Fantastic response to Tangled Feet’s Kicking and Screaming

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Reviews:

The Public Reviews – 4 Stars

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Audience responses:

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Venue responses:

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Tangled Feet would like to thank everyone involved in the production and all of their wonderful audiences.

You can now book tickets to see the next show in Tangled Feet’s current season entitled ‘Care’. Care runs from 19th to 28th June at the Watford Palace Theatre. For tickets and further details go to http://www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/page/care

Why don’t we value Care?

By Kat Joyce, Co-Artistic Director of theatre ensemble Tangled Feet care, tangled feet, theatre, nhs Darwin’s law of natural selection, ‘survival of the fittest’ is often misinterpreted, particularly by the capitalist system to mean ‘survival of the best competitor’. But an equally valid interpretation is ‘survival of the best nurtured’.

In our society, the work of caring is not valued, at least not economically. People who care professionally – for children, old people, the sick – are often the lowest-paid. Profit-driven businesses and caring responsibilities often seem incompatible. The carer on a zero-hours contract, trying to look after a housebound elderly person in a 15-minute allocated home visit, epitomises how the dignity of the human drive to connect with others can be fundamentally undermined by the requirement to deliver a healthy profit margin.

The importance of ‘care’ in our society, and the often-unheard stories of the people doing the caring, are at the heart of Tangled Feet’s work in 2015. As we step back inside theatre auditoriums (after a spell of making work in public spaces) it seems fitting to focus our attention on the close-up, intimate acts of caring and being cared for that happen in our homes and our hospitals.

In ‘Need a Little Help‘ a show for 3-7yr olds, we explored the world of young carers, inspired by the young people we’ve worked with in recent years who carry the responsibility of caring for a parent or sibling. In that production (which happened at the Half Moon in January) we experienced the beautiful phenomenon of even the smallest children in the audience bursting with a desire to reach out and help our protagonist, Ella, as she struggles to juggle her caring responsibilities with a desire to play. We are all hard-wired to care for others. (You can see a wonderfully detailed review of the production here).

In ‘Kicking and Screaming’ we continue a strand of investigation that we began with ‘Push’ looking at what it’s like caring for a small baby. No-one wants to admit that they are struggling – or worse, failing – as a parent, but many wrestle with these concerns all the time, while simultaneously trying to present a veneer of having it all under control. There’s very little theatrical work about the domestic world of child-rearing, perhaps because so much of it happens behind closed doors and is considered mundane and of little importance. In Kicking and Screaming, Tangled Feet shine a light on the 3am netherworld of new parenthood, examining the pressures on relationships as we try to adapt to our new lives and new responsibilities. Read the 4 star review here.

Our headline show of the ‘Care’ season, a co-production with Watford Palace Theatre in June, examines the pressures faced by the NHS as the Health and Social Care Act comes into play. We’ll be making the show as the General Election happening, where it is predicted that the future of the NHS will be a make-or-break issue for many voters. What will the NHS’s future be come May?

As an ensemble, caring relationships are right at the heart of Tangled Feet. We know that the ‘value’ in our company comes from the trust, investment, excitement and commitment of the people who spend time working on, watching or taking part in our projects.

The ‘creative industries’ can often feel quite cut-throat, with individual artists lauded or discarded on the basis of their current hype level. But as an ensemble committed to a long-term artistic journey together, we are invested not only in each other’s creative development but also in each other’s wellbeing. We try really hard to create a working situation together which enables and inspires people to deliver their best performance, but also accommodates them when they are not on top form or need some flexibility – when they have just had a baby, or are recovering from injury, or a bereavement. This may not necessarily make us the ‘best competitor’, and it certainly doesn’t help us drive a profit. But sharing these joys and sorrows together – being part of something that we nurture and that we hope also nurtures others – makes the work, and our experience of it, infinitely richer.

Follow Tangled Feet on twitter: @tangledfeet

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Watch their work on Youtube: Tangled Feet Channel

You can book tickets to Tangled Feet’s new show “Care” at Watford Palace Theatre here.

Penguin chats with … the Bristles team

Penguin in the Room spoke to the team behind new comedy film Bristles about their story and fundraising for film.

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Bristles in 25 words or less – go.
Quirky comedy about the perils of honeymooning in the 1930s. Lilly is adventure-loving and modern, Lisle is a straight-laced prude. It’s all about to go wrong.

