Hi all, Jo here, founder of UTA. I’m writing this blog post to say WOW, my feeling after completing the first term of the Actor’s Playdate is incredible. To those who came, bringing your excitement and energy, your personalities and your laughter, to those who supported it, THANK YOU. I am brimming with inspiration having met and worked with each of you. I cannot express the value that these sessions have bought to our practice as a company, and I hope that participating has been as fruitful for those attending as it has been for me to lead them. On a practical level, drop-in sessions have proved fantastically useful to those who are not able to commit to coming every week. They have also allowed flexibility for some to dip their toes in and try it. Since this was our first term, our sessions have been adapted each week after personal evaluation and from feedback we helpfully received. We have also taken your comments on board and moved the session from a slightly inaccessible Wednesday afternoon to a much more comfy Saturday at 4pm. We have even extended the sessions from 1 to 2 hours, as we’ve found that the sessions are over far too quickly! The rate has remained the same, only now the time has doubled. The £5 an hour/£4 concession price has become £10 for 2 hours/£8 concession, and we aim to keep it low. Attending, you’ll get much more value for money because we’ll be able to run better quality games that may require more set-up, and activities that you’re able to really get your teeth into. As the facilitator, these sessions have a very clear goal to me. I want these sessions to be a place for actors to come back to, in order to feel grounded and ‘reset’ from the …

Hello friends, Phew! We’ve been so busy we haven’t had the chance to get in touch for a while. So much has happened, where do we even begin? We’ve begin working on our third project: Intersect. This piece is easily our most ambitious and exciting one yet. We even plan to leave the shire (Bristol town) with it! Intersect is inspired by various stories, philosophy, and our relationship with technology. It’s looking utterly fantastic if we do say so ourselves. We’ve said hello to some incredible new actors for this project (hayyyy!), and we’ve even switched up our venue, leaving us feeling re-energised. We’re launching our crowdfunding campaign for this project very soon, and to reward you for your support we have a ton of great rewards. If you’re interested in getting involved in this piece, we’re holding auditions! Information is available here: http://bit.ly/2g6NyQZ Here at UTA we try to open doors for people to get involved in what we do. We’ve held so many amazing workshops, including our hearty Lecoq series with the fabulous Igne Barkauskaite and a movement and voice workshop with our composer and vocal coach Lucy Hannam. We’ve even held a series of open rehearsals with our incredible collaborators! For September we have a new weekly session, the Actor’s Playdate. The first term begins on 6th September, and you can come along to individual sessions or save yourself some money and book for the whole term. Find more info here: http://bit.ly/2uI6knX Wowzers! As if that isn’t enough, we’ve been sharing our journey on Instagram, and our Blog. Don’t forget if you’re looking to keep up to date with all of our news or events you can join our Antetheatre Workshops & Opportunities facebook group, or subscribe via email. Laters alligators! Jo & The Team

Ever seen us burst through your place of work and start clambering all over everything whilst you just tried to eat your lunch? No, of course not, you were too busy being wowed by our grace and skill. Don’t worry. We get it all the time. Well, either way, as part of a new series fetchingly labelled WOEATDN? (What on earth are they doing now?) – we thought we’d take a minute to explain some of our antics. This video is of our second street-based antic. As part of our first ever collaboration with Irrational Behaviour, we created some exceedingly functional clowns (characters from our piece Auguste and the Moon, April ’16) and took to the streets of Bristol’s St Nicholas Market! Enjoy! (Lovingly captured by Emily Merrifield.)

Ever seen us out on the street and slowly inched away? No, of course not, you were drawn into the fun weren’t you? Well, either way, as part of a new series fetchingly labelled WOEATDN? (What on earth are they doing now?) – we thought we’d take a minute to explain some of our antics. Starting with this video of our first ever street-based antics. As part of our first ever collaboration with Irrational Behaviour, we created some cheeky – no, helpful – cleaning clowns (characters from our piece Auguste and the Moon, April ’16) and took to the streets of Bristol Broadmead! Enjoy! (Lovingly captured by Emily Merrifield.)

We’re walking. Trying not to put too much weight on your feet. Fill the gaps. A neutral walk. And now, if I meet someone and they meet me, we jump, and we, haha, well we try to clap. Eye contact. Acknowledge each other. And when you clap hands say your name. Try to walk faster and faster. Energy. And when you walk too fast start running. The sound of many light feet thumps on the dance floor as people run and jump. Now slowing down. Lowering yourself. Collect your breath. And now when you meet someone you’re going to do a little provocation, a little street fight. And then you can make sounds, stupid sounds, stupid movements. – ‘Shwaaa’ ‘Ha!’ ‘Katoo! -‘   Ok, lets get back to normal walk. You can feel the energy in the air. Hear only feet and breath. And now we’ll try to do its called the walk of giants. So, very big body. As big as possible. Imagine you’re MASSIVE. And you’re walking through amazing MOUNTAINS. And you look down on little people. You look down through the wind. How do you meet that wind in every movement? A massive storm is coming. Meet. Say hello the way giants would speak. Big voice. Booming voices. – Hellooooooooo! – After a large amount of fun with this one, the actors are arranged into two groups. Ok. So I want you to tangle yourself. Try to cross the space like that with as little sound as possible. Try not to crash into each other. The team to cross to the other side wins. The two teams, both a large clump of indistinguishable bodies with many legs, slowly lurch towards one another. No words are said as everyone concentrates. It’s bizarre, beautiful, surreal. After a while there is a sigh, as a group becomes accidentally de-tangled. On …