Top Ten Reasons to Learn Acting as an Adult.

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When we are children or when we have them our evenings and weekends are often dominated by extracurricular classes. As a child, I tried…. horse riding, ballet, Irish dancing, singing, guitar, and of course speech and drama. Notice the total absence of any sports activities, it was clear early on I was more artistic than athletic. I was very fortunate to be able to attend drama after school as it completely shaped my future. Especially as there was no drama or music at my school, I still feel hard done by when I hear about TY musicals! 

Usually, our list of extracurriculars gets smaller and smaller as we age. Until as a teenager we only attend the one we feel really passionate about or none at all. This is frequently a side effect of our secondary school’s atrocious amount of homework and the stern emphasis on the leaving cert’s importance. But once we’ve finished school, finished college (if we choose to go) we have that time back (to a degree) but we rarely consider using it for an adult “extracurricular.” I feel that is a missed opportunity and so I’m proposing the top 10 reasons adults should take an acting class.

1. Confidence

Completing acting exercises and gaining performance skills builds confidence in students of all ages. Being pushed past our comfort zone and being asked to be a little bit silly helps us become less self-conscious. This new found confidence will improve every aspect of our life’s outside of the arts.

2. Meet New People

It can be so difficult to make new friends as an adult and an acting class is a brilliant place to meet open minded people. Nothing builds friendships better than bonding over a funny improv session or a stressful show week!

3. Improve Public Speaking

Have an important presentation at work? Having trouble with your th’s ? Have to give a best man speech? Acting classes can help improve your public speaking and posture, leaving you prepared for all of these instances and more.

4. Improve your Imaginative Thinking

Acting classes build our creative skills by asking us to view the world from another perspective and think outside of the box. This skill can be implemented into all areas of your life, allowing you to problem solve more creatively.

5. A Safe Space to Play

It may sound cliché but through arts we really can connect with our inner child. It is a safe place to experiment creatively through play. It’s an escapist space where the only goal is to create and learn, which can be refreshing especially if you work in a very practical field.

6. Me Time

As an adult we can have so many commitments to work, relationships, family and friends that we don’t take time for ourselves. Taking an hour or two each week to attend a class for yourself can help solidify our identity in a new setting. It is so important to have something that is just for you.

7. Empathy

As actors we have to analyze text and learn to empathize and connect with the characters we are playing. Often these characters are very different to us, they may be from a different background, culture or even decade. This encourages us to empathize with others and view the world from several perspectives.

8. New Plays and Films

Through acting classes you will be introduced to many plays and films that may be completely new to you. Through studying acting and text analysis you’ll also appreciate these works and others even more.

9. Shine on Stage

The adrenaline rush you feel just after your five minute call is like no other. The nerves, the excitement and the build up is all so wonderful. Whether it’s performing on an actual stage or in the rehearsal room it’s an experience everyone should have at least once.

10. You could be a Star in the Making!

You may have always wanted to give an acting career a go but other things got in the way. Now is your chance, it’s never to late.

Casting Call

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Audition Slots are now full.

To be placed on a wait list please email evasecho@gmail.com.

We are so delighted to announce auditions for our upcoming production It’s True I Love You All So Much by Jenni Nikinmaa. This production is a piece of digital theatre, this makes casting especially exciting as anyone with decent WIFI, a webcam and a mic can apply from anywhere in the world.

The Play

It’s True I Love You All So Much is a new and innovative piece of interactive digital theatre. The audience watching is in front of their screens, disconnected from each other and disconnected from the performance, performer, and the stage, which are the same thing, the screen. The audience is part of the process, the part that is watching how self-harm and madness perform themselves. The audience engages several times throughout the performance via completing surveys, attending zoom calls and clicking on animations that progress the performance.  The performance explores family dynamics, self harm, mental health and love through text that is both blunt and poetic in its delivery. 

The Cast

We are looking for actors and voice actors of

  • Any gender
  • Any ethnicity
  • Any age
  • Any level of experience

One actor will need to be available for filming on August 30th at the Town Hall Theatre Galway. All other roles will be rehearsed and presented entirely remotely.

The Characters

  • Performer A
  • Performer B
  • The Black Hole
  • Voice of Grandmother
  • Voice of Chorus
  • Voice of Guardians

The Production

  • This show is produced by Eva’s Echo Theatre Company
  • This is currently a profit share production.
  • Auditions take place via zoom on Tuesday August 3rd between 12pm and 6pm.
  • Rehearsals will take place between August 16th and September 27th online.
  • The final rehearsal schedule is confirmed and agreed upon once casting is completed. This is to enable actors with other work commitments to audition on equal ground.
  • Each team member is required to sign a contract and agree to Eva’s Echo’s code of conduct. This is to ensure each team member is entitled to the agreed fee, is protected against work place bullying and receives credit for their work.
  • The show will take place online at 8pm from September 30th – October 2nd.

Audition Slots are now full.

To be placed on a wait list please email evasecho@gmail.com.

