This is me

Strength. Courage. Truth.
Wondrous things happen when we learn to love what makes us different.

This Is Me is a funny, tender exploration of what it means to be young and queer in Cambridge today. Devised by LGBT+ young people themselves and in collaboration with Acting Now and The Kite Trust, the play details the experience of coming out and the magic of celebrating difference.

Date and Time:
7pm, Tuesday 10th July 2018
7pm, Thursday 12th July 2018
Location:
Acting Now
47 – 51 Norfolk Street
Cambridge,
CB1 2LD
BOOKING REQUIRED (Free booking with donations on the day of the event) - Get your tickets through our Eventbrite page or emailing us at hello@actingnow.co.uk
Refreshments and drinks on sale from The Box Café.

This is Me is an original play devised LGBT+ young people in Cambridge in collaboration with LGBT+ charity The Kite Trust and directed by Acting Now theatre practitioners Marina Pallares and Rose Clark.

This is Me explores what it’s like to come out in several different ways. What is it like to come out about your gender? Your sexuality or your religion? Coming out about who we are is an ongoing process and one that is not always safe. This is Me imagines a world where we control the narration of our own stories. The play was devised over several months in busy, enjoyable weekly sessions. In each session the group focused on how difference can be expressed and celebrated in our community through dramatizing individual experiences.

The Kite Trust
The Kite Trust is Cambridgeshire’s leading organisation working with LGBT+ young people. For 25 years the charity has proudly promoted the health, well-being, and inclusion of LGBT+ young people across Cambridgeshire; raising awareness, supporting, and educating the local community.

Acting Now
At Acting Now we believe theatre is a catalyst for social change and should be for anyone and everyone, not limited by gender, sexuality, physical ability, condition, language or background. Our projects use the language of theatre with disadvantaged groups of varying abilities to enable them to find their voices in a safe and encouraging environment. Throughout the workshops, we also build social and emotional skills, self-expression and self-esteem and address the stigma attached to certain conditions. The projects culminate in original theatre performances based on the stories that emerge from the group.

Antigone: Now

Antigone: Now - The woman who challenged the system

Antigone: Now premiered in July 2018 at Hotbed, the Cambridge new writing theatre festival produced by Menagerie Theatre Company, co-produced with the Cambridge Junction, and travelled to Marseille (France) in September for the Play Mediterranean Europe Festival.

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Antigone has had enough. Her brother is dead and her uncle Creon has banned his burial. Her fiancé and her sister are no help, so she decides to take matters into her own hands, risking death in the process. Written by Sophocles in 442 B.C., and presented here in a new adaptation, Antigone: Now tells the tale of a young heroine who goes against society to honour the death of her brother. This new powerfully physical version of the play depicts the empowerment of women and the crucial issues modern societies must grapple with today while exploring relationships in the context of war, nationalism and dysfunctional families.

Unique selling points:

PHYSICAL THEATRE Instead of the English classical interpretation of Antigone, we use Lecoq-based physical theatre principles, putting more emphasis on the power of suggestion, where environments and worlds are created on stage by actors. The human body is at the centre of the storytelling process and the focus is on the dramatic potential that can be unlocked from movement.

ACCESSIBLE ADAPTATION FOR NEW AUDIENCES This contemporary and physical adaptation enables audiences to experience classical literature in a non-conventional form. Physical theatre emphasises the imaginative participation of the audience and their commitment to what is on stage. This show is suitable for people with and without previous knowledge of this piece of universal theatre and is especially powerful to introduce new audiences to Greek mythology and the work of classic playwrights.

A STORY FOR NOW Sophocles’ ‘Antigone’ has been around for nearly 2500 years, yet the themes in the play resonate as strongly today as in the time of Ancient Greece. Gender roles, democracy and justice all come to the forefront when analysing Antigone.

General information and Technical resources:

Duration of the performance: 70 minutes, no interval Age suitability of the show: 12 years + Number on stage: 4 Stage dimensions: Width: Min. 3m. Depth: Min. 2m. Height: Min. 2m. Set: The performance does not require any props or furniture Lighting: Basic Music / sound: Basic. An amplification system.

Cast: Déa Ràk, Nichola Soyza, Emiliano Miles Troiano and Melina Liddiard

Directed by Marina Pallarès-Elias

I Deserve a Better Chance

I Deserve a Better Chance

Thu 12th and Sat 14th April 2018 7.30 pm - 8.30 pm 

Whatch the performance:

 

'I Deserve a Better Chance' pictures a mosaic of personal experiences where actors take us to a past moment of their lives when everything changed drastically. All stories are based in participants' true facts and have gone through a process of collective imagination and creation. With great honesty and courage, participants share their reflections about their own challenges and existence while they claim a better chance, all seen through the powerful lens of Physical Theatre language.

This work is the result of 6 months of weekly sessions where participants have been dreaming and growing together whilst creating a play collectively.

The group started in 2015 as a project aimed at people with and without mental health challenges in which devising a Physical Theatre play was both the ultimate goal and also the path for engaging with each other, developing skills and improving their self-esteem.

Making Changes created two other plays in the past and performed in different venues in Cambridge such as ADC Corpus Playroom, where they performed the heart-breaking "Keep Holding My Hand", in which actors portrayed their own stories around suffering mental health challenges realistically.

Join us for a powerful performance and contribute to the continuity of the drama group.

Through The Cloud I Can See You

Thu 15 March 2018, 6 pm @ The Cass Centre, Cambridge University Press CB2 8BS

Watch the performance:

Through the Cloud, I Can See You & The Dramatic Relationship are original plays devised by students from local charity Rowan and directed by Acting Now theatre practitioners Marina Pallares and Rose Clark. After six months of busy weekly sessions, both drama groups have created beautiful performances regarding the subjects of transformation, choices, growing, forgiveness and love.

Rowan is a local charity and arts centre that helps improving the lives of people with learning disabilities through the provision of services and meaningful activities that improve health and wellbeing, as well as break down issues of social exclusion. They run a number of art studios one of them being dedicated for their drama group which is where all the magic happens.

As a part of the Acting Now team, we have had the honour to witness this bunch of creative minds transforming their thoughts into a story that will change the way we see this world. One of these stars includes Emma Anderson whose recent short film The Sky is the Limit has been picked up by festivals around the world. She said in one of her interviews that “Your only limits are what you cannot imagine.” This quote describes perfectly the process we have been involved in making Through the Cloud, I Can See You. To show your support, pin the date down, join us, and you contribute to the continuity of the drama group.

ACTING NOW INCLUSIVE THEATRE PROJECTS:

At Acting Now we believe theatre is a catalyst for social change and should be for anyone and everyone, not limited by physical ability, condition, language or background. Our projects use the language of theatre with disadvantaged groups of varying abilities to enable them to find their voices in a safe and encouraging environment.

Throughout the workshops, we also build social and emotional skills, self-expression and self-esteem and address the stigma attached to certain conditions. The projects culminate in original theatre performances based on the stories that emerge from the group.