So that’s it, Showcase is done and so ends my time at East 15! Will miss it but am also really looking forward to going forward and making my career!
At the open dress rehearsal in the Corbett Theatre on Wednesday night, all our showreels were screened. Here’s my scene with Heidi Goldsmith from Mike Leigh’s “Happy Go Lucky”:
The Showcase was also reviewed by The Stage who said “Ashleigh Loeb had a quiet authority as the teacher sent to find the giggling Daisy Boyden and Kelsey Williams in a playful scene from Teendreams by David Edgar.”
I’ve been so lucky to work with such brilliant Actors over this year. Hopefully I’ll work with many of them in the future as well!
CVs printed, headshot stickers printed, headshots ordered, business cards ordered.
It’s just under two weeks until the East 15 MA showcase At the Criterion Theatre on 18th September. Industry can book complimentary tickets on 020 8508 5983.
In the meantime – here are the finalised headshots with from my shoot with Ric Bacon:
I finished up at East 15 on 11th July and things seem to be going quite well. I’ve had spits and spots of work, been attending some workshops and stuff, some of which through the fantastic IdeasTap site and seeing some great theatre. What I’ve really realised I want to do though, is create some new theatre.
The MAP (MA Project) work we did at East 15 was great, but no-one I worked with was particularly interested in reviving the piece. A shame as I think what we did was pretty good in the end. However, part of the lead-up to the MAP piece was to try out lots different ideas of pieces before eventually finding one to work on. One that I was particularly interested in that ended up being abandoned, was some verbatim work on Sex and Sexuality.
With the permission of those who were involved in the initial research, I’ve decided I’m going to pick up the batton. Yesterday was my first interview since the initial research and I think I got some good material. I very much want to wait until I have collated a bunch of interviews before even trying to hammer something together and I’m hoping to premier the performance at the next Queer Alternative Cabaret event (which we’re hoping will be some time in early November).
If you’re interested in being interviewed for the project and don’t mind being audio recorded talking openly about sex and your sexuality (don’t worry – the piece will perform the text so that the original speaker will be anonymous) then please get in contact! I will be blogging more on this project as and when it happens!
From Cabaret straight into Shakespeare! My final East 15 show (before the showcase – which isn’t really a proper show) is The Winter’s Tale at The Cockpit Theatre directed by the fabulous Ben Crystal at 7pm on 28th June and 7:30pm on 2nd and 4th July.
The production is a 90-min version adapted by our company and I am telling you now: it’s going to a bit bloody magical judging from rehearsals. Not giving too much away but expect, candles, melting wax sculptures and snow!
It’s a real privilege working with Ben. He’s a leading light in the world of Shakespeare and has written a number of books including the highly recommended Shakespeare On Toast. As a dyslexic actor, I can honestly say that reading it was not only opened up the world of Shakespeare in an extremely accessible way, but was also a very entertaining read. Also, his rehearsals are just about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on!
I’ll be MCing at this fundraiser for The Queer Alternative on 1st June Please come along! Tickets available from WeGotTickets.
The final act has been announced as….
EAST END CABARET
Get booking those tickets – it should be a fun night!
Here’s the lineup so far (more acts to be announced)
*Allouetta La Zouch
With DJs Frankie D (Flag Promotions/Slimelight), AndyRavenSable (Rivet) and Scott (Alternative Bring and Buy)
Raffle for prizes including:
*Nine Inch Nails DVDs
*Professional studio photoshoot
*A pair of tickets to The Double R Club
*Two Eurostar tickets
*And a pair of tickets (with camping) for Alt-Fest!
Food and drinks served til 11pm
East 15 is going great. On Thursday we showed our scenes from The Cherry Orchard which was great fun. I also got some new headshots done there by the brilliant Ric Bacon. Here’s the black and colour version I’m using for my Spotlight entry.
Another SushiCat Productions film! we filmed this comedy short in July and again, it took us about a month to find time to get together and edit it. It happened to coincide with Youtube’s Geek Week so we thought we’d jump on the bandwagon!
I’m also in rehearsals for Lorca’s “Blood Wedding” at Central School of Speech and Drama at the moment as the finale to my Acting Diploma course. Really enjoying rehearsals – really hard work but loving it! We will be getting professional photos done of the dress rehearsal so I should be able to post pictures of me playing Mother-In-Law.
I recently stumbled across a gameplay youtube video showing some voice work I did for a mod called Deus Ex Nihilum. You can hear me as the as a Receptionist in the Ministry of Public Security (either click through to YouTube or if watching the embedded version, go to about 4m 38s into the video):
I was going to be involved in an amateur theatre production recently. I thought maybe it would be fun and helpful to my studies to take a published script, get together with some non-trained people and put on a production in a fringe theatre. It didn’t work out but in retrospect, I’m really glad!
I’ve often asked myself what the difference between amateur and profesional theatre is, particularly considering that in these hard economic times, many fringe theatre acting jobs are unpaid and amateur actors can go on to become professionals. The lines are very blurred, but I think I made a revelation as to my opinion of what constitutes an amateur play. It’ll probably sound snobby – so sue me!