The New Boy Christine Lalla

The New Boy is a feature film written and directed by Christine Lalla. It follows the story of bored  school girl Louisa as she gets a crush on her new neighbour, Sam- a boy whose past is of interest to a local middle aged waitress seeking her lost son.

I played Leyla, one of Lousia’s best friends who is excited about this intriguing new boy. I am very excited to be apart of this feature film, it’ll be my first full length film!

Check out the website: http://thenewboyfilm.com/photo_12309482.html and my profile for more information.

Finding Pria by Paris Robin

Recently I was delighted to be involved in a project written and produced by upcoming film-maker Paris Robin (she also performed the lead role, Jade). Based on her personal experiences of London’s darker side, Finding Pria is about foster care; arranged marriages and brothels. It is currently in post production but I would recommend this as a short film worth watching as it will open your mind up to very, depressingly relevant issue in today’s society. 

I played a gang member who attempts to mug Jade. This was a challenging role for me to approach but I feel I was successful in creating a believable bully using techniques I had learnt from the production of Mogadishu where we spent a lot of time on making the gang seem as scary and real as possible. 

Finding Pria also has a high number of female roles with is another reason why I really enjoyed being part of this film. It showed female characters in a positive light dealing with issues more than relationships. Something I feel strongly about. Robin has written and produced a fantastic piece of modern film.

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The Princess of Light by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson

If I had to describe The Princess of Light in one word it would be BEAUTIFUL.  The set twinkled as the characters sung and danced there way across the stage. The songs were witty but classical and the singers made it seem so easy and natural in their performances.

Obviously, the star of the show was Rosalie Craig who played the Light Princess- Althea; cursed as a child to float without gravity. A strong willed character desperate to escape the disappointed me she has received from her father and nation, particularly after she is thrown into becoming the heir following the death of her gallant brother. Craig sings like an angel and effortlessly floats around the stage with the aid of master puppeteers who carry her through somersaults and pure strength. Wires are used a few times to create magical moments for example the moment when the solemn prince, Digby (played by Nick Hendrix) meets his arch enemy Althea and is enraptured by her ability.

However, I was also thoroughly impressed by Althea’s maid: Piper played byAmy Booth-Steel who narrates the piece from beginning to end in a timeless ability and really compliments the brash Althea with her happiness and bubbly character.

I would recommend this as a good watch for anyone looking for a bit of magic this Christmas without the cheesy panto feel!

 

Harley’s Comet – Student Short Film

What a wonderful evening. Had a small role in a short film, for final year film students on the Regents Park University film course. Got my first experience of Guerilla filming, sneakily filming on London’s public transport services. This was exciting and motivating to see such dedicated and fun film makers embracing different ways of filming. 

My character personified the busy Londoner, she trips over Harley’s suitcase and gives her daggers as a result. This was my first acting job in London which is fantastic. A hurdle I was struggling to jump over but now I’ve done it once; the jobs are flowing in.

Thank you so much to all the cast and crew of Harley’s Comet for being so kind and easy to work with. I had an enjoyable evening doing what I love the most.

Star Wars Open Auditions- Top Tips

Today, I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to go to the open auditions at Twickenham Stadium in London. I arrived at 4.30am with two good friends from East 15 Acting School and was soon joined with another in the queue. We waited in the dark, cold night unable to see if we were close to the front at all but keenly aware of the rapidly expanding queue behind us. At 6am, as stated, the doors opened and we moved into the stadium forming a snaking queue. To pass the time, me and my good friends sang a few cheerful songs and joking about the interviews we hoped to get through too. Finally, at 9.30 we filled out our forms; stapled our headshots and went into a tent to the first stage. Luckily, I and two others were successful in getting invited to meet a casting director. We entered a warm waiting room and then moved upstairs for a quick chat with a casting director.

TOP TIPS

1) Before you leave: eat a filling breakfast and have a hot drink. Pack snacks for the queue (I had Haribo and Pringles!)

