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The Practice Room: For Working Actors

£0.00 PWYC

with Olivier Award Winner, Donnacadh O’Briain

Mondays

14:30 – 17:30

Location: Wildcard Studios

Pay What You Can

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Description

The Practice Room is a space for working actors to practice their craft outside of the pressures of jobs and auditions, to work with other experienced actors, and to explore character and text. The shared objective in the room is to be challenged, to stay fresh, and to build and maintain immediacy, spontaneity and connection to impulse.

Donnacadh curates and leads the sessions, focussing on a selected play. Bringing together a wide range of influences, Donnacadh’s unique actor centric approach to early rehearsals provides a structure and a methodology, with huge freedom and opportunity to take risks and play. When he’s in rehearsal/production periods the sessions are led by actors from within a small group of experienced regular members.

The Practice Room addresses the lack of genuine spaces for working actors. Training is everywhere, practice isn’t. So this is a space for actors who’s training is principally behind them.

About the sessions:

The sessions are always ‘drop in’, and a regular might come every week, once a month or take months out to film or rehearse.

Sessions are Pay What You Can, to ensure that actors have the flexibility to pay more when they can, and less when they can’t.

They will run at Wildcard Studios, 18 Balderton St, Mayfair, London, W1K 6TG on:

Mondays 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Actors are welcome to come in and warm up from 2pm.

(If a session is booked out, you can contact Donnacadh directly to go on the waiting list – places do come up – donnacadh.obriain@gmail.com)

A Bit About Donnacadh:

Donnacadh is an award winning new work specialist whose productions have played at The Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and internationally.

His recent production of gig-theatre hit Electrolyte by James Meteyard and Maimuna Memon for Wildcard has played two sell-out seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe and toured the UK and Ireland, with plans for further London and international dates. His acclaimed production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain won the 2017 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, playing in the West End, across the UK, and in New York after it’s humble beginnings at Battersea’s Theatre503.

Other productions include: Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, which reopened The Other Place; My World Has Exploded a Little Bit, and Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself, both created with writer/performer Bella Heesom for All About You at Ovalhouse; Mother Christmas at Hampstead Theatre; PEEP at Edinburgh and Latitude festivals; a major Irish production of King Lear; and as an Assistant director to Michael Boyd, the RSC’s multi award-winning Histories Cycle (The Guardian’s ‘Production of the Decade’). He has had the benefit of learning in the rehearsal rooms of Simon McBurney, Dominic Cooke, Greg Doran, Rebecca Gatward & Jonathan Mumby, and has been mentored by James Macdonald. He has taught and directed for most of the UK’s top Drama Schools, in particular RADA, LAMDA and BOVTS. In 2020 he created The Practice Room, a space for working actors to grow and evolve.

For more, check out Donnacadh’s Website