Yo, bring on the binge!!!!

I’m ashamed to admit but I don’t watch enough TV. And that’s real bad since I’m an actor… Continue reading

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Get me to the theatre!

I haven’t seen a good piece of theatre in a whiiiiiillllle, and in Paris the struggle has been real. French theatre just isn’t for me – hell to the nah, to the nah, nah, naaaah!

But good thing I’m back in London pretty soon so I’ll be seeing about one or two plays per week including: Continue reading

Studying in Paris

I’ve finished my exchange programme at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique and overall it was a positive experience.

We performed two classical plays at the end of June: ‘Mithridate’ by Racine and ‘Suréna’ by Corneille. It was a tough challenge for me because the plays were old-fashioned and the language very rich and dense – think Shakespeare but in french! However, with lots of help from my classmates, teachers and French friends for all over, I think I did a decent job in the end and I’m proud of each and every performance.

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My french has significantly improved, thank God. Given that I’ve been here for almost 6 months that was to be expected. What’s been quite unexpected, though, is that lots of people have told me that I don’t have an accent and I sound like a francophone. I’m always happy to hear that because it has been my mission to speak fluently without a strong english accent.

I’ll be in Paris until the end of the summer so my plan is to: go to the cinema as often as I can and watch a couple of new TV series online; research the industry, casting directors, directors, actors, etc.; read french plays and novels (a minimum of 30 minutes reading per day); continue to workout and stretch on a daily basis; and lastly enjoy the beautiful weather and experience all that Paris has to offer.

To be honest I’m very, very happy at the moment and I have a lot of energy. I’m focussed, my vision is clear and I feel that are some magical experiences and amazing opportunities lined up for me.

4 sold out shows of Bite Your Tongue

We finished our final show on Saturday and I just cannot believe our luck. That was our 4th sold out show and we had another full-house standing ovation. The feedback that we got from the audience was just incredible. People felt moved, inspired, provoked, enraged, they could relate to so many of the topics we touched upon during our hour long performance and lots said they would love to watch it again with friends and family who missed the show.

I am so grateful that we were able to affect our audience, show after show, by unapolegetically sharing our truth and our story. Continue reading

Bite Your Tongue rehearsal photos!

Only 7 days until showtime. Come join us for a night of great theatre at Hackney Showroom on 31st August, 1st & 2nd September at 7.30pm!

Bite Your Tongue is the latest show from Talawa Theatre Company’s TYPT.

Enough is enough!
How long can we do nothing?
How long can we bite our tongues?

In a city fracturing under the weight of hate and fear, a movement grows.

A new tower can be spotted on the skyline, nestled in between the glittering symbols of the city’s wealth and power.

Built by different hands.
Occupied by different bodies.

As the media becomes more divisive and political leaders lay blame on ‘both sides’, Bite Your Tongue asks whether we should find ways to come together or express ourselves on our own terms. Continue reading

Q&A with casting director & top agent

After today’s rehearsal at Talawa Theatre the cast and I had a Q&A talk with Shaheen Baig (casting director) and Kat Oliver (actor’s agent at Conway van Gelder Grant). They answered a number of questions on many topics including the merits of drama school, getting representation, auditioning, and so. As they shared so much information, I decided to share some of their most useful and relevant advice. Here goes!Shaheen Baig Casting

 

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