A Comma, not a Full Stop

It is with great sadness that ACTING OUT have suspended meeting for the foreseeable future due to government guidelines regarding COVID-19.  The situation will be reviewed on an on-going basis. We are, however, currently trialling methods of meeting virtually using the wizardry of web-based technology.  THIS IS NOT THE END OF ACTING OUT!

“Deliciously Awkward!”

This week, our “blogger in the field” was Al, and his despatch is as so: “Not the cheeriest of starts this week as we discussed the impact of coronavirus on the group and whether we cancel meetings. The upshot being that we each make our own decision and no one should feel obliged to attend but that given we may soon have the choice taken out of our (well sanitised) hands those who wanted to keep coming can do so. Acting Out has always brought people together and reduced isolation so those who wish to can carry on until official advice changes. However, there may well be implications for Seven thirty for Eight and it’ll be kept under review.

So after an alphabetical warm up (thanks Dean) non-contact rehearsals continued. The characters are really coming on and most of us remembered where we were supposed to stand and we got our first review “it’s deliciously awkward” (again, thanks Dean) – we’ll take that!”

Germ free greetings and drunken dancing

Who/Flu thought Coronavirus would be the inspiration for Ifor’s warm up, which was around non-hand-based ways of greeting people as we opened this week’s meeting? Plenty of other body parts may safely meet – elbows, knees, toes…..

We have confirmed that the next production, “7.30 for 8.00” (penned by our very own Al) will be being performed @MAC 3-4/7. As such the cast continued to “block”/plan who will be where and when, when they stand up, go get a drink etc re: Act 2. Oh, and dance, pseudo-drunkenly!

Getting Breakfast (and Blocking) Done!

This week we warmed up with a game “Master, Master, who am I?’ in which we had to guess who was saying that whilst attempting to disguise their voice.  Most were guessed successfully – the group clearly know each others voices well!

The cast for our next production “Seven Thirty for Eight” commenced blocking.  To explain, we worked out where actors would be at particular points in the play.  Downstairs, a bizarre story was devised around the this year’s Pride theme “stronger together”, which culminated in a diverse set of characters coming together to “Get Breakfast Done”!

Fun Facts, Pride Planning and Rehearsing

A snapshot of what the group got up to this week, as witnessed by Simon:

“Despite transport issues for some we gathered again in the upper room at the Craven Arms. The warm up, led by Haina, was to reveal something about ourselves that nobody else in the group would know. We discovered (amongst other fun and interesting facts) who was related to the Tipton Slasher, which of us was learning Esperanto , which Acting Outer is a classically trained clarinettist and who had launched  foul mouthed tirade towards celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott!

Following that we divided with the group in the bar thinking about our presence at Birmingham Pride and finding ways to play to our strengths within the theme. Chris led us in sharing what ‘Stronger Together’ meant for each of us and our experiences of prides in the past. A highlight was hearing Ifor’s tale of coming out and his first gay liberation march in 1978,

Meanwhile the cast of ‘Seven Thirty for Eight’ finished the read through and then spent time working on characterisation. They focused on gear changes in the play and how they might show different sides of the characters. It was good to see the developing dynamic between characters at only the second rehearsal .”

It’s starting (with a bang)

This week it’s Stephen’s turn to report on what occurred at our weekly meeting, and they have the following to share:

“The evening started with a bang, as Greg warmed us up with the game of duck the bullet, shoot your neighbour. The fun came to a head with a final standoff between Al & Alaena for the final shot, but in good team spirits a draw was declared between the two. 

In the second part of the evening, rehearsals for 7:30 to 8 started upstairs with a read through of the first act with the new cast. It’s early stages yet but you can really start to see the characters forming and it looks like it’s going to be a fun show to work on. Downstairs a read through of Stuart’s new script ‘The Abusive Tango’ took place introducing the characters of Derek and Samson. This one sounds like an intriguing one and it will be interesting to see how it develops over the next few weeks. “

Final Auditions and Fun

This week, Dean had the following to report:

“Ed did the warm-up this week where we all stood in a circle and each person said one word to make up a story. The second round of auditions for 7:30 for 8 were held and at the end of the evening the cast was announced for what is set to be another exciting performance.

With a high turn-out the rest of us sat in the bar and had a sociable evening but in the weeks and months ahead we will create and nurture our next ventures as a group 🙂 “

A pause for thought

Sayeed had the following to report re: Thursday’s meeting:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances auditions for  Severn Thirty for Eight was postponed and will resume next week (06/02/20), so watch this space.

The lovely George led us tonight  with the warm up where we played  Zip, Zap , Bong, ( reflector, volleyball, pigeon  etc ). 

We discussed ways we can promote the group and reach  a wider audience  using various media platforms  i.e Instagram, You Tube, pod cast, interviews etc. Other items  on the agenda was looking at workshops we can run  for those not in the next production  such as  vocal training, devised piece, script writing, social media awareness and more…”

Preparing for our next show

This week’s blog comes from Shaun:

“There were a few auditions this evening for the production.

The first half was a continuation of reading the script for the play and the second half was the auditions by Hayley.

Chris P did the warm up.

The committee are still trying to find a suitable weekend that the MAC for Acting out do the show.”