2 Days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Actor!!

 

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Name: John Schumacher

Role within Company:

I am playing the part of Tom in the production of SKIN TIGHT 2013.

Your Background:

Liverpool born, working class rapscallion, I trained as an actor at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. I also perform as a stand-up comedian and recently moved to London to pursue that avenue.

 How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

I was cast in 2010 as Raul in Epsilons award nominated production of EXTREMITIES. During the run I built a fantastic relationship with the cast and producers who enjoyed my work and what I brought to rehearsals, so when the time came to cast SKIN TIGHT, my name was firmly in the hat.

 Favourite memory of rehearsals/show?

Whilst rehearsing the show for our Exeter run in 2012, we didn’t quite know what we had, because there were only a few of us in rehearsals, we hadn’t had an outside eye on it. So opening night could have went either way, we ran the show, giving our all completely immersed ourselves in Tom and Elizabeth…show finished…black out…music down… and the chorus of sniffles and weeps from the audience as we sat in the dark was glorious. Sadistically, I grinned and thought, job done.

 

What are you up to at the moment?

At the moment, I’m writing a sitcom, which I’ve been labouring on for years but boosted recently by funding for a pilot, so after SKINTIGHT, my energies are going into that.

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

Growing up on a working class estate, just on the cusp of the computer game revolution we made up our fun on the streets and wastelands, playing army or chasing girls with sticks… my brother and I convinced ourselves that if we tied bait to string (bait in this instance being a frozen fish finger) and held it down a sewer grate for long enough we’d catch a fish, I think we sat there all day until it was dark, my mother eventually calling us in for supper. Defeated, we left our sticks at the sewer grate and went in for… you guessed it, fish finger butties. My dreams that night were filled with me wrestling rods on a tug boat, tackling great whites, having my photo graph taken by the local news for catching an alligator with my bare hands. Grainy scratchy super 8 footage of me on a dock hands on hips foot ‘pon gator, chin to the sky…sigh. The next morning we awoke as most often do, got dressed (thank god) and headed for school. On the way we noticed our sticks… what if… I picked mine up, slowly raising it higher and higher before exposing nothing but a knot were my breaded finger of fish once hung. I ran to school and stood in the playground telling my friends if the giant fish finger eating reptiles that lived on my street, I was a hero, I kept the stick, I drew my newspaper article all week in class until I’d vanquished every green pencil at St Margaret Marys… I don’t go home often, but when I do I can’t help but lean of that sewer grate… just in case.

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3 Days To Go!! Meet my Skin Tight – Intern!

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Name:

Georgia Kitty Povey

 

Role within Company:

Part of Work experience, therefore I have been observing each job role which is involved within the company. In addition, I have produced photos of the rehearsals, creating a photographer role. (One of my photos is below)

 

Your Background:

I have studied Performing Arts at GCSE and I am now currently studying Theatre Studies at A Level at Prince Henry’s Sixth Form. I have been involved in other plays working back stage and acting, also I have photography experience, by also taking photos for other companies.

 

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

I got involved through Angela Bull for my work experience and have been observing each role and gaining a lot of experience from their expertise.

 

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show?

My favourite memory has to be observing the different warm up techniques and the different techniques to help develop on the play. In addition, observing the way the play has been brought to life. Furthermore, meeting all the members of Epsilon “Skin Tight”.

What are you up to at the moment?

At the moment I am doing the finishing touches on the photos that I took during rehearsals to create a finishing piece.

 

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

My favourite childhood memory would be participating as a lead vocalist in a community band which contained over 40 musical members and going on tour to Bruges and performing in front of hundreds of people and signing cd’s for them.

 

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4 Days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Associate Director

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Name: Holly Maples

Role within Company: Associate Director (and general helper in any way  )

Your Background?
BA Acting Central School of Speech and Drama, Ph.D. in Drama Trinity College Dublin, actor and director (worked with Wooster Group in NY and trained with SITI Company and Anne Bogart)

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?
I met Jemma Gross at the Lincoln Center Directors Lab in NY. Have felt very privileged to help out with this amazing and special production.

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?
Rehearsing in Jemma’s mother’s house with the beautiful back garden and under-reading for both actors which at times was like doing mental aerobics. –Also being asked to be the internal feelings of Angela Bull, great times.

What are you up to at the moment?
I am directing Ross Ericson’s new play, Life, for the Edinburgh Festival.


Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

My favourite memory is going to Bedford, Virginia with my sister and mom in the summers I was growing up. We would drive all night to get there and our two great aunts would be waiting up for us on the porch sitting in their rocking chairs. Felt so great going from Chicago to small town Virginia where people would do that.

Holly in Under-reading mode – crafting a moment!

5 Days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Stage Manager

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Name: Anna Kelly Robertson

Role within Company: Stage Manager

Your Background?

