tank man

Size doesn’t matter

The guy was 6ft 4, about 17 stone and was screaming threats 1 inch from my face.


It wasn’t scary. It was just loud.


I have been pretty obsessed with the quality of listening in recent classes.
Stanislavski said that “the art of great acting is the art of great listening “.
Quite right. But its extraordinary how often this essential part of a transaction is missed.
car crash


My abiding memory of drama school was the plea from our esteemed head of department to ‘never take out insurance’.
A neat way of stopping us from apologising before, during or after a scene rehearsal.
This principle has stuck with me and, though I don’t always remember to practice it myself, I make a point of underpinning my students studies with it.


Fierce Intentionality

Things have been pretty busy at our school, ICAT. We have had a cracking  graduate production of Boeing Boeing, a busy time with our London school and a fantastic week with our course advisor, legendary theatre director Mike Alfreds.

As usual, over a season of heavy work, a pattern emerges. We begin to observe issues that weave through every class.

To you, the artist..

Welcome!  Exciting times. Having spent a year writing blogs for the ICAT (Independent Centre for Actor Training) website, I have decided to create a dedicated blog page.

I have really enjoyed processing discoveries and thoughts through these little articles and feedback from readers has been kind, positive and encouraging.