And we’re off!

This week we were joined by former Chair Tom: Welcome back!

After a brief catch up round the room, we discussed filling roles for our forthcoming productions and – “Yay! – We’ve got enough people to do all of them”!

The first of these has been cast.  The History Hour (a dystopian disaster set in 2045, the year everything goes wrong”), by Sarah S, will feature:

Narrator – Al

Vinnie – Dean

Jacob – Sarah S

Martin – Simon

Myron – Matt

Kirsty – Sarah J

Nurse – PJ.

Keep looking out for more news!

A short and sweet summary of the week

This week, the blog comes from PJ:

There was gateway, HMRC. (Shudder). No tears a little bit of exercise no drinking (gasps all round) walks, garden reunions, work, podcasts, fabulous new bathroom x

Auditions for history hour x

Al’s play Home Truths.

Deans piece,  Opening Up (oooer)

Facial expressions and PJ likes a nurse x

AO Catch Up

We are currently discussing future productions which will be via the medium of video – but that’s all double hush hush and top secret for now…in the meanwhile, Matt had the following to report about the more social side of the meeting:

“Well it seems like it’s been a busy week for AO members, lots of people have been doing things, some have been meeting up (while still maintaining Social Distance) some have taken trips down memory lane myself included thinking of happier times from my childhood, some seem to be taking advantage of the semi-decent weather to do some gardening and buying pruning saw’s, and one members brother decided to pop the question to his girlfriend, we didn’t hear what the reply was but we assume (and hope) she said yes!”

Occupation, Location, Object

This week, the blog comes care of Hayley, who had the following to report on the weeks meeting:

“A wide array of topics were covered, complete with Sam’s new ‘geese’ or new ‘niece’ (for those of us who heard it correctly), Chris’s tulips have come up, there was news of a new work contract, as well as a discussion about how to deal with a big spot on one’s forehead. There was also talk of enough video editing of wildlife to put the BBC’s Countryfile to shame as well as Quzzing ‘1991’ style and news of decorating galore!

After that tantalising smorgasbord of news, we went on to discuss future plans for AO in terms of meeting up again, hopefully in June if Boris’s road map comes to fruition! Ideas included looking for a larger venue to rent for a few months in case we can’t return to the Craven immediately. The possibility of applying for an Ageing Better grant to help us ‘get back together’ was also suggested.

We then finished the evening with a fun game called ‘Occupation, Location, Object’ (think Zoom version of Chinese Whispers). It resulted in much hilarity, and included some impressive ballet moves from Amar, as well as George’s yoyo skills that got misinterpreted as a fishing rod! As usual, Acting Out provided the laughter and friendship we all needed to keep us going through another week of lockdown.”

“No Business Like Show Business”!

And now, the blog from Haina!

Dear Acting Outers,

In the words of Jason (a teenager wanna-be celebrity from “The Worst Village in England”)

      “There’s no business like show business like no business I know

         Everything about it is appealing, everything that traffic will allow

         Nowhere could you get that happy feeling when you are steeling that extra bow”

You read right folks, “Acting Out” is the place like no other place via zoom, where everything is fun and “Nowhere” else could you get that happy feeling when you are here and now.

This week’ was orchestrated by our amazing Chairperson Sarah “Mrs Cheveley” Johnson, who performed an Ophra style exclusive of each and everyone’s past week highlights and behind the scenes experiences.

It was disclosed that members had engaged in the following; –

  • Watching queer versions of a Shakespearean play.
  • Playing hardcore video games with ‘no titles’.
  • Anticipating Banging builders. ( not paid with public money ).
  • Receiving holiday back pay, money they have ‘earned themselves’ .
  • Pfizer shot.
  • Cultivating Bonsai Trees.
  • “Finding freedom” with a new Job, but would not be getting paid for their interview..
  • And ‘feeling trapped’ doing F***ing bugger all.

The names of these individual members can never be disclosed as,

                         “it would be very damaging to them”

After these grenades had been thrown the moods changed by cold reading of a play titled “The Worst Village in England” presented by the Head of the Acting Out Firm. This took to everyone’s attention until 8pm when members bid there farewells till next week’s further disclosure will be revealed.

On this Note we All wish PJ a very Happy Birthday week.

Loads of love,

“I’ve found my voice”, Haina AL-Saud  “Comedy But Serious News”.

Return of the Writing Group & Relationships

This week, our blog comes from Dean:

“This week 10 of us met on Zoom and before we got into the main meat of the meeting we went round the room asking how everyone’s week had been as per tradition.

There was online meeting fatigue amongst members who have been working from home and thoughts on what Boris Johnson’s road map out of lockdown might mean for all of us. More importantly there were tales of the reclamation of nature with geese, chickens and pigeons entering peoples’ dwellings!

The main events then followed with an announcement of the theme the group had democratically elected to take forward for video pieces, which was … Relationships!

This week being the long awaited relaunch of the Writing Group, we then split into different “rooms” on Zoom and came up with some ideas based on the theme in smaller groups.

These ideas and any other brainwaves we might have will be developed over the coming weeks so wait and see!”

“Obsessions”

Here is the weekly blog, this week from Simon:

“This week a merry band of AOs met, as ever in these times, through the wonders of zoom.  We were pleased to welcome Tim, who joined us for the first time (and our first newcomer since we went virtual). We began with news of our weeks as usual – and got to know Tim – as ever it was good to reconnect and share. For me the weekly ritual of catching up and the role of Acting Out as a supportive community has been an important anchor throughout a stormy year.

Haina then led us in a reading of a script –  ‘Obsession’ that had been written by a member of a local writing group. It was a powerful tale of hoarding and the disruption that can cause to individual and family lives. We hope to be able to invite the writer to a future meeting to hear their script being read. Part way through one of the key cast members suffered a technological interruption with amusing consequences PJ: “you all froze” All: “No, you froze” – after several failed attempts at reconnection sadly the part had to be recast (not a problem we ever encountered when we met in person and someone popped to the bar!).

We ended with a discussion about ideas for our future productions – which the committee are working on and will be sharing with us very soon. Watch this space!” 

Production plans

This week (the first after the new committee met), the group discussed ideas for ways that we can resume performing via virtual means such as YouTube videos, audio productions and in house pieces to be performed to the group, possibly around a theme (or not).

  Creatives within the group will be working away both independently and within the format of the newly re-launched writing group, Scribbling Out, which will run on 25th February.  Keep your attention tuned to social media for more updates…

First meeting / Fleabag

Last Thursday the group held their first official meeting under the new committee.  We exchanged news about how our weeks had gone, both good and bad, and met one members extremely cute dogs. We then read through a script from “Fleabag”.