Category Archives: Introducing

Introducing… Taran Knight

Taran stars as Charlie in our upcoming production Lightspeed

Taran Knight

Taran Knight

I am a 27 year old Actor/Writer/Presenter, who studied Acting and Script writing at Manchester Metropolitan University.

I have been working professionally as an Actor for 3 years now, in which time I have worked in every medium ranging from Film and Theatre, to Improvisation and Voice Over. I have worked for the BBC, ITV, 24/7 festival, The national trust, as well as various theatre companies such as Organised Chaos. This will be my third time working with the company, though only the first on a full production.

I was intrigued when I heard about Light Speed. Apart from the brilliant locations the show would be on, the North West tour and the funding attached, I was attracted by the prospect of the script. The play lends itself to telling a story in an unfamiliar way- It starts at the end and works its way to the beginning. But the characters have so much depth, with there being a great opportunity to explore the relationship between the two with a non linear time frame. Also, the fact the story may appear subjective to each character and the emotional issues both face, it allows us as actors to find a hidden reality from the trauma both suffer.

Organised Chaos seem to be a company on the up. They have good solid connections across the North West, have secured Arts Funding at a time where, economically, the country isn’t at its strongest and the Arts are being heavily cut, whilst providing a platform for performers based in Manchester to showcase their ability. Hard work and commitment usually prevail, so lets hope this is the start of things to come when it comes to Organised Chaos. I will certainly be looking to work with them in the not too distant future.

 

 

To see more information on Lightspeed and book tickets for the show, visit our website –http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing… Mark Croasdale

Mark is the director of our upcoming production Lightspeed

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Mark Croasdale

Francesca Heraghty-Smith, Mark Croasdale

Let’s get the usual stuff out the way – I’m Mark, budding creative artist and theatre practitioner. I’ve previously worked with Contact Theatre Manchester, New Theatre Sydney and organisations including Hercules Productions, Coalition of Mischief and Amnesty International. I came to Organised Chaos after directing four shorts plays for their annual Mid-Winter Ignition and now make my debut with them directing my first full-length production, Lightspeed. 

Wouldn’t it be nice if I could start this post with the words ‘Some years later”. Instead of writing about my nerves for opening night I could then write about the success the show achieved and all the audience feedback. I could post pictures from the tour and tell you all the funny stories knowing that I don’t need to worry because ‘some years later’ it will all have happened already. Only that’s not possible, because in real life I can’t move freely through time, i’m stuck in the present.

That’s the beauty of theatre. In theatre ‘some years later’ can come in two minutes or in the case of Lightspeed, ‘some years later’ can happen in the very first scene. A play that starts at the end and finishes at the beginning sounds like a good idea and certainly to watch as an audience it’s very engaging. However, to act or direct a ‘backwards’ play does present some odd problems – “what scene is next?”, “has Emma found what she’s looking for yet?”, “is this scene before or after the major event?”. Actually the answer is both really, In ‘play order’ it hasn’t happened yet but in chronological order it has – or sometimes vice versa. Then, as with all good plays, there are so many emotions to be dealing with too! In a typical play the actors can build on their character journeys and rise to a climax but going backwards on stage is harder, the characters climax has already happened – but then the play structure itself still needs a climax later on otherwise it falls flat! Basically it can be easy to get lost, but that’s both a problem and a blessing.

Luckily i’m working with two wonderful actors, Taran Knight and Francesca Smith, both of whom seem not to mind being lost with me. In rehearsals each of them have found themselves on stage being incredibly honest with themselves and me – getting giddy, going red from embarrassment, feeling awkward and anxious and sometimes shouting with frustration – and that’s all before we began looking at the script! This is because, as with any process, it all boils down to playing with what you have and because of it’s topsy turvy nature the script lends itself very well to it. I’m a firm believer in play, but also in shaking an actor out of their comfort zone because it’s when we feel uncomfortable we make more believable decisions and the magic happens. Sometimes this has proven difficult or seemingly unnecessary but it’s actually very important to get lost, to allow yourselves to lose all ideas of what it should be because then you can end up surprising yourself and either getting to where you wanted with more knowledge or, lots of the time, getting somewhere better! We’ve managed to create a magical, sometimes surreal, time-lapse of a relationship that i’m thoroughly enjoying.

