Up To The Sky Is Where We Want To Dream

Up To The Sky Is Where We Want To Dream

8 June 2017 Covent Garden Drama Studio, Cambridge

Up To The Sky Is Where We Want To Dream, is our last applied theatre production in partnership with Cambridge based organization Rowan. The performance was powerful and magnetic, and challenged the prejudices of some members of the audience, whose feedback revealed how impressed they were with the quality of the acting and the overall show. It took place at wonderful Anglia Ruskin University’s  Covent Garden Drama Studio, which theatrical atmosphere and nice facilities helped to show the play at a professional level, as the crew indeed deserved.

It was a magic night where the talent and enthusiasm of Rowan students captivated an almost full house!

The play is a brave drama that, as one member of the audience pointed out during the Q&A, helps to enrich what is related with disability, that usually is only shown as "pink and fluffy". They have proved they are able to explore more intricate feelings beyond sadness and happines.

The work that Marina Pallares has been conducting with them using Lecoq Theatre and Physical Theatre (pedagogy in which she is expert), is blossoming at the moment. After two years of fun and engaging sessions, the group has reached a significant progress, at different levels: presence on stage, diversity of characters and physical movement (both individually and as a group).

This is the second physical theatre performance from this group of students at Rowan, organisation working with learning disabled people in Cambridge.  The actors were really looking forward to the big night and all of them showed not only a big commitment and enthusiasm, but also a remarkable professionality and presence on stage. The Q&A was an opportunity for the audience to express how powerful and moving the performance was and some of the actors cried receiving such emotive feedback!

It was with no doubt the result of a great team work. It was only possible thanks to the help of all the staff at Rowan and of our amazing volunteers: Mori, Rose and Jordan. Especially relevant was the work of Sara Nibbs with on the costume design and Sarah Button on the light and sound.

We expect to perform the play soon in other spaces around Cambridge, please get in touch if you are interested in programming us! info@actingnow.co.uk

Keep Holding my Hand

Keep Holding my Hand

6-7 April 2017, Corpus Playroom Theatre, Cambridge.  

On Tour around Care Homes in Cambridgeshire during 2017-2018

Theatre shows often portray issues such as mental health challenges. But our play ‘Keep Holding my Hand’, premiered last week in Cambridge, has gone further by bringing in local people who have suffered with difficulties and portraying their stories realistically.

We were lucky enough to perform ‘Keep Holding My Hand’ in ADC Corpus Playroom theatre.  Given the amazing feedback from the audience and the repercussion of the play, now it seems quite common sense to show the piece from a “proper” stage with lighting and theatre facilities. But the truth is that is not easy to find an organisation ready to give an opportunity to an integrated theatre company like us. And this is why we are incredibly thankful to ADC theatre for trusting us and giving voice to whom often do not have one.

From both nights we had an audience of 70 people who left us amazing feedback such the one from Valerie:

This kind of theatre gives the actors a unique opportunity to be witnessed in their transformations. I feel it helps them acknowledge how far they have travelled, to be able to perform their stories in front of an audience, to be seen rather than to hide. To be part of, rather than excluded. It certainly helps them find confidence. Thank you for making such journeys possible!

Here is the video that That's Cambridge TV produced after attending the performance on the night of the premiere: 

 

 

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The Princess Castaway and Other Time Machine Stories

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THE PRINCESS CASTAWAY AND OTHER TIME MACHINE STORIES

“The Princesses Castaway and Other Time Machine Stories” is an inclusive theatre performance made by creative people with learning disabilities who take part in Acting Now´s drama group at  Rowan. With weekly sessions since 2015, the workshops aims to help people with learning disabilities to discover their talents, learn new skills and gain confidence.

For this project, the participants worked from a handful of tales and ideas that they individually suggested. As part of the creative process, the group selected and connected the stories into an individual piece, applying a physical theatre narrative to shape the final play.

The performance challenges audiences with issues such as the pressure of ageing and the inner power human beings have to change their lives when they feel trapped.

This was the first piece devised by the group, which was performed during Chesterton Community Festival in 2016.

Performance details

Venue: St Andrew´s Church (Cambridge, UK)

Dates: 18 June 2016, 4:15 pm

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You Me and the Spanish Civil War

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YOU ME AND THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR

Something a bit different!

Combining a deep educational background in Physical Theatre with our emphasis for social projects, Acting´s Now Artistic Director Marina Pallares-Elias has produced the solo performance ‘You, Me and the Spanish Civil War’.

The idea comes up from an irresistible desire for not letting her father’ story be forgotten, lost behind the shadows of information coming from established sources and not from the individuals.

“My father risked his life during Franco’s dictatorship. But individuals’ stories won’t fill history books. It is my duty to bring you his voice to keep it alive”.

Performance Details

The format of this show is very unique. It has been created to be performed in a very special place: your living room.  

If you are interested in hosting this theatre play at your house, drop us an email at info@actingnow.co.uk.  The only thing you will need to do is bring your friends for the night.