MEET THE LAB COMPANY
You may have noticed on our social media channels recently, pictures of 10 young people in a room participating in workshops, theatre activities, and other such fabulous events. These wonderfully talented strangers are indeed our 2018/2019 Lab Company who after successfully impressing after two sets of interviews were invited to join forces and create a company that will embark on a year long residency at the Theatre Royal Plymouth – whereby they will form a company, an identity, a style, gain and share knowledge, and ultimately present a brand new show in The Lab for the Summer 2019 season.
After having a few weeks to settle into the rhythm of things, and for us to have an opportunity to get to know them and for them to get to know each other – we’re now ready for the proper introductions! Without further ado, we’re delighted to welcome the following Lab Company members on what will surely be an incredibly rewarding and adventurous journey.
I’ve maintained a focus on developing myself as an actor from a young age, delving into acting classes and exams, constantly reading and watching plays, and performing at Theatre Royal Plymouth. However I’ve steadily found myself drawn towards directing and devising, which I’m so excited to explore within the Lab Company and in my time out before hopefully heading off to drama school!
I’ve just completed my A Levels, including drama, at Truro school sixth form. Aside from this, I’ve recently been involved with shows including Stargaze theatre’s Fringe play Boy in a Bottle, Cube’s revival of their original production of Hamlet, and Wildworks’ 100: Unearth. I also love to write and perform at my local open mic night. I’m really enjoying being in the Lab Company so far, and feel so lucky and excited to have the opportunity to work with this amazing team.
I am a graduate of the University of Exeter with a BA Hons. degree in Drama and an MA in Theatre Practice; specialising in the creation of autobiographical performance and the ethics surrounding it. I have directed and produced a number of productions in a variety of venues including the Exeter Northcott Theatre, The Barnfield Theatre and Greenside venues in Edinburgh. My practice is rooted in play and devising original work to create stories that are socially relevant and accessible. I enjoy making theatre that is fun, imaginative and visual, using physical theatre, puppetry and live music.
Having recently graduated from art school at university in London, I was delighted when asked to join The Lab Company a little closer to home in the South West. With a particular interest for acting, I’ve studied mixed media arts and performance in various capacities; and have been fortunate enough to work throughout London and Cornwall already. My interests within theatre lean toward new media storytelling and I’m constantly looking to improve my process however I can. My time as part of the company has been a whirlwind, I look forward to whatever’s next.
I have always been a creative person. Theatre gives me a purpose to be interested about our world, an eagerness to get people to feel and think, and to connect with them. I’ve been involved with 3 TRP Young Company productions, and played Celia in Shakespeare’s As You Like It at college. Recently, I’ve been in London training on a Foundation in Acting course at RADA. To further develop myself as an artist, being part of this year’s Lab Company is so exciting. I want to find confidence in making my own work, and challenge myself in areas other than acting. I feel privileged that I can do this alongside a fantastic company!
I’m really new to Plymouth, having moved here 10 months ago following my English Literature degree in Edinburgh. I work as a Production Assistant here at TRP, employed through the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursary scheme. The scheme has given me a brilliant first step into theatre, and I wanted to build on that. The Lab Company seemed like the perfect way to get more involved in the South West’s creative scene.
My role in the company will be as a producer, stage manager, technician, production manager etc. Basically, if it’s backstage, I’ll be getting stuck in!
I have recently graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA (Hons) in Theatre and Performance. Before moving to Plymouth I studied Theatre Pedagogy in Sweden where I later worked as a theatre practitioner/teacher for a short while before returning to university to learn more about creating my own work. I came to Plymouth through a university exchange and, fascinated by the postmodern theatre and performance art that I was learning about, decided to stay to finish my degree. I’d like to continue exploring ideas around postmodern theatre as well as the use of sound and movement in performance. I am now getting back into practitioner work as well as being given the amazing opportunity to develop and experiment with the Lab Company.
I originally came from a Psychology background studying at Plymouth University. However, in the last 5 years, I have discovered a real passion for theatre. My main interest revolves around performance and writing; with a particular focus on character psyche/development. My fellow lab members know me for my frequent use of the term “knitty gritty” when explaining my enthusiasm for understanding human behaviour. I am excited to create theatre that makes a difference and explore what it means to be human. I have previously taken on a variety of challenging roles and recently returned from performing at Edinburgh Fringe.
I have recently graduated from Rose Bruford College with a BA First Class in European Theatre Arts. The course specialised in the creation of devised and contemporary performance and included training at DAMU drama school in Prague. Previous to this, I trained as an actor at The Miskin Theatre. Special interests include clowning, physical comedy, storytelling, puppetry and theatre for young audiences. I am really excited to be a part of this years Lab Company, with the opportunity to devise and work collaboratively towards the creation of a brand new piece of work.
I recently graduated from the University of Plymouth with a BA in Acting (Honours). I was the inaugural recipient of the John Nettles Award for Excellence in Acting. I have written and performed award-winning plays, monologues, poetry and stand-up comedy. I have been cast in a few radio plays on the BBC and I am interested in everything to do with the arts and dramatic production. I have also spent the last few months living in New York making theatre, and designing and creating sets. I am now really grateful to be part of the Lab Company and am hoping to learn as much as I can.