20
Jun
2015

FREE Shakespeare Day

  • Simon Trinder
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On Sunday 21st June, ICAT will hold a full free Shakespeare day for actors and students over 18. The day will be run by RSC actor, Simon Trinder who will introduce principles and techniques used in the rehearsal rooms at some of Britain's major companies. This is guaranteed to be a high energy, inspiring, fun and above all, accessible day.…

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12
Jun
2015

The 3rd Character

  • Simon Trinder
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I'm just listening to a producer proudly taking us round a set that features in a series we're filming. As ever i'm blown away by the expense and detail they have gone to. Ripping out existing spaces and replacing carpets and kitchens, wallpapering whole rooms and installing period radiators, drafting in incredible pieces of antique furniture. All of this will…

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06
Jun
2015

Fierce Intentionality

  • Simon Trinder
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Well, its been a while since our last blog. Huge apologies for the gap but things have been pretty busy at ICAT. We have had a cracking  graduate production of Boeing Boeing, preparations for our London school and a fantastic week with our course advisor, legendary theatre director Mike Alfreds. As usual, over a season of heavy work, a pattern…

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21
Nov
2014

Fitness

  • Simon Trinder
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As a school, we at ICAT have chosen to reject the traditional line of actor movement training: contemporary dance, ballet, jazz etc. As a collective, we agree that with over 50 years experience between us, we have thoroughly enjoyed the aformentioned disciplines but never been called upon to utilise any of those skills in professional circumstances. Well, not in their…

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30
Oct
2014

Just do it

  • Simon Trinder
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Nike got something right. Just do it. Having watched the final performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream from our graduating second years at a tiny Manchester fringe venue, I was struck by the sense of community that is created when you take a passionate group of artists, willing friends and family and tell a story. Magic happens. I have performed…

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26
Oct
2014

Insurance

  • Simon Trinder
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My abiding memory of drama school was the plea from our esteemed head of department to 'never take out insurance'. A neat way of stopping us from apologising before, during or after a scene rehearsal. This principle has stuck with me and, though I don't always remember to practice it myself, I make a point of underpinning my students studies…

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10
Oct
2014

The Arena

  • Simon Trinder
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If we are fortunate enough to welcome you into the ICAT  family, you will climb a red stairway into our building. At the top of the stairway, on our billboard, it says 'Train with those who do this for a living!'. It would be easy to see this as a throwaway statement or as a cheap sentiment but actually, it's…

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27
Aug
2014

Make or Break

  • Simon Trinder
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I have a theory. Every one of us is imbued with a capacity to create. A quantity of creative energy and that unique Human quality: the ability to choose. When I see violence and vandalism in the streets I feel innately convinced that the individuals who have committed those acts have allowed their creative instinct to be blocked, turn inward…

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25
Jul
2014

Armpits

  • Simon Trinder
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I know I'm at ICAT when there is a room full of armpits. Allow me to explain. 7 years ago when I began teaching at drama school level, I noticed a small frustration that I harbored. Everytime I asked for a volunteer there would be a moment's silence before the usual two or three hands went up in the air.…

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21
Jul
2014

The Third State

  • Simon Trinder
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" I am an artist, I paint portraits of people using MY ugly mug" The excellent Joseph Millson spoke these words at an ICAT masterclass two years ago. A superb analogy, it perfectly captures the job of the actor. Pressure builds before we have started when we attempt to 'believe' that we are another person. Or when we aim to…

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