In Steven Pressfield’s , new book on writing, Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t , Steven tells us that great scripts have an “All is Lost Moment” – the protagonist’s darkest hour. These moments are followed, by a way out.
For me, my “All is Lost Moment” happened in October 2014. I was admitted to hospital with a serious neurological condition – a brain haemorrhage, and the discovery of a congenital AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation).
After a several months in hospital I began my journey of recovery.
Acting really has been my way out.
Acting has helped me with the rebuilding of my executive functioning skills and given me a focus for life.
One of the first things I did was to take Barbara Oaley’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) Learning How to learn which give me access to invaluable learning techniques and tools. Using the approaches I had learned I was able to pick up a script and began to read and learn lines again.
To get my performance confidence back I took RADA’s over 24’s Contemporary Scene Study course and progressed to their level 3 Acting course.
I also did workshops and an intensive advanced acting course with Jon Campbell where I worked on a script by Peter Barnes , Acting Exercise, which I am now taking to the Camden Fringe.
I am now focusing on rebuilding my career as a film actor I am in pre production for Seagull with White Space Film Productions
My first public performance after my Brain Injury will be at the Camden Fringe 2016. 8th and 9th of August at the Ecetera Theatre Camden @ 14.30pm. Tickets from the Camden Fringe Website.
Any profits from ticket sales will go to the Brain and Spinal Research Fund via Mr Francis Johnston. Consultant Neurosurgeon, at St Georges Hospital. Tooting. London.