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Inspirational workshop with actor Toby Jones

I know I’ve mostly been posting on here about stand up I’m doing and new headshots, but I wanted to talk more about inspirational moments I’ve had in terms of training I’m doing. I know, it’s a little pretentious – so sue me!

As well as the Acting course I’m doing at Central School of Speech and Drama, I’m also attending other workshops. This week I attended a workshop about physical comedy with actor Toby Jones. If you don’t know who he is he’s predominantly a stage actor (was in Parlour Song written by Jez Butterworth at Almedia Theatre) but is probably now best known for his film and TV roles (Alfred Hitchcock in The Girl, Tinker Tailor Soldior Spy, the voice of Dobby in Harry Potter, The Dreamlord in Doctor Who, Frost/Nixon…).

It was interesting to hear him talk about his career. He went to Lecoq School in Paris and left drama school thinking he would only ever do collaborative stage work. Eventually, financial factors meant he ended up moving into more lucrative stage and film work. He also talked about how difficult he finds auditions; something that even at this very early stage of my career, I felt I could identify with. It’s somehow comforting to hear that no matter how successful you are in the industry, auditions never stop being difficult.

He talked about his training and showed some physical comedy techniques he uses, which he learned at Lecoq School. It really inspired me to read more about Lecoq’s physical theatre techniques and when I got home, I immediately ordered a copy of The Moving Body (le Corps Poetique) by Jacques Lecoq (which is also on the Central course syllabus). Hopefully I’ll get to read it in amongst the stack of other stuff I’m trying to read at the moment! I keep saying that I need to install one of those neck ports like they use in the Matrix to upload all the stuff I want to learn. As a Dyslexic, it would be a lot easier!

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Further headshots

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These are some of the ones taken by Simon Stacey (aka. Simon Landmine). I particularly like the one with my hair up. Here’s an extra one that Sushi-cat photo bombed. There should be still more to come.

Headshots

Spent the day getting headshots done by the wonderful Simon Stacey (aka. Simon Landmine).

We took pictures of lots of looks with minimal to heavy make up, lip ring and without, hair up and down so hopefully there should be some good stuff in there. He also took a great picture of me and the Sushi cat! Simon has said the digital versions should be done by the end of the week. I can’t wait!

Acting and more stand up

A few more provisional dates for your diary:

  • I’ve been asked to perform my stand up at the Intrepid Fox on 12th May 2013. Provisionally it sounds like an amazing line up with some serious stand up names attached. More details as I get them!
  • The show I’ll be acting in a production as part of my Diploma at Central School of Speech and Drama some time during August. We haven’t yet decided what the show will be yet but I’ll post details as soon as It’s all confirmed.