New Theatre Show in Development

cropped-immi-pic-customs-3-10-lifted-up-small1.jpeg

I’m very excited to announce that preparations are well underway for a new show due to tour from autumn 2017.

In 1917 Chaplin released his short film “The Immigrant”, a story of people optimistically arriving in America to start a new life.

One hundred years later, in 2017, America introduced the most controversial immigration policy in the nation’s history.

I have re-envisaged Chaplin’s short film and developed new material to represent the experiences of today’s immigrants to America.

Look out for previews of material in the next few months.

 

Advertisements

Tell Us How You Feel, Make Your Move.

Thanks To Jonathan Lyons at comedyforanimators.com / Stupix for this link.

I thought I’d briefly look at what the “yellow” character is doing so well.

SHARPNESS

I love the way this actor is so distinct in his movement from one body position to another.

He snaps in and out of poses using all the extremes of his body. He bends and straightens his neck to emphasise head movement. He lengthens his fingers as well as his arms. He turns his feet in and out.

And I love the way his sharp movement makes the change really clear – his changes from one emotion to another are so clear and sharp that the change itself often gets a laugh.

EMOTIONS

Visual comedy is great when the characters have strong emotions and emotional reactions.

In a non-verbal performance, I like to write out a script of emotions instead of words.

This actor is doing it really well… shocked, confused, upset, delighted…

RHYTHM

Good rhythm makes a character really come alive.

The New York Times said of Bill Irwin: “This uncanny comic actor has always exuded the sense that he is listening to music that no one else can hear.” 

That is a very astute comment about visual performers.

Try this at home:

Get some knives and forks and imagine you’re a butler in a show.

Lay them out on a table ready for a very important meal.

Now do it again, but this time put some music on. Let the music feed your movement.

Really get into it! You don’t have to dance, you just have to move.

Try it with different music.

I use this idea a lot. I had a tune stuck in my head for years. Not quite knowing what it was, a friend asked me to sing it to them. They identified the song as Girls Aloud’s “Promise I Made”. It was a few weeks later that I realised that in fact it wasn’t Girls Aloud, but the Blankety Blank theme tune.

So if I am ever flagging in a show, I just have to sing the song in my head, and I’m back up to speed.

Please don’t judge me!

A Year of The Silly Seasons

Can you be jealous of a film?

The Silly Seasons has been seen all over the world this year. In fact, it’s been to New York and Minnesota – my top two places that I’ve always wanted to visit!

It has been an incredible surprise that film festivals have scheduled it.
Thanks to all the bookers, and thanks to everyone who has given me your support throughout the year.

If you haven’t seen it, it’s not too late!

Here’s the link to the official site – where you can see the trailer… and maybe do some shopping!  ;OD

http://www.thesillyseasons.com