Actoring Society Dissolution Statement

Dear Members, Friends, I regret to inform you that Actoring Society will be dissolved. The society has not operated so far in the academic year 2016/2017 and will now be closing. I would like to take an opportunity to thank all of you for believing in our vision, contributing ideas, hours and hard work and…

Barbara Blanka: “I am a child of the universe”

We had the chance to ask a few questions to actor and recent East 15 graduate, Barbara Blanka, before she flies off to her next adventure. It really is worth navigating the world of this energetic and charismatic young actress whose career so far is very promising. So, here’s a short introduction to the multi-talented Ms. Blanka. She has been dancing…

A Bit of Sunshine

Making theatre about eating disorders is no easy task, but some current East 15 students have banded together to tell an important story about them. Bloody Deeds Productions and KILTER are working together with Theatre503 to bring a powerful story about eating disorders to the stage. Bit of Sunshine, written and performed by Nicole Zweiback, is a story about…

My World in Britain

Britain and its place within the world is one thing, but I want to look at it from a different angle. What if that ‘world’ we talk about is already here in Britain, my world. What if many of the people that make up my ‘world’ are already here with me, international people. Can we have the…

Not From Around Here

By Rebecca Saffir It was at the beginning of my third year when a member of staff – who had taught me several hours a week, every week, for the last two years – peered at me over an alcoholic beverage and uttered the fateful words: “Yes, but where are you originally from?” Or it might have been,…

The Power of Theatre

It hasn’t happened to me in a few months, but when I was applying to drama school I got asked over and over again “Why do you want to be an actor?” Every time I would ramble about how important it was to me to do what I loved, and how I knew I would…

Actoring: April and May

Since Actoring Magazine’s first issue was published on 15 April,  springtime has well and truly arrived (we’ll just ignore the snow shower that came knocking at the end of April). The trees are blooming, barbecues are out, and the first years had to slather themselves in sun cream during living history. Although spring means another…

Proactive//Reactive?

When I first sat myself down and committed myself to writing something for this coming issue of the magazine, I asked myself: ‘What knowledge or priceless piece of insight would I be able to share with the world?’. Until this moment I wasn’t aware that it was possible to experience an uncomfortable silence during your…

Les Blancs – Review

Whenever I go to see a play at the National Theatre I’m always upset by how visibly white and middle-class the audience seems to be. However, sitting down to watch Yaël Farber’s Les Blancs, I noticed how many more people of colour there were in the audience. Although still not the majority, it was definitely…

Letter from the Editor

The theme for this month’s issue of Actoring Magazine is Britain and the World. I chose this theme because it felt particularly relevant to East 15 and the politics of today. In a month, Britain will vote on whether it wants to remain part of the EU. It’s a huge decision, and one that doesn’t…

Kings of War by Toneelgroep Amsterdam – Review

Kings of War is a five hour trilogy of Shakespeare’s Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III performed chronologically in Dutch, directed by Ivo van Hove and brought to the Barbican.  When I walked into the theatre I immediately forgot I was in a theatre. The set was very simple, and yet very effective. A 70’s feeling office…

Summer Season 2016 at East 15 Acting School

The Summer Season at East 15 Acting School has an exciting variety of shows coming up at the Corbett Theatre in Loughton and the Clifftown Theatre in Southend-on-sea. The 2016 Summer Season begins this week with The Last Straw presented by the BA Acting and Stage Combat course. We have the full list of shows available below. THIS…

The Upstart Crow of Feminism

I have loved Shakespeare since I was seven years old. Throughout my long career of school Shakespeare productions, I have played everything from the boisterous Stephano the drunken butler in The Tempest (my first role, and still my most acclaimed) to the meek Hero in Much Ado About Nothing. I’ve always loved playing the male…

‘The ‘Class Ceiling’ for British Actors

‘The ‘Class Ceiling’ for British Actors: Why does it exist and where do we go from here? The ‘glass ceiling’ is a term that symbolises a variety of barriers that prevent qualified individuals from advancing higher in their organisations. It is a well-known phrase thought to have been coined by Katherine Lawrence, a woman working…

How to Succeed as a Hollywood Actress: The Basics

Hollywood is known for making or breaking dreams. Here are three simple steps you can take as an actress to raise your chances of success. This article presumes you have taken as a given the objectification you will face and the fact you’ll only be offered supporting roles as one dimensional characters. Step 1: Be…

The Current Representation of Women in the Film Industry

After the invention of film cameras the first woman to be considered a true screen actress was Lillian Gish, making her screen debut in the 1912 American silent film, An Unseen Enemy directed by D.W. Griffith. Although today there are no laws prohibiting women from acting, and women have won awards and received recognition for their…

Beneath The Cloud (a response to the Glass Ceiling)

There stood a great flight of stairs out in the country which breached the clouds and the heavens and tailored off out of sight. Where it led no one knew but people were drawn to it from far and wide and formed an orderly queue at its base. Families talked of it at dinner in…

World Theatre Day Message

International theatre institute (ITI) – is a worldwide non-governmental organization connected to UNESCO – in 1962 it took the initiative to create the first World Theatre Day on the occasion of the opening of the Theatre of Nations in Paris. Ever since, ITI asks each year one of the outstanding figures of dramatic arts to…