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February 25, 20200

FREE ACTING WEEKEND WORKSHOP

The Oxford School of Drama in partnership with Oldham Coliseum Theatre are running a free weekend workshop for anyone interested in seeking a career as a professional actor.

It takes place on Saturday 7th (11.00am-6.00pm) & Sunday 8th March (11.00am-5.00pm) at The Coliseum, Oldham.

You must be 18+ and must be able to commit to both days.

It is a great opportunity to get a taste of Drama School training with two of the teachers from this outstanding School.  The weekend will include acting, voice and movement sessions to support you in considering a career as an actor.

We will then be offering a first round audition into the School on Saturday 2nd May, starting time 10.30am at Oldham Library

As it’s funded there is some criteria to meet before we can offer a free place, for further details please contact Gemma on

gemma@act-up.co.uk or 07976 909043.

 



January 8, 20200

Are you a professionally trained actor? Are you passionate about running workshops for adults? Do you want to work with an established arts organisation?

act up was established in 1999 by Gemma Lloyd.   We run acting, voice, corporate workshops, masterclasses and produce films and theatre.  To celebrate our 21st anniversary we are offering acting and voice courses for the community in South London where act up started back in 1999.

We currently have brilliant actors that run our acting, voice and corporate workshops. We would like to expand our pool of workshop leaders and meet new actors who would be interested in being part of act up’s teaching community. The role will involve running acting courses in South London starting from April 2020.

Essential experience:

  • Five years or more professional acting experience
  • An interest in working with adults who have no previous acting experience
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to keep the workshop participants engaged
  • A passion for sharing your skills
  • Availability and commitment to running a six week course
  • Ability and confidence to run the course solo
  • Self-employed status

Desirable experience:

  • Running workshops for adults
  • Previous teaching or coaching experience
  • South London-based

Please email info@act-up.co.uk with a covering letter outlining why you are interested in the role, what skills and experience you can bring to act up.  Please include a link to your Spotlight page.

The role is paid at currently £25 an hour and may potentially lead to further workshop teaching with act up.  The closing date for applications is 1st March 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you!

act up

http://www.act-up.co.uk



December 4, 20190

2020 is all change for act up and we can’t wait.

We’re going to be running a lot more acting courses and workshops aimed at everyone within the community, they’re going to be much more neighbourhood lead and we’ll encourage everyone to get involved.  Gemma is going to be joined by actor Laura Carey to help woman the helm.

Laura participated in many act up workshops, went to drama school, came back and has assisted Gemma in pretty much all of the producing work that act up has done. Laura will be cooking up new ideas and working with Gemma on everything when she’s not acting.

The first courses for the New Year will be aimed at anyone 18+ who has always fancied trying out acting classes just for fun. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore your creative side, meet loads of new people and we promise you it’s nothing like school.  All of our courses are now in local neighbourhoods so the first ones will be running in Tooting and West Norwood in South London.

We’ll also be running short courses for anyone that is possibly a bit stuck as to what to do in life, maybe left school early, maybe not in full time employment and will be aimed at anyone aged 16+.  Again it’s a great opportunity to be listened to, to get creative and develop your confidence.  This course will be subsidised so it’s affordable for everyone.

All details will be listed in a new section on our website that will be coming soon.

In the meantime, any questions let us have them.

 

 

 

 



December 1, 20190

Brilliant Adrian Fear, some of you will know him very well will be leading this exhilarating workshop.

Adrian is excellent on all things voice and has run many, many courses and workshops for act up over the years and so really chuffed he’s said yes again.

“In this two-hour workshop we’ll go back to basics to look at how we can effectively use our voices in an expressive and sustainable way.  We’ll explore the relationship between the body, breath and the voice and having practised these fundamentals we’ll apply the principles to text in performance.”

The date is Saturday 22nd February (3.00-5.00pm) 2020 at Harry’s Chocolate Emporium in Tooting all for £28.00 if you pay in advance or £35 on the door.

Places are limited to only 6, if you would like one please contact us here.