With that in mind, combined with all the good things that come with an Organised Chaos production, this process has proven wonderfully anarchic. There’s been a bit of play and discovery and it seems that, just like watching the play, the process of creating it has always kept me guessing. Saying that, we’re on in a week so I’d better get back to making those decisions!

 

To see more information on Lightspeed and book tickets for the show, visit our website – http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing… Clem Haran

Clem is the writer of our upcoming production Lightspeed

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My name is Clem Haran and I am a 22 year old graduate of Middlesex university who is based in London. I studied Theatre Arts (Solo performance) graduating with a 2:1 and prior to that I studied a Btec in performing arts (acting) at Kingston College.

In my final year of uni I focused on three major projects; An Interactive installation, a Stand up comedy (musical comedy based) routine and a submission of a play. I loved the course I love technical and anything behind the scenes especially prop making. My final year allowed me to focus in the three areas I was extremely interested in script writing being one of them. Ever since my time at college I’ve been influenced by playwrights such as Martin Crimp and Simon Stephens. These both have inspired ideas and works I have created and the style I like to use.

I’ve only been out of university a year and 5 months and in that time I’ve written original music for a musical about cheese that I, along with a friend took to a local festival and together put on. I was involved in a performance art based show with a friend and also I was asked to play piano for another friend as part of a charity gig. And I currently I run a theatre workshop for ages 13/14.

What I want to get from this experience ?

I’ve always been rooted into the medium and practice of theatre which is why I chose to study the practical course in theatre arts and not creative writing. I would call myself a playwright but I’m also other things. I love theatre and I love being able to get involved with many different projects using a variety of skill-sets.

I want to work with a theatre company for the opportunity for my work to develop. It will be nice to work with new people as opposed to friends, I think it will give me a fresh non-biased opinion.

I am essentially fresh out of university and so I’m still eager to learn, to impress and to get my work out there. I’m not a one trick pony. I like to think so anyway.

 

 

To see more information on the show and book tickets for Lightspeed, visit our website – http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing … David Bresnahan

David plays Elliot in our upcoming production of The Distance Between Stars

David Bresnahan

David Bresnahan

Why did I get involved with the show? I saw the casting opportunity on Casting Call Pro and I had an idea of who the character resembled. As an actor I think it’s important to be able to watch people and pick up on little idiosyncrasies to uncover the small truths of their personalities. Doing this I was able to get a clear understanding as to who Elliot was in the early readings of the script. 

What I like about it is… It relates to everyone, one way or the other. I believe that each and every audience member can relate to difficult times in life and in this case it’s caused by loss – another experience most will have felt.

My main reasoning for enjoying the script is the thrusting together of two people in the face of the difficult lessons life has given them.

In some respects both Elliot and Daisy work as councillors for each other, a mutual understanding builds a strong bond between the two through the piece. I also felt that the grief isn’t solely related to the deaths of Annabel and Calum, but the loss of a life they expected to unfold in the future.

The unfortunate events are the sole cause for Elliot and Daisy to come together and this creates an opportunity for two people to be united and therefore love is able to triumph.

Why did I want to work for Organised Chaos? I knew a couple of other actors who said they’d worked for Organised Chaos and had nothing but good things to say. I also knew Gayle from a production of The Breakfast Club back in 2008 so being able to work with her again was a nice little bonus.

What has the process been like so far? It’s been strange if I’m honest. I’ve found over my time working on the fringe that each and every production is different for it’s own reasons – be it through genre, who you’re acting opposite, who has written the script or who you’re being directed by. Tony (our director) has been very open about his methods and is very keen on creating three unique shows. The idea of us going on stage and simply playing is something that really interests him. For me I almost feel a little bit naughty going on stage and doing almost anything I like. But at the same time there is an unbelievable amount of liberation to our rehearsals. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever worked with a director who’s been keen on giving us that much time and space to play in. Overall it’s been a great experience that I hope results in a fantastic production!

