THE ACTORS’ SPACE
This space is for you if you are an experienced actor who would like to get together once a week with other like-minded theatre souls and just have fun doing what you love!
What a time we’ve had of it over the past 18 months eh? It’s time to get back to doing what we love! The Actors’ Space is for you if (like so many people in the industry) you’ve been out of work for a while and would like to get the juices flowing again. Or, maybe you put your career on hold to have your children. Maybe, when you left drama school, life took you in a different direction, or maybe you just want to get into a rehearsal space and play with like-minded people. Whatever your reasons, we’d love you to join us as we reconnect with characters, text and storytelling in a fun, friendly, no-pressure environment.
The Actors’ Space is run by writer, director, teacher and actor, Brendan Murray, who has 25 years’ experience teaching at some of London’s top drama schools, and Jude Schweppe (a former student of Brendan’s!) who took a break from acting 7 years ago when she had her first son, Ollie. Jude is also a writer, creative coach and creative entrepreneur.
Our aim is to create a space where we can have fun, work on scene studies and monologues, brush up on our skills (which for some of us might be a bit rusty!) and remember what it feels like to do what we love.
Our very first 6-week programme will be launching on the 1st of October and we would love for you to join us.
We’ll meet on Friday nights at The Loft above Little Dippers and focus on voice work, movement, play, and scene studies. Sessions will be led and directed by Brendan, but we are 100% open to seeing what emerges in the space and what we would like to do more of as we get to know each other.
Our first session will be a taster so you can pop along and dip your toe in! This session will be £15 for two hours. If you enjoy it so much you want to sign up there and then, we’ll take this initial fee off the full price of the full 6-week course course.
About your hosts
More about Brendan
Brendan has been working since 1979 and teaching since 1987 with spells at Rose Bruford, LAMDA, Italia Conti and a twenty-five year stint at Drama Studio London. In that time, he was Director of both the one and two-year diploma courses, a personal tutor, sight-reading teacher and director of countless Chekhov, Restoration, Shakespeare, Ensemble, Graduation and West End Showcase productions.
Directing-wise he’s worked widely on the London Fringe, been a guest at regional companies including Salisbury Playhouse, The Tobacco Factory & Sheringham Little Theatre, and from 2003-2008 was Artistic Director of Oxfordshire Theatre Company.
You can find out more about him at www.brendanmurray.co.uk
In his own words
‘One of the things I love about theatre is its collaborative nature and the inter-action between artists from different disciplines. Accordingly, as with my writing, I have no signature style but seek to respond to the particular needs, demands, challenges and possibilities of each text, company and audience I work with. Whatever else I am, I am not an auteur.’
More about Jude
Jude trained at Drama Studio London, graduating in 2001. Her graduation show, Dancing at Lughnasa, was directed by Brendan and it remains one of the most joyful rehearsal processes she can remember. When the time came to get back in the saddle (as it were) after a 7 year absence, Jude immediately thought of Brendan and, over a bowl of homemade soup and a glass of ginger beer, persuaded him to help her get back on the horse!
Jude is also a creative coach and passionately believes in the importance of nurturing the creative soul. We are living in challenging times, and the arts have never been more important in fostering that all important connection that we seek and need as human beings, and helping us to make sense of this crazy business called life.
In her own words
‘I have always been happiest in the rehearsal room – playing, exploring, telling stories and learning more about myself with each character I study. Parenting and providing for my two beautiful boys has taken up so much of my time in recent years, but now that the youngest is finally toddling about causing chaos and mayhem, I am giving myself permission to return to ‘Jude.’ I can’t wait to see what unfolds.’
Find out more about Jude at www.acoachforcreatives.com