Suitability; as it says in the title, it’s aimed at those entering the profession or those going back into it. As you know, we like questions so do ask away.

 



November 24, 20190

How to survive the acting industry – a practical two hour workshop for professional actors.

 
A hands on session for any actor at any stage in their career who feels they need a bit of support and morale boosting. 
Gemma, owner of act up has worked as a casting director, producer and agent and has herself survived in the industry for over  20 years.

She’ll talk you through the whole process of the industry, remind you of the hidden truths behind it all and offer advice on how to seek work, look for an agent (if applicable), and how to market yourself more effectively.

She’ll switch your way of thinking, so you see it from an employers point of view as well as from an actors.  The workshop will be tailored to suit the needs of the individual participants, so do come armed with lots of questions as well as your CV and headshot, please keep them digital.

So the date is Saturday 25th January (3.00-5.00pm) 2020 at amazing Harry’s Chocolate Emporium in Tooting all for £19.00 if you pay in advance or £25 on the door. Yes chocolate, so as we talk you’ll have plenty of opportunity to tuck into cake, chocolate and more chocolate if you wish, this will be an additional cost between yourself, Harry’s and your appetite that day. 

If you would like to book a place, email act up and payment can be taken via PayPal or a BAC transfer. There are only 10 places available so get going if you know you want to enrol.  

Any questions, let me have them and Harry’s is very close to Tooting Bec Tube Station. 

“Brilliant few hours spent talking all things acting. Thanks Gemma! @actupcourses #actinglife” Anna Bolton

 

P.S. Gemma has two children, a 14 month old baby and a 14 year old scary teenager, we will touch on having children and maintaning a career, again if relevant to any of the participants.


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April 14, 20180

A practical double workshop for anyone that would like to produce a play run by myself Gemma Lloyd.

I’ve produced in theatre, film and dance and describe myself as a front-line producer. I’ve produced on the London Fringe and in venues like JW3,  the Bush Theatre and Sadler’s Wells, I’ve been runner up for the JMK award with director Roy Weise and currently working on Yolanda Mercy’s one woman show On The Edge Of Me and Daniel York’s the forgotten of the forgotten.

In film, a short I produced No Love Lost has won over 18 world-wide competitions and recently I promoted the feature STILL, starring Aidan Gillen and Amanda Mealing and now working on Tree Tops, the latest feature film by Blunt Stuff.
So you want to produce a play will cover:

Working with a writer. The relationship between you and the director. Seeking funding, there is still some about including the Arts Council and crowd-funding. Choosing and winning a venue for your production. Gathering the most effective creative team around you and casting your play. Finding and targeting your audience. Marketing your play. Inviting the critics. And keeping going.

The next date is Saturday 18th March 2017, times 11.00am-6.00pm each time and it will take place at Theatre Delicatessen, Canary Wharf, London. The cost is £70.00 in advance or £120 on the door.

I am limiting the places to 10 and you don’t need to have had previous producing experience to take part.


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April 14, 20180

act up has been running it’s courses in the same fashion for sixteen years and it’s time for a change.

In the last two years I’ve noticed a real difference in how people approach life, I could surmise a lot of reasons for this but that’s a discussion for another time.

The upshot is that act up is going to be offering a lot more creative courses to a lot more people. They’ll run as one offs, or as a weekend of fun. They’ll also run around the UK and not just in London.

We won’t have so many acting courses but those that we do run will continue to enable people to find their confidence, to trust themselves more and to really understand that acting comes from ‘within’, I’ve never believed anyone can teach anyone to act.

