introduction to sesame dramatherapy. Intended as a reflective and restorative session at the end of busy Kick up the Arts week. An invitation to engage imaginatively and creatively through movement and story. The rules are simple: wear comfortable clothes and do as much or as little as you want. Any participants from across the week are welcome to attend this session free of charge!