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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 … 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

Introducing … Adam Carroll-Armstrong

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Adam in rehearsals with Lily Shepherd

Adam plays Adam Bryant in our upcoming production Boy On A Bed

I run
Not me personally but Adam runs
No not me!
ADAM RUNS! I can see 13 words in and you’re already confused with my blog entry. To be honest I’m confused too.

So let me take you back to the beginning of time….
 
I’m Adam James Tiberius Kirk Carroll-Armstrong
Father Neil Armstrong
Mother Allison Carroll
Middle name, named after the captain of the USS Enterprise from Star Trek the original series.
Oh and I play Adam Bryant in ‘Boy on a Bed’. Now you see the confusion I’m Adam playing Adam… But at least people will remember my name.
Now enough about me let’s get serious and talk about the ‘Boy on a Bed’ KAPEESH (Italian hand gesture)

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. Starbucks where I waited due to being early for my audition (I’m always early) and as I sat patiently waiting I noticed that Starbucks slowly turned into the Star Wars cantina. No stormtroopers didn’t walk through the door fellow actors auditioning did!  Scripts were flying everywhere, people screaming there lines across the table and then opposite me a gentleman doing vocal warm ups in the middle of a busy Starbucks… He later got cast as Taylor in the production of ‘Boy on a Bed’ (Perfect Casting)
The actual audition was mostly a blur for me; I remember doing a Gazelle, lion, worm and pretending to be Gary Barlow. That might be the reason why Organized Chaos picked me because they’d ‘Never Forget’ and want me ‘Back for Good’

Let’s fly back via Tardis to present day….

The rehearsal process is like a box of chocolates you never know what you’re gonna get. Walking through the door into the rehearsal room is like running through platform 9 ¾. It is the most magical, bizarre and hilarious places I’ve ever been. I honestly wouldn’t change that for the world because without the team behind ‘Boy on a Bed’ I’d not be writing this blog right now, I’d be working in Wilkinson’s ‘Where there’s a Wilko there’s a way’ (You got a mention Wilko! Now post the cheque in the mail) honestly I would like to thank Organised Chaos for offering me the role of Adam because you gave me the most challenging acting job to date! Even though I thought I had no chance after sending an email saying ‘The play is like a perfectly baked cake’ now before I go I think it’s time for a list because everyone loves a good list!

Alastair & Gayle – Thank you for giving me the opportunity to run on stage at The Lowry.
Lauren – Oh My God (bangs head) without you I don’t think we would be able to put on the show. You are ‘Boy on a Bed’ glue you hold us all together.
Matthew – (whispers) Benedict…. If you weren’t Benedict I wouldn’t of had half as much fun as I have done with you (Italian hand gesture)
Lily – I never met someone so addicted to cake but so good at a shoulder massage…. Wow!
Michael – The most professionally dedicated actor I’ve ever met! I wish I was as dedicated as you are.
Finally Paula Radcliffe – my one, my idol, my inspiration COME ON PAULA WE CAN DO THIS!

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So people if you’re still reading this blog! What are you waiting for! Run to The Lowry and see ‘Boy on a Bed’ on Thursday 15th & Friday 16th May! You don’t want to miss a beautiful piece of art (no pun intended) 

 

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.

Introducing … Michael Loftus

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Michael (left) in rehearsals with Matthew Hattersley

Michael plays Taylor in our upcoming production Boy On A Bed

Right so erm, yeah it now just a few days until we open ‘Boy on a Bed’ at the Lowry……..

WHAT!!!!! *runs and hides under the cover with a copy of the script and Stanislavsky to hand*

But no seriously, it’s surprising how quickly the show dates have actually rolled around. It feels like only yesterday we were in the audition room waiting anxiously as Alastair made us play games and improvise with scripts in order to decide who would be in the show. Suffice to say though the whole process has been a right hoot. If laughter is as they say the best medicine then all us cast and creatives must all be as fit as fiddles now.  We’ve all grown incredibly close as team, and like on any other show we all have our little in jokes which send us into fits of laughter (‘Caravaggio’ my fellow team mates will know what I’m on about with that one), but between all the tom foolery we have all been working exceptionally hard and it’s both exciting and nervous knowing we are going to be putting all our hard work in front of an audience to watch in just a matter of days’ time.

With any new acting role there are always new acting challenges to face and playing the part of Taylor has been no different. Part of the challenge with Taylor has been making sure I have the accent down (he’s American for those who don’t know), and although I have been taught how to do an American accent before whilst in training it’s still not how I speak naturally, so I have had to make I get it right. I’ve even worked on it to the point of talking in an American accent for a whole shift in my day to day job (and convincing a few customers along the way of my American heritage, at least they seemed convinced anyway). Along the way with developing character as well our director has played the odd game with us, one with myself involving chasing Adam around the stage for a whole scene, (we won’t be delivering any scenes like that I promise) and its games and experiments like that which are always interesting for us actors as they help us to discover purpose in scenes, which at times on just reading the play we may not have thought of. This experimentation doesn’t just happen at the start of the rehearsal process mind you, it’s something that is organic and keeps happening, even as late as last week for example with Taylor, we tried adding a new element and approach the character which we think works well and have decided to pursue (again avoiding spoilers there), and it’s all part of what makes the whole process so exciting and enriching for an actor. 

So as I leave you to return to my script, my Stanislavsky and my American accent practice I sincerely hope that you’ll be able to come along to the Lowry on Thursday and Friday (The 15th and 16th of May) and see all out hard work come to life. We are just so excited this end to get into the theatre and see every single element come together and form our world and story on stage.

Until opening night

Michael Loftus 🙂

 

To see the tour dates and book tickets for Boy On A Bed, visit our website.