“Be Extraordinary”

Happy Summer one and all…!

(If Summer is the correct name for whatever Season we are currently experiencing.)

What a delightfully DREARY day it is! Can you BELIEVE it’s July? JULY?!!! It really does feel like a miserable winter evening. Having said that, the sun did manage to break through the clouds for a moment or two this morning and I actually stopped in the middle of the street to bask in it’s lovelyness. It then began to rain. On a side note – I went to Spitalfields today and suddenly had the idea that I’d like to purchase some old theatre seats (much to my housemates horror). So if anyone knows of any lying around, do please get in touch. If all goes wrong with Poleroid, I can then put on plays for my own amusement in the comfort of my living-room you see…

Sorry it’s been rather a while since my last post, I’ve had rather a manic week – mainly due to the fact that I have been snowed under reading all the new plays we’ve been sent…! I feel honoured to have the chance to read such super writing! It has given me the opportunity to hide away from the awful weather and read read read! I never realised until now, how time-consuming this activity is! Luckily, I’ve found the perfect place up my road to settle down and do so – it has some very comfy arm-chairs & excellent music too so I really can’t complain.

That’s all I can say on that subject so far, but trust, once we’ve found the right play, you shall most certainly know about it.

Poleroid 2013 is set to be an epic one!

Please do keep sending in submissions to me at: poleroidtheatre@hotmail.co.uk

We had a very exciting morning yesterday (Wednesday 11th July), as we made our way down to a South-West London studio (location to remain secret we were told) to make our first appearance Live on the Radio!!! (There’s a first for everything..!!) Myself, Adam Reeves (Breakout dir.) and Christian Walker (Producer) were interviewed by the lovely Joasia Tapson for her Arts & Culture show on local network ON FM (101.4 FM every Wednesday at 10am). It was the earliest I’ve had to be up for a while, but we had a lovely time chatting away about Poleroid past and present and the very exciting future we have lined up! We even got a cheeky photo to prove it! (Sorry Christian, it’s not the best of you…)

 I have also had my very first Article published! I should explain: I was recently asked to write a little piece about Poleroid for the Actors Centre London website, with some helpful (and I use that word tentatively) tips for anyone wishing to set up their own company as I have done. I know I don’t have much experience yet and I certainly have a hell of a lot more to learn (which I think I am most certainly going to realise over the next year as we embark on our 2013 project), but I thought I’d impart whatever knowledge I have gained so far in the hope it may be of use to some of you! I’ve popped the link below if you’d like to have a read… No pressure…

Click To Read My Article.

Finally, I’d like to share with you the cracking theatre I’ve had the pleasure of viewing this last week.

Firstly, I saw Last Of The Haussmans at the National Theatre. The first thing that struck me about this production was it’s beautiful scenery! I won’t spoil it for anyone who is planning on seeing it, but I was sat in the front row and could see only too well the amount of detail which had gone into the design of this production and creation of the Haussman family home – where the play is set. It is truly fantastic to witness – as most productions at the NT are. I rarely see a play that I find hard to critise acting-wise, but I can honestly say that all six members of the cast were excellent, lead by the wonderful Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear & Helen McCrory. I have seen various plays staring Kinnear – notably last year’s NT production of Hamlet – but never have I seen him play such a character as this! Hilarious, dark and utterly hopeless – a rather telling vision of the future of todays youth I thought. This was the first time I’d seen Helen McCrory perform on stage and I thought she was captivating. A brilliantly raw performance I aspire to! However, despite the cast keeping me totally hooked on the play throughout, the subject matter itself didn’t pack a particular punch…

Secondly, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Gala performance and after-party of Birthday at the Royal Court. A rather… odd play to say the least! Particularly enjoyable performance by Stephen Mangan (I’m a big fan of Episodes) but other than it’s unusual subject matter, the one act play didn’t leave me gagging for more and seemed a little messy at times. The Court did provide a great after party though – cupcakes and all – which I attended with my lovely Actor friend Joshua Bradshaw.

Enough of my blabbing! I need to get back to all this reading..!

I’ll just leave you with a quote which I heard this week and thought was rather poignant…

“The question, O me! so sad, recurring—What good amid these, O me, O life?
That you are here—that life exists and identity,
That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”
Walt Whitman

The play’s the thing…

It is Friday (again) already! Where does the time go??

This week has been a hubbub of theatre and meetings and I’ve spent far too long in the Soho Theatre Cafe (people will start to think I work there)! I’ve seen the beautifully constructed and superbly acted Tender Napalm at the Southwark PlayhouseThe Producers at the Guildford School of Acting – one of the best graduate shows GSA have produced in my opinion – fabulously directed by Nickolai Foster; the utterly bizzare, rather unique, but none-the-less terrifically executed production of No Picnic at Waterloo East starring Poleroid Theatre’s Sam Hoye (if ever you want to see a demonic clown, a less than ordinary doll and two life sized teddies then this in the play for you!); and finally, a brand new version of the musical Little Women at The Playhouse composed by a very talented up and coming composer Steven Luke Walker. Phew! We are just about all theatre’d out!