 

To see more information on the show and book tickets for The Distance Between Stars, visit our website – http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing … Dave Jordan

Dave plays Mr Birzoni in our upcoming production of The Distance Between Stars

David Bresnahan & Dave Jordan

David Bresnahan & Dave Jordan

My first encounter with Organised Chaos was chaotic to say the least. A few hours spent with a writer to be performed 24 hours later at the 3 Minute Theatre, what a great experience!

I was over the moon to be cast as Mr Birzoni in Organized Chaos’ latest production The Distance Between Stars. With a great cast,creative team and writer.

Looking forward to final rehearsals this week, everything is coming together for the Kings Arms.

 

To see more information on the show and book tickets for The Distance Between Stars, visit our website – http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing … Mary Hooton

Mary plays Helen/Annabel in our upcoming production of The Distance Between Stars

Mary Hooton

Mary Hooton

When I got the call from Organised Chaos to step into the breach and play the role of Helen/Annabel in Steve Timms ‘The Distance Between Stars’, I readily agreed as I had been lucky enough to help with the read through of the script at an earlier stage. I have worked for Organised Chaos on two previous occasions, ‘Chaotic Combinations –  Duologue’, with the winning entry ‘Hilltop’ written by Organised Chaos alumni Michael Rumney, and most recently in the ‘Perspectives’ series with ‘Century’s Sisters’.

The company has a long history of mentoring and encouraging new work, from writers, directors and actors, with shows covering a variety of themes, and ‘The Distance between Stars’ is no different. Steve’s script gives so much for an actor to work with, creating a past family history, which affects the present, and also looks to the future. My own performance history covers everything from musicals to mask work on a canal, so I was pleased to work on a naturalistic piece for a change!

Without giving too many spoilers, I feel the subject covered in the show, was something both I could connect with personally and will also prick the conscious of the audience. I have found some great starting points to create a fully rounded character in the script. The language was also very life-like, I almost knew how the conversation would flow between Elliot and Helen before even reading it. ‘The Distance Between Stars’, ends with a positive tone, but without making the characters perfect, just human, and I hope we do it the justice it deserves.

 

To see more information on the show and book tickets for The Distance Between Stars, visit our website – http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk

Introducing … Demi Jo Franks

Demi plays Daisy in our upcoming production of The Distance Between Stars

 

Demi Jo Franks

Demi Jo Franks

“I am an actress who lives for the transformation; someone who really enjoys going from playing a sophisticated American Lawyer one minute, to playing a Columbian Cleaner in a detention centre the next. Variety and diversity is what excites me the most.

I have never come across a play like Steve’s, let alone a character like Daisy. The everyday feel of the text juxtaposed next to the unusual, unconventional and ‘alien’ (pun intended) plot/setting is something that Steve has coincided so well.

As an actor one of the biggest challenges is to be ‘ in the moment’ – which means not getting caught up in the concept of the piece and just simply being/reacting to what is happening at the present. There is a very real, normal, conversational feel during most of the scenes even though the subject and overall topic is something quite obscure and to explore and play this ‘realness’ has been a breath of fresh air.

Each character has their own personal struggle and it really has been enjoyable to play around with this in rehearsals and see when and how my character feels about different things at different times. This changes every time we rehearse as it would in real life.

Something that I have taken and learnt from this play is that feelings, whether good or bad, just… Are!

One should never try to justify or

judge themselves or others because they ‘should be’ feeling a certain way. There is no ‘should be’. People react differently to different things and it’s not society’s job to cast judgement.

It has been an absolutely pleasure working with and getting to know all the cast and creatives who are all slaving away tirelessly to bring Steve’s vision to life!

WATCH THIS SPACE.”

 

To see more information on the show and book tickets for The Distance Between Stars, visit our website – http://www.organisedchaosproductions.co.uk