What you don’t see

What you don´t see
February 22 nd 2018  7 pm @ CB2 CAFE
5/7, Norfolk St, CB1 2LD Cambridge 


We have been working in partnership with The Kite Trust for over 5 months developing QUACY (Queer Art Cambridge youth) a drama group for young LGBT+ people. Trough months of hard work, fun and discoveries we developed the group´s first production. 

“What you don´t see” a devised theatre play made from the young people’s own stories, dreams, fears and desires. This is a powerful and unique performance combining physical theatre language, poetry, music and dance. The young people have discovered how they can express themselves through their bodies and how theatre can help them raise their voices.

The QUACY young people are ready to share with the audience this provocative journey where feelings, thoughts and hopes are presented.

We will be performing at the Kite Trust’s 25 th anniversary event, and we’ll have a second show on February 22 nd at CB2 Cafe.
Come and join us!

What you don´t see
February 22 nd
7 pm @ CB2 CAFE
5/7, Norfolk St, CB1 2LD Cambridge 

Love is Underground

Love is Underground

A play devised by Young refugees and volunteers in partnership with YMCA Cambridge

Acting now has been running a drama group for Young refugees at YMCA Cambridge. We have been working together for 3 months using physical theatre techniques, drama games and exercises to empower a group of young refugees from different countries.

Together we devised a provocative theatre play based on the participant´s experiences and stories. “Love is underground” is a powerful play, showing different life struggles, challenges and joy. This piece takes on a journey through warn torn countries, feeling trapped, travelling, songs, hope, love and reaching our dreams We presented the final performance last week during Acting now´s Christmas gathering.

All the Acting Now team, students, members from the different community theatre groups and other guests enjoyed the performance and gave really positive feedback. The young people who were part of the group felt really proud of their achievement and wish to continue doing further projects together.


Complicité, end of year show by Acting Now Physical Theatre School

Tue 11 July at Corpus Playroom Theatre, Cambridge

An original play devised by Acting Now's acting students, led by Artistic Director Marina Pallares-Elias.

Complicité is a tragicomedy that uses humour as a vehicle to reclaim a role for the elders in our society. The story takes place in a residence for the elderly and explores the dreams and disenchantment of the protagonists while denouncing the loneliness and powerless position they feel whilst denouncing their perceived loneliness and powerlessness.

We are very grateful to present the performance at Corpus Playroom, following a great experience in April 2017 with “Keep Holding My Hand”.

The play has no scenography. We purposely present an austere mise-en-scène so the focus is on the performers. All the spaces and objects are recreated through physical theatre.

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