2) Wrap up warm: lots of layers. You have to take them off before you see anyone who makes decisions anyway so it doesn’t matter if you look like an Eskimo outside. 

3)  Arrive early, at least an hour before the doors open. 

4)  Go with a group of friends, even if they aren’t interested in even auditioning, it’ll make the long waiting much more fun. 

5) Have a good headshot! Even if its not professional, search what they look like and modify your best photo as close to their standards as possible.

6) They will ask you your acting experiences so if you really want to get through make sure you have some! (Could even be a school play.)

7) Typical casting director questions: What’s favourite film genre? What’s your favourite film? Who is your favourite actress/actor? What character would you like to play? BE HONEST WITH YOUR ANSWER- THEY WILL TELL IF YOU’RE LYING. Choose films you want to be in; performers you aspire to be; characters you love more than anything.

8) MOST IMPORTANTLY – HAVE FUN. Do not be disheartened if you aren’t recalled- the most likely reason is because you simply don’t suit the part or have enough acting experiences. As any performer will tell you; you can’t simply walk into Hollywood film industry, it takes time and hard work. Be happy with the fact you at least had the confidence to try out :)

I hope this is helpful to future auditionees and that you have as much fun as did today at the open auditions for the fantasmical STAR WARS :D

[One final note, unless you are able to play a young woman aged 16-18 or young man aged 18-20 then I would not advise attending the audition.]

National Youth Theatre

Any young actress/actor should definitely consider audition for the National Youth Theatre. A wonderful platform for the countries best young performers to get an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of professional audiences. Previous members include: Matt Smith aka Doctor Who; Freya Mavor aka Skins, Sunshine On Leith, The White Queen and many more. As you can plainly see here, it has seriously forwarded many unknowns career’s forward to success.

On Tuesday this week, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to see a double bill of two NYT plays for an amazing reduced price. These were their modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet- set in Camden in the eighties and classical performed The Prince of Denmark- a prequel to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

I truly enjoyed Romeo and Juliet so much. The cast worked as an amazing ensemble to create a buzzing atmosphere for the audience, making the deaths later on in the play so much more tragic. As the audience took their seats, a few of the cast performed songs from the eighties- my favourite was The Love Cats (originally done by The Cure). All the cast took part in playing instruments and singing which showed them off as a multi-talented bunch. This adaptation was fresh and fun re-engaging the audience with this classic play.

Sadly, The Prince of Denmark suffered in comparison to the amazing first half. It was slow to kick off and stumbled in places. However, it was still a fantastic example of the casts acting talents and a wonderful idea for a play.

I would recommend them both for their different qualities. NYT is taking bookings for auditions in February now.

Mojo by Jez Butterworth

So this evening saw me at one of my favourite theatres in London, The Harold Pinter Theatre (previously named The Comedy Theatre), to watch Jez Butterworth’s play Mojo. This production of Mojo had an all male cast of film stars and classical actors: Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey); Rupert Grint (Harry Potter); Tom Rhys Harries; Daniel Mays (long-standing actor); Colin Morgan (Merlin) and of course the wonderful Ben Whishaw (Peter and Alice, Skyfall).

Set in the 1950’s, with the exception of Harries who plays a talented singer, the rest of the actors form a somewhat misshapen gang running a club. Following the murder of the owner, his son – Baby (Whishaw) mind begins to slowly unhinge, revealing the truths of his father’s murder and unsettling the rest of the gang. I was particularly struck by Whishaw’s fantastic performance of this character, making his insanity very real and scary.

Grint succeeds in making his stage debut as Sweets, in a sort of double act with Potts (Mays) – the two characters playing off each others insecurities of the situation they find themselves with comic genius. Although, Grint still has some way to go at mastering the stage, I could see he had worked incredibly hard at his role and stage presence.

All in all, I would recommend this play to someone who enjoys watched fully immersed characters alongside very humorous play.