National Theatre warm-ups

To fully inhabit a role, becoming physically mouldable to the character, a warm-up is strongly advised. Whether you need to free your body from pre- audition nerves, connecting to your breath or trying to boost your energy levels, pumping your blood for a long performance, warm-ups are essential. Watch the National Theatre’s physical warm-up videos as well as other movement tutorials here:

http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/video/an-actors-warm-up-part-one

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep talks acting and the power of connecting

Steven Hawkins- Awards

Already anticipated to thrive, with success during awards season, The Theory of Everything follows the complicated relationship between Stephen Hawking and his first wife, Jane. Based on Jane Wilde Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, this British romantic biopic drama was written by Anthony McCarten after reading Hawking’s book, A Brief History of Time, in 1988. Unfortunately, to suit the Hollywood, Oscar checklist, a lot of the action is romanticised and pulls away from the reality and facts of their relationship. Stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

Pomona

With nominations for Best New Play, Best Director, Best Lighting Designer and Best Sound Designer, as well as receiving 4 and 5 star reviews from numerous newspapers, the original new play, Pomona, is not to be missed! Alistair McDowall’s haunting thriller disturbingly combines realism and the surreal, sucking audiences into a creepy, fractured dystopia. With £10 tickets for under 30’s every evening, get yours soon!

 

The Graduate director dies at 83

Just like his third cousin twice removed, the scientist Albert Einstein, Mike Nichols was a genius with his crafted shots and cinematically sculptured frames.

It was at university that Nichols first began to perform, and he later went to New York to study acting with Lee Strasberg. However, after struggling to find work as an actor, he returned to Chicago to join the improvisational group Compass Players, a predecessor of the legendary Second City, with performers including Elaine May, Barbara Harris and Alan Arkin.

With Elaine May he performed as a part of a quick-witted, satirical comedy duo.

His work was both critically acclaimed and popular, earning plaudits galore. Time magazine named him “the most in-demand director in the American theatre” with his great success on Broadway and consequently being offered to direct Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? despite never having worked on screen.  He was one of the few directors to be awarded an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony. Nichols was a draw for actors and worked with both Hoffman’s (Dustin and Philip Seymour), Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, Anne Bancroft , Julie Christie and Meryl Streep  to name but a few. Dustin Hoffman once said of him:

“If there is any victory in the film, it is not mine. It has nothing to do with me. The film belongs to Mike Nichols. Nichols knew every colour, texture and nuance he wanted and worked like hell to get it.”