A lot of people are using crowdfunding these days. Why should people support Bristles?
Well, we’re running a sort of interactive crowdfunding experience. By pledging, you become part of this couple’s reality. As the film is about their honeymoon, we’re having a wedding reception for them. On Kickstarter you choose which wedding guest you are – so you might be the work colleague, or the best man, or the fourth cousin once removed, depending on what pledge you make – and that is your character at the wedding. There are also rewards like naming a character in the film, or actually being in the film, which means that Lilly and Lisle will meet you on their honeymoon. The way you pledge might change the film completely.

You both started out as actors, but you are doing more than acting this time aren’t you …
For me (Noor) acting and producing go hand in hand. They employ a very similar skill set and require copious amounts of energy! It’s really important to know which role you are doing at which time and keep clear boundaries. I love having a relationship with the whole crew as well as my fellow cast, and often produce films that I can act in which helps further both careers of mine!

Is this a full time job for you?
God yes! But then there are all the other full time jobs we have to do on top! Multi-tasking and delegation are extremely important in pre-production. We’re very lucky to have a dedicated team working around the clock on this campaign.

So are you getting paid?
God no! This is a passion project for us, but one of the reasons we’re working so hard is to make sure we can pay our cast and crew. Our mission statement is to “invest in people before things” and Danielle’s article, recently featured in Creative Digest, talks about a new way of making indie films. We have a fantastic crew on board who are all committed to pooling resources to make an awesome high-production value, highly collaborative film.

What advice would you give someone starting out on their first production?
Be humble and value the people around you. Film can often feel like an isolated medium to work in because there will be a lot on your plate, but actually there is a beautiful community of collaborators happy to get involved. Everyone is full of great ideas and many have built up a solid list of resources over time.

How have you incorporated social media into your campaign?
We have had an overwhelming response to our Facebook page and Twitter account as soon as we launched them. We make sure we share varied content and we are really looking to engage with our audience, share stories of interest, consistently shoot new footage and photos to keep everyone updated and we have been interacting with all the businesses who have shown their support.

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Back the project via Kickstarter here: “Bristles”

Penguin in the Room @prartsmarketing is some penguins with an arts marketing dream: penguin stepping our way into the arts industry and helping creatives flourish! Specialising in online marketing, social media, branding, copy writing, media coaching and web design for actors, artists, casting directors, agents, production companies, theatre companies and creative individuals.

Contact us any time for penguin chats via email: info@penguinintheroom.com or Facebook.com/penguinintheroom or waddle over to the website: www.penguinintheroom.com

10 Top Life Coaching Tips for Success and Happiness in 2015

Penguin in the Room spoke to top life coach Carole Ann Rice for top tips for your road to success in 2015. We will be following some of these too.

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Carole’s top tips for 2015 are:

1. Be “responsibly selfish”

We often put our needs last on the list but now its time to carve out space for YOU to relax, take up new hobbies, eat well and invest in your wellbeing and development.

2. Have Goals

When we feel we are working towards something life takes on a new dynamic. Find some top tips on goal setting here.

3. Stop Controlling

There are very few things we can truly control – other people, our future, the now. Learn to live in the more, after all it’s all we have.

4. Act ‘as if’

Act confident, in demand and successful and people will buy into it and treat you that way.

5. Celebrate the day

Stop saving your best dress, shirt, earrings, perfume for special days. Seize the day and loo and feel your best and lavish yourself with all your best stuff right here and right now.

6. Don’t put life on hold

Happiness and feeling great is not something outside of you or over there. We often think “I’ll be happy when…” but happiness is something you ‘be’ not wait to become. What if you had everything within you right this minute to be happy and complete?

7. Learn to ‘let go’

Life delivers knocks, blows and setbacks to all of us and it is our ability to “let go” of negative experiences which dictates our happiness and wellbeing. Make peace with your past and move on.

8. Don’t sweat the small stuff

Declutter your life of extraneous, tiresome or useless things. That includes your home, thoughts and community.

9. Look for silver linings

We are hard wired to go to the negative, to be vigilant and expect the worst to happen. Try to train your brain to see the positive and look on the bright side. As yourself “What’s the best that could happen?”

10. Smile

You can find Carole Ann Rice at Real Coaching: www.realcoachingco.com

Penguin in the Room @prartsmarketing is some penguins with an arts marketing dream: penguin stepping our way into the arts industry and helping creatives flourish! Specialising in online marketing, social media, branding, copy writing, media coaching and web design for actors, artists, casting directors, agents, production companies, theatre companies and creative individuals.

Contact us any time for penguin chats via email: info@penguinintheroom.com or Facebook.com/penguinintheroom or waddle over to the website: www.penguinintheroom.com

Social Media for Casting Directors (Film/TV/Commercial)

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So you are a Casting Director in Film/TV/Commericals and you are interested in social media, you might even have a Facebook or twitter profile but what social media channels should you be using?