The new courses will include, film-making, producing, MMA fitness, writing, spoken-word, movement, the voice, pilates, talks and art classes in the guise of my true love Love Art that has already started, for both children and adults. If there’s anything else you’d like to see, do let me know.. all of this is for YOU.

act up has always been about showing people a good time.  To enable many people to indulge in the arts and for me to prove how brilliant they really are.  We’ve had some incredible success stories and I am very proud of many, many people. And of course, I bow down and thank absolutely everyone that has participated in the courses over the last sixteen years, whow that’s a lot of amazing people I’ve met.

act up was also born to challenge the inequality in the arts, it is still so exclusive and this is my main drive and I admit my main fear about losing the ‘old’ act up. In it’s time, I have encouraged so many people that normally wouldn’t have got a ‘look in’ to try acting that are now working successfully as actors.  I am hoping that I will still have the opportunity to meet these very raw and talented people, after all I need to keep my actor’s agency well fed.

So let’s all embrace fear, I have always been fascinated by fear and have always seen it as a positive thing as it drives us all forward.

So, are you ready to change too, take the bull by the horns and leap into the unknown?

I hope so – see or meet you soon down the arts.

Love

Gemma XX

P.S. The last two courses of the ‘current’ act up start this Saturday 6th June, act for screen run by brilliant film director Jesse Quinones and the act for course that starts on Saturday 13th June, aimed at anyone that wants to become a professional actor.


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April 14, 20180

The beginning of this year I got a call from a gentleman called Roi who runs Tooting Market, a unit was available did I want it?

Of course I did.  After a month of hard graft and a hell of a lot of help from some amazing people Love Art has a home.

Love Art runs art classes for children and adults, sells affordable prints and beautiful things, I run it with Claire Rudkin who also designs in film and television.   The Market houses me pretty much everyday.  I run act up from it, I run the agency from it, I produce from it and I meet and greet many incredible people each day.

My ambitions are to run a huge arts centre, so I figured I needed experience in pretty much every field of the arts.

Also I can only do down to earth, the acting profession can get very intense and very boring for the rest of the planet who have no interest in such a strange hybrid.  I figured if I worked amongst everybody it could only do good and it’s already paying off.

So if you want a bit of everything, come and find us down the market, you might be surprised what you find.



March 18, 20160

The beginning of this year I got a call from a gentleman called Roi who runs Tooting Market, a unit was available did I want it?

Of course I did.  After a month of hard graft and a hell of a lot of help from some amazing people Love Art has a home.

Love Art runs art classes for children and adults, sells affordable prints and beautiful things, I run it with Claire Rudkin who also designs in film and television.   The Market houses me pretty much everyday.  I run act up from it, I run the agency from it, I produce from it and I meet and greet many incredible people each day.

My ambitions are to run a huge arts centre, so I figured I needed experience in pretty much every field of the arts.

Also I can only do down to earth, the acting profession can get very intense and very boring for the rest of the planet who have no interest in such a strange hybrid.  I figured if I worked amongst everybody it could only do good and it’s already paying off.

So if you want a bit of everything, come and find us down the market, you might be surprised what you find. X

 



December 31, 20150

So are you going to finally take the plunge and take the acting course you’ve always wanted to try, are you going to finally own up and declare to the world that you want to work as an actor or are you going to finally take the bull by the horns and really push forwards your acting career?

I’ve always felt funny about making New Year’s resolutions…  it’s like setting yourself up for inevitable disappointment because following a list never tends to work in the end.

But, and it’s a big but, if you really want a new and improved you then you’ve got to make yourself do things you’re not normally comfortable with.  Charge at the things that fill you with fear, try the things that you’ve always wanted to do that the ‘control’ has always finally prevented you from doing in the past.

You’re capable of doing anything you put your mind to.

I’m in correspondance with lovely people that want to take the courses but admit they’re too scared to take the plunge.  We all understand that and as I say to everyone, the scariest part of any of our courses is the first journey to the first class, after that it’s going to get easier and easier and better and better.

2016 for me involves setting up a new business, yes you’d have thought I’d have learnt by now, running your own business is hard but I hate the idea of not giving it a go..

So are you going to join me and give what you’ve always wanted to do a go?

Have a lovely New Year and as an encouragement to your 2016 we’re offering a 30% discount on all our January courses. Just type NEW YEAR into the coupon box when you check out on New Year’s Day.

Gemma X