The ARDENT8 project aims to support actors from low-income backgrounds who have graduated outside London and struggle to transition into this capital city, where there are increased opportunities to gain acting employment.
The full programme consists of:
- 10 practical acting workshops led by industry professionals.
- 1 session dedicated to the business of being an actor.
- 1 ‘scratch night’ performance in central London.
- 1 week professional performance at a central London theatre.
- Ongoing advice and mentoring.
“A wealth of knowledge, both technique in performance and of a wider industry context has been offered up to me and a passion for performing I had thought may be dead is now well and truly alive.”
“I learned to be confident in my belief that I am an artist.
“Dusting the cobwebs off and getting stuck back into performing. It reminded me why I do want to do this.”
WORKSHOPS 1 - 5
The first block of 5 workshops where led by:
Director Caroline Byrne.
Director Caitriona McLaughlin.
Artistic Director of ADF (Artistic Directors of the Future), Simeilia Hodge-Dallaway.
Former Artistic Director Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, Sean Holmes.
Co-Artistic Director of Dante or Die, Daphna Attias.
Workshops took place at RADA Studios and Old Diorama Arts Studios.
WORKSHOP 6 - 10
The second block of 5 workshops were led by:
Casting Director Ben Cogan.
Director Sue Dunderdale.
Director, actor and founder of Actor Awareness Tom Stocks.
Artistic Director of Offstage Theatre, Cressida Brown.
Theatre, film and television director, Sophie Lifschutz.
Workshops took place at Theatre Deli, Broadgate.
The Ernest Cook Trust
The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund
The Mercers’ Company