I lead a strange double life as stage manager and technician by day, and circus performer by night.
I attended drama classes and theatre workshops all through childhood and I found my way into the technical side of things age 14, when I attended a technical theatre summer school. After loving every minute of that summer, I went on to study technical theatre at college and after graduating I moved to Edinburgh to pursue freelance work.

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

When Epsilon brought Skin Tight north for a one-off show at Stockbridge Festival in Edinburgh, I was brought on board as a general technician for the performance. I created a simple lighting design for the beautiful, intimate venue and ran the lights for the show.

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?

Seeing the stage set, right before the show went up, candles glittering all over the place!

What are you up to at the moment?

I’m currently in the process of moving from Edinburgh to London for university. I’m about to start a degree performance course in Circus Arts, so I’ll be spending at least the next few years hanging around upside down! I intend to continue working in theatre backstage as well as studying and performing.

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play, what’s your favourite childhood memory?

Snow days were the best days. I remember one winter building a snowman, a snowgirl and a snowcar that I could fit inside!

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6 Days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Associate!

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Name: William Hartley

Role within Company:

Helper? Rehearsal aide? I was involved in the Research and Development rehearsaol process, which was a joy. ‘Co Rehearsal Facillitations Practitioner’…

Your Background?

I have been an actor for 9 years, most recently having done a lot of comedy stuff with my sketch group Clever Peter (BBC Radio 4) and CBBC comedy show Fit.

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

I met Angela when I moved down to London, playing alongside her in Blood Wedding. We became friends and stayed in touch, and when she asked me to help with this exciting project which I know is dear to her heart, I jumped at the chance.

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?

Trying to learn a basic tango. My lack of ability to move in time is evident; it was a challenge, and I prefer the drink!

What are you up to at the moment?

I am going to be performing in a show up at the Edinburgh Fringe: ‘From Where I’m Standing’ by the very exciting Delirium theatre company, which will be on at the Underbelly, at 1320. I am looking forward to doing some straight theatre after all my recent comedy work…

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

Trying to ride my dog, a rhodesian ridgeback, around the house as a tiny child, and using his tail as he passed to stand up.

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7 Days to Go! Meet my Skin Tight – Movement Director

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Name: Clare McKenna

Role within Company: Movement Director

Your Background?

I started off doing comedy Improv and Circus performance, combining them and then coming to London to study for 2 years with Philippe Gaulier. I began creating and performing physically comic shows and then took a U-turn to the classics and naturalism, both as a movement director and actor.

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

I met Jemma at GRAFT which happened at The Pleasance Theatre. I loved her energy and charisma and we stayed in touch. I think we also met before that at stage combat classes, as with Angie… it’s one of those “did we?” “Think we did” “Oh my God” Yep that happened, we were defo in the same room…but can’t remember!” And all sober!

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?

Sitting in the attic room of an empty industrial work place. We were going through the movement pieces before doing a rough run through. Just the four of us in an empty room with no real atmosphere… and I cried like a baby! I’ve never cried like that in a rehearsal. I’ve felt the potential for a show to make me cry, with lights etc… but not like that. Nor since. I had to give notes crying.

What are you up to at the moment?

I’m creating a project that will collect stories of a specific time during the emigration journey from the Irish. The aim is to collect and create a theatre show and film. I recently facilitated a group Irish of Irish emigrants and first generation Irish. The result was an insightful, heart wrenching and funny a book of short stories. Very humbling to me. I’m also heading over to Northern Ireland to begin rehearsals for a darkly comic and visual show which will be showing at The Assembly Rooms in this years Edinburgh Fringe Festival – almost like going back to my roots.

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

Playing on the streets in Dublin. Making swings on lamp posts, playing skipping with about 50 kids in the middle of the road, climbing out the bed room window and skimming the walls to play some more. The banter. On the flip side, playing in the hills of Monaghan. Making dinner out of cow dung, daring each other to enter the Fairy rings, sitting in the muck eating parsley and other veg, straight out of the ground and off the bushes. Then spending a few hours playing in the old house that was left exactly as it was, when the old man died. Trying on his hat, reading his books, looking at his pictures, sitting on his bed…

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8 days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Lighting Designer

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Name: Sherry Coenen

Role within Company: Lighting Designer

Your Background? Trained as a dancer till 14, then got into acting (was terrible), but through a tech theatre course that all acting students had to take at uni…discovered I was quite good at painting with light.

How did you get involved with Skin Tight? I was introduced to them by another company thinking of taking a show to the Park.

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year? Oooh tough one.  I have only come on board this year to Skin Tight so my memories are linked to other pieces…  Running through a bluebell wood in Colchester while out there for rehearsals.  Basically most of my fave memories are of running in the countryside while on different shows.  Or I really loved the swinging hurricane lamps in Moby Dick.