You should be present on these 4 : Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo and LinkedIn

1. Twitter – over 500 million members and the one every one is obsessed with. Great for people on the go – you can tweet anywhere if you have a smart phone. Perfect for finding opportunities,  networking with potential clients, promoting your work and sharing those casting calls that are a little bit harder to find.

2. Facebook – over a billion members! The Facebook membership is getting older so you will find more and more industry folk on there. Great for connecting, keeping tabs on your connections, finding opportunities and promoting your work. Images work better than text on Facebook so make each post visual (think of all those stills you can use from your projects)!

3. Vimeo – very popular in the industry particularly with film-makers so lots of networking possibilities. Vimeo also enables you to password protect your videos (YouTube doesn’t) so the public can’t see them – upload videos of your auditions and send the link and password to your director/client if they can’t be with you. Much better than downloads!

4. LinkedIn – widely known as the biggest lead generating social media network, which means that people get the most work from this one. Great for keeping tabs on your connections and promoting your CV. Take a look at What is LinkedIn? A Straightforward Guide for more info.

If thats not enough social media time for you then it’s definitely worth checking out Pinterest and popping your reel on Youtube – it’s the second biggest search engine after google don’t you know!

Penguin in the Room @prartsmarketing is one penguin with an arts marketing dream: penguin stepping my way into the arts industry and helping creatives flourish! Specialising in online marketing, social media, branding, copy writing, media coaching and web design for actors, artists, casting directors, agents, production companies, theatre companies and creative individuals.

Contact me any time for penguin chats via email: info@penguinintheroom.com or Facebook.com/penguinintheroom or waddle over to my website: www.penguinintheroom.com

 

Penguin chats with … Casting Director Shakyra Dowling

Casting Director and Penguin in the Room client Shakyra Dowling visited the penguin pool this week to answer some casting and online marketing related questions.

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Follow Shakyra on twitter @ShakyraDowling

Whats the biggest misconception about casting directors?

Probably that we are scary people! We want actors to do well, we only bring you in because we think you are PERFECT for the job.

What are you up to at the moment?

Casting 2 feature films – one British Independent and the other a Danish/US co-production

Top casting tips for actors?

- Always learn the sides sent to you.

- Find out who is going to be at the meeting and check them out on IMDB.

- If you can watch some of their previous work on VOD then do so.

You are on twitter and Facebook, do you post castings?

Twitter – especially for those hard to find role!

Do you think it’s important for actors to be aware of their online presence?

Yes, producers always want to know how much publicity they can get out via their cast. So if you have a large following, they are impressed.

Do you chat to actors on twitter?

Sometimes, usually ones I know personally or have cast in the past.

Do you think actors should be on youtube?

If they have a body of work online (trailers for films, online ads, shorts) then its good to have it all in one place on a youtube channel. Showreels should be on spotlight or vimeo as they are more industry tools.

Penguin in the Room @prartsmarketing is one penguin with an arts marketing dream: penguin stepping my way into the arts industry and helping creatives flourish! Specialising in online marketing, social media, branding, copy writing, media coaching and web design for actors, artists, casting directors, agents, production companies, theatre companies and creative individuals.

Contact me any time for penguin chats via email: info@penguinintheroom.com or Facebook.com/penguinintheroom or waddle over to my website:www.penguinintheroom.com

Social Media for Producers

So you are a producer and you are interested in social media, you might even have a Facebook profile but what social media channels should you be using?

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You should be present on: LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook

1. LinkedIn – widely known as the biggest lead generating social media network, which means that people get the most work out of this one. Great for keeping tabs on your connections and promoting your CV online. Take a look at What is LinkedIn? A Straightforward Guide for more info.

2. Twitter – over 500 million members and the one every one is obsessed with. Great for people on the go – you can tweet anywhere if you have a smart phone. Perfect for starting conversations and finding opportunities as well as promoting your productions.

3. Facebook – over a billion members! The Facebook membership is getting older so you will find more and more industry folk on there. Lots of theatre companies and film companies have pages so a great place to make connections. Great for finding opportunities and promoting your projects.

Penguin in the Room @prartsmarketing is one penguin with an arts marketing dream: penguin stepping my way into the arts industry and helping creatives flourish! Specialising in online marketing, social media, branding, copy writing, media coaching and web design for actors, artists, casting directors, agents, production companies, theatre companies and creative individuals.

Contact me any time for penguin chats via email: info@penguinintheroom.com or Facebook.com/penguinintheroom or waddle over to my website: www.penguinintheroom.com