OPPORTUNITY: Ruskin Platforms 2014

Here’s a great opportunity for Oxford-based actors to get involved with a series of public play readings directed by John Retallack, Tutor in Writing for Performance at Ruskin College on the following Wednesdays in 2014.

January 22nd  The Skin Game by John Galsworthy (1920)
February 5th  The Visit by Friedrich Durenmatt (1956)
February 26th Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo (1970)
March 12th Top Girls by Caryl Churchill (1982)
May 7th Road by Jim Cartwright (1986)
May 21st Shopping & Fucking by Mark Ravenhill (1996)
June 11th Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth (2009)
June 25th Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris (2010)

John is looking to build up a list of outstanding performers of all ages who love reading great plays aloud to an audience.

On the afternoon or evening before the reading John will spend one three-hour session working with the ensemble to create an elementary staging for the text. Much emphasis will be on alertness and openness in the course of the performance itself and how a reading can become a live public event.

If this interests you, please write to John at jretallack@ruskin.ac.uk with a brief account of your acting experience. John will invite you for a 20 minute audition at Ruskin College in the course of the next few weeks and then add your name to the list of those available to read the plays listed above in the coming months. There is no fee and no charge for taking part in a Ruskin Reading.

John has been a director and writer since founding ATC in the late 70’s.He went on to be Artistic Director of OXFORD STAGE COMPANY at the Oxford Playhouse (1989 – 1999) and then founded and ran COMPANY OF ANGELS in London from 2000 – 2010. From 2010, until returning to Oxford last month, he was Associate Director at BRISTOL OLD VIC where he remains as Associate Artist.

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