So, with all that aside, it’s just a quickie blog today… BUT with a bit of an agenda I have to confess…

We’re currently looking for WRITERS to join us here at Poleroid for our next super edgy, quirktastic project…!

We are continually developing new writing projects, and are now proprosing to produce (gosh, look at that iliteration) our first full-length piece to be performed for a 4 week run in Spring of 2013. Now, that may seem like an awfully long way away, but trust us – it isn’t! If we could do it next month we would, but alas, theatre takes a lot more planning time than that. (This is the point where I wish I wasn’t as impatient as I am!)

As you’ve no-doubt read, our previous productions FlickBook, Back2Back and Breakout were written by various emerging writers, but now we’re hitting the big stuff, we need one superduper playwright to captivate audiences and catapult Poleroid into eyes and ears of the London theatre scene. (No pressure).

People won’t know what’s hit them when we’re finished with this one!

We are in cohoots with various London Fringe venues (including, Theatre503, Old Vic Tunnels, Oval House) so if you have a play in development – or you know of a young playwright who does – and you’d like to see it produced by Poleroid, we are now accepting submissions. The play will be developed and workshopped with us over the coming months with our team of edgy (and very talented) actoryfolk.

We have only a few guidelines for you…
• Small cast 
• Suitable in tone for a new writing venues like Theatre503, Old Vic Tunnels, Oval House, Tristan Bates, Soho Theatre
• Has elements of humour no matter how dark the essential subject matter might be
• No longer than 2 hours (approx) in running time

Please send all submissions to me at poleroidtheatre@hotmail.co.uk

I’m now off to enjoy this rather gloomy, but still super humid day (and of course read all your wonderful submissions).

“What’s my motivation?”

“It’s in the script.”

(Alfred Hitchcock)

Have a lovely weekend!

Over and out. 

Snap-shot theatre (for a Facebook era…)

First – to introduce myself! I am Molly Roberts – Actor and Artistic Director of Poleroid Theatre. (Spelt with an ‘E’ and not an ‘A’ on purpose, I promise!)

I formed Poleroid one miserable September afternoon last year, upon graduating as an actor from the Guildford School of Acting!

The idea of being an out of work actor and doing nothing artistic between jobs and auditions has never particularly appealed to me… so I set up Poleroid…

I have created a company which provides a space and hub for young, emerging actors, writers, directors and musicians to experiment, perform and showcase their talent and craft in an industry driven by television talent competition winners plastering our West-end stages. Poleroid aims to discover exhilarating new writing and work with it to create fast-paced, thought-provoking theatre. Our debut production FlickBook was performed at Theatre503 in November 2011 before moving onto the Etcetera Theatre and then – due to some rather lovely reviews – offered a longer run at the White Bear Theatre in the new year where we also paired it with another new piece of writing and made it into a Back2Back event.

Every Poleroid production has a fast-paced, eclectic feel, combining a hard-hitting, current sound track of live or recorded music, and thanks to our expert company photographer and designer Chris Mann, Poleroid and all our shows also have a unique image and identity.

FlickBook was a collaborative rehearsal process and the piece was ever evolving in our Actors Centre rehearsal room right until the final performance months later at the White Bear under the direction of Gareth Aled (RWCMD/RSC/Elan Frantoio/ROH) and Adam O’Brian (RWCMD/ETT) – both actors making their directorial debut with Poleroid.  It was written by numerous emerging writers, whose individual pieces ultimately formed a cohesive piece, revolving around six characters with their own intertwined stories. FlickBook & Back2Back were performed by a company of six recent acting graduates from RWCMD and GSA.

We were overwhelmed by the positive response our debut productions had and it lead us to develop another project in the Spring of 2012: Breakout, (dir. Adam Reeves/co-produced by Christian Walker) which was performed at the Cockpit Theatre. Again, Breakout was written by numerous young writers from backgrounds such as the Royal Court Young Writers Programme, Live Theatre, OVNV: 24 Hour Plays, BBC 3, Channel 4, RWCMD & GSA. We also branched out to actors who have not been involved in Poleroids past work – creating a newer (larger!) company of sixteen for this one-off celebration of emerging talent.

More info on the creative journies of our past projects to follow…

This is my first time writing such an article or ‘blog’ as they are now referred too (!) so do bear with me! I will be blogging about Poleroids development as a company and inevitable ascent into greatness… or brutal fall into the gutter of insolvency! It won’t just be me banging on about myself and using the word ‘edgy’ far too many times per sentence,  I’ve got some rather interesting thespy, creative friends who will be infiltrating my blog from time to time and should provide captivating bed-time reading for you all! I can only hope you will find this is some way interesting, informative and enjoyable!