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!
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!
Long time no updated.
So we got back from Living History on 14th February. I don’t want to write too much about it but it was amazing! We then poured all the experience and learning we did into “Show In a Week” (does what it says on the tin) which we performed on 28th February & 1st March. Here’s some poetry I wrote inspired by Living History that was used in the collaborative phase of the show but wasn’t in the final performance:
I had a fire in my belly.
I tried to dowse it with water
But the flames caught light and took to the sky
Raised up my voice on high
And sang out a prayer
To a God in which I didn’t believe.
How do you know what lightness is if you’ve never seen dark?
How do you know what darkness is if you’ve never seen light?
How can a feather float without gravity?
How can water float without gravity?
How can a person float without gravity?