Stages of Arts Applications

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This is a busy time of year for artists of all disciplines for sure. Reason being, applications! Whether applying through the Arts Council, upcoming festivals, bursaries or any other type of funding, the summer months seem to be peak times with numerous applications opening and deadlines assigned by the new time. Here are just some of the stages of completing said applications; 

  1. Optimism: You get a notification, another application is open. You take an in-breath and… It actually doesn’t look so bad. Seems straight forward, you have all your info easily ready and the deadline is in two weeks! It’ll be done in a day, for sure!
  1. Confusion: Wait a minute… You stumble upon a section with complex wording/a question that can mean one thing or the opposite (may not affect the application, but it just might) or just something you swear is written by an alien. You ask around, get advice and hooray! Problem solved! Moving onto the next section.
  1. Procrastination: Pubs are open again, the sun is out, you wish you could go but you’re just soooo busy with this application… In reality, you’re messing with your hair, your bestie is distracting you with funny animal videos, you’ve found out that new series has started and have now started to scrub the stubborn stain off the mantelpiece. You PROMISE you’ll get back to it when you’re done… Yeah… 
  1. Panic: You’ve been at the laptop for 3 hours, you can’t remember when you’ve last showered never mind eaten (a real meal) but that’s ok you’re nearly there. You’ve just one more section then… Where is it… Where’s the draft?! Where’s the form?! WHERE IS IIIIIIITTTTTT?! … Oh wait it was minimized, phew!
  1. Post Submission: That’s it, it’s sent! Aaaaand now you’ve passed out. 

The bottom line is to mind yourselves when doing these applications. Break it down into small chunks, get help from a friend, ask other people in the arts community for advice, and do not, I repeat, do not stress. Get out and away from it when you need to, let your friends know if you’re struggling and please please please, eat something that’s not Koka noodles!  

Dose on the Pride Player

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We are so proud to have Dose featured on Dublin LGBTQ Pride’s Pride Player in collaboration with Dublin Gay Theatre Festival.

Rena Bryson’s new short drama Dose takes place the night before Oisín and Patrick’s wedding. Tensions rise as the couple face the consequences of their families merging, leading Oisín to reveal a dark secret he’s been hiding from his fiancé.

The piece was directed by Hazel Doolan and stars Conor O’ Dwyer and Killian Glynn.

Watch it & all the other amazing plays now at https://dublinpride.ie/pride-player/

The Ultimate Uniform Drink Guide

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One of the things we miss most about a night at the theatre is mingling in the foyer with a drink before showtime. So we’ve decided to put together a list of cocktails for each character in our upcoming digital performance of Uniform. So you can enjoy the theatre experience from the comfort of your own home.


Vodka Martini

“I’ve said my prayers, I deserve this.”

Ms Evans


STEP 1
Combine vodka and dry vermouth in a cocktail mixing glass. Fill with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

STEP 2
Garnish with three olives on a toothpick.


Long Island Iced Tea

“Go big or go home!”

Sadie

STEP 1
Pour the vodka, gin, tequila, rum and triple sec into a large (1.5l) jug, and add lime juice to taste. Half fill the jug with ice, then stir until the outside feels cold.

STEP 2
Add the cola then stir to combine. Drop in the lime wedges.

STEP 3
Fill 4 tall glasses with more ice cubes and pour in the iced tea.


Ginger Mule

“I need to watch my calorie intake high!”

Meabh

INGREDIENTS
30mL Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin
15mL fresh lime juice
2 dashes bitters (optional)
Ginger beer (or ale)


STEP 1
Add ingredients to a tall glass

STEP 2
Top with ginger

STEP 3
Garnish with lime wedge and mint sprig


Cosmopolitan

“I feel like Carrie Bradshaw!”

Geraldine

INGREDIGENTS
45ml lemon vodka
15ml triple sec
30ml cranberry juice
10ml lime juice
Ice
orange zest, or a lime wedge on the rim of the glass.

STEP 1
Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

STEP 2
To make the garnish: hold a 3cm round piece of orange zest about 10cm above your cosmo and very carefully wave it over a lit match or lighter flame. Bend the outer edge of the zest in towards the flame so that the orange oils are released, then drop the zest into your drink.


Screwdriver

“Cheap and easy.”

Kate

STEP 1 (& Only)
Put a handful of ice cubes into a tall glass and pour over the vodka, followed by orange juice.


Strawberry Daiquiri

“This is one of my five a day, right?”

Heather

STEP 1
Blend the strawberries then push the resulting puree through a sieve to remove some of the seeds. Tip the sieved puree into the blender again and add the ice, rum and lime juice. Blend again and divide the mixture between 2 Martini glasses.

STEP 2
Thread the lime slices and strawberry halves onto the cocktail sticks and place onto the edge of the glass, serve immediately.


Sex on the Beach

“Maybe I’ll get lucky?”

Ciara

STEP 1
Fill two tall glasses with ice cubes. Pour the vodka, peach schnapps and fruit juices into a large jug and stir.

STEP 2
Divide the mixture between the two glasses and stir gently to combine. Garnish with the cocktail cherries and orange slices.


Manhattan

“It’s the successful people drink.”

Eve

INGREDIENTS
50ml bourbon or rye whiskey
25ml rosso vermouth
5ml syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Ice
maraschino cherry
a twist of pared lemon

STEP 1
Stir the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish and serve.


A Cuppa Tea

 “I don’t drink.”

Amber

STEP 1
Sure ya know yourself!


Theatre at Home

Whatever your drinking we hope you will join us for the digital production of Uniform streamed from the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm on May 22nd.

Book your tickets here – https://tht.ie/3586/uniform