Being in our new space is pretty lovely, so much room to move around, and lots of light. We don’t have the sprung floor that we used to be spoiled by in our old room, and as a result you can actually see that the work has changed. This may be an issue in the future, however for now, movement that used to be automatically floor-based seems to have moved to something more mobile, so we’ll see. We’re starting with a warm up game of Cars today, an old Boal game. Then we do our conditioning, five plank positions which the actors know well, although how much they enjoy them I cant say. Today, we have asked to have just three of our actors, the others have had one to ones with our director Kara before this session. The three girls stretch after their conditioning in a deliberate silence, one rolls her neck, another is bent over from waist height hanging her arms and head, one is sat with her feet apart, holding her knees with her hands to stretch her legs and breathing deeply. This is how we like to start, time to get focused, to get your head into the game. Lucy, our composer and vocal coach, is working with us today. Kara instructs them to refresh themselves on their positions from last week. In the meantime she sits talking to Lucy about the timings of the piece. One of our inspirations for this particular piece is ‘phase shifting,’ music that cleverly goes into and out of time. The work we’re doing isn’t actually phase shifting, rather our music mimics this feeling and sound. The physical work and music in typical Ante fashion, are being created alongside each other so that they are interwoven. It is typical of …

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

As with most Tuesday sessions at the Island, the artists start with a warm up. It gives them the opportunity to limber up. Physically. Mentally. To become blank. Each character has yet to be written. Jo is leading today’s session. Cheery music blares through the small speakers in the corner of the room. It gives the four participants chance to be fun, erratic. The music tones down. More mellow. The stretches, movements become more subdued. Relaxed. Sitting now. ‘Can I ask you two to stand up’. Two of the three stand up. ‘Let’s play a game. Push not to win it’s called.’ The rules of this exercise are explained to our artists. ‘You’ve got to push each other with your arms without either of you winning, otherwise, you would lose the game’. The two players make an arch. Placing both their hands on each others shoulders. The strain of each others oppressing weight makes them both wobble slightly. It seems to be a game of balance. Whilst trying to maintain the upper hand by pushing forward, each participant must ensure that they do not go to far. To do so would mean both would fall. ‘It’s about learning to trust one another.’ Jo echoes my thoughts on the proceedings. ‘Do you feel like you’re holding back at all?’ ‘It’s a really good exercise for trust- learning how to use your body- using all of your strength, like your going to win- then, when you feel like you’ve pushed too much, withdraw’. Another pair forms up, while Jo looks on, observing. ‘Interesting’. There seems to be a slight increase in force between the two this time. They push to and fro. ‘This time it’s different. This time I can see real pushing’. Jo, again, calls for a halt. ‘Did you feel …