What are you up to at the moment? Lighting ‘Githa’ at the St James Studio

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

My grandpa backing the tractor into the pond on his farm after taking us fishing so me and all the cousins would scream blue murder as the water came up through the bottom of the trailer thing he had us riding in (it hitched onto the back of the tractor).  He did it every single time and yet we were always so surprised.

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“It was so hard to find a picture for you. My job is to not be seen!”

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9 days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Photographer

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Name: Andy Colbourne

Role within Company: Photographer

Your Background? :

I currently live in London and discovered a passion for Photographing ‘stuff’ from my Dad when he brought me my first SLR way back in 1979. Since then i’ve been lucky enough to photograph tons of great‘stuff’ I’ve even won a few awards for some that ‘stuff’ so I hope to continue doing this ‘stuff’ for sometime.

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

I was first asked by Epsilon  productions to photograph their multi award nominated play ‘Extremities’, I loved it and love working with them. I’ve been working with them ever since and long may it continue.

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year? :

Shooting the Skin Tight trailer last year was great fun, loosing a bet to the lead man John Schumacher and having to  eat an old pickled egg as the forfeit was not the greatest moment of my life.

What are you up to at the moment?

Taking one day at a time, with a fresh baked cookie a cup of coffee, maybe some chocolate but I promise to take my vitamins.

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

Running around with water pistols in 1976 the hottest summer recorded ever!!…happy days.

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Another beautiful moment captured that was to become our poster and the front cover of the published script by Methuen

10 Days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Producer and Actress!

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Name: Angela Bull

Role within Company: Producer & Actress

Your Background?

I realised I wanted to start acting when i was 7. I held onto that dream and there are still skid marks outside my house in Sutton Coaldfield from when I scooted down to London when I was 17 to go to drama college. In the bid to find interesting work and to maintain work I set up Epsilon Productions in 2006 as a vehicle for myself and to network within the business. I have maintained an equal balance between independent acting and Epsilon Productions ever since.

How did you get involved with Skin Tight?

In 2006 I was employed by Megan Finlay, a directing student at DSL, to be one of the two professional actors to work on her half yearly project, which was Skin Tight. We rehearsed it for three weeks for one performance and it was criminal. I fell in love with the piece so much that i knew then that i had to do a full dedicated run of the piece, and it has taken me until now to find the right team. All good things are worth waiting for.

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?

Finding ourselves in a sticky situation of losing one of our team 48 hours before leaving London to go on tour and finding a replacement lighting designer! Jemma needed to video the show to dropbox to him for him to watch on the train from Oxford to Exeter Whilst Jemma was videoing the rehearsal with full emotion and drama a member of public walked by and thought an attack was happening in the building and called the police. So one sticky situation leading to another! oops!

What are you up to at the moment?

All focus is on Skin Tight at the moment as both a producer and as an actress. Currently re-building the set in my garden!

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

It was the hideous winter of ’76. When I was seven I built a three roomed igloo with my sister in the beautiful grounds of a medieval manor house that I grew up in with my parents running it as a public house.

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11 Days to go! Meet my Skin Tight – Designer

All in a day’s work for your designer

Name: Jesssamy Wilson-Pepper

Role within Company: Production Designer

Your Background?

I have a background in Theatre Design and administration. (Jemma: ‘Do you want to elaborate on that?’ Jess: ‘No’. )

How did you get involved with Skin Tight? 

I worked with Angie, many years ago, at the White Bear Theatre on a play where dreadful things were done to her and I was impressed! She asked me if I would like to work on Extremities with her, Epsilon’s production in 2010, which I did.  I knew she had been brewing on this one so long and so when she asked me to get involved with the research and development stage I couldn’t refuse.  And then she got me drunk and kept asking me back on it – first for the show in Exeter and then Stockbridge and then this year for the Park.  (She only really had to ask once to be honest – it’s very exciting!)

Favourite memory of rehearsals/show/tour from last year?

There are so many because it was totally splendid the whole way through! I loved the fact that we went on a seaside R & D session and went and found proper barley and corn to go on the set (see photo above). I really liked working at the Cygnet in Exeter as everyone were total angels and I liked the fact that even though Angie and Johnny were so injured (Johnny had food poisoning and a broken heart and Angie had bruises all over her body) they still went on and the audience cried they were so good.

What are you up to at the moment? 

I am currently covered in shit (almost literally) painting a floor in Angie’s garden – set building for round 3! And I suppose I’m avoiding my work for the Notting Hill Carnival, as I am also meant to be painting a set of giant wings and then 11 smaller ones for some carnival divas.

Tom and Elizabeth share a lot of their own memories in the play what’s your favourite childhood memory?

A particularly strong one is luring a donkey over to a fence and then riding it very slowly all around a field all by myself.  The donkey was unwilling but also greedy.  Oh and herding sheep!

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