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How To Act

Internationally-renowned theatre director Anthony Nicholl has travelled the globe on a life-long quest to discover the true essence of theatre. Read more …

Today he gives a masterclass, demonstrating first-hand, the methods he developed in Africa and Asia.

Promise, an aspiring actress, has been chosen to participate. What unfolds between them forces Nicholl to question all of his assumptions about his life and art.

How to Act explores the contemporary realities of personal, cultural and economic exploitation through two individuals drawn together in the world of theatre. Both believe in truth, but each has their own version of it.

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The critical consensus

With deep, complicated performances and a potent ending, this is certainly a master class worth catching.

****(*)Michael Cox, Across the Arts

Challenging, witty and deeply uncomfortable.

Lorna Irvine, The Tempo House, 09/03/2018

Before the high melodrama erodes some of the substance of Eatough’s thoughtful and insightful production, there’s much for an audience to chew over and debate.

***(*)(*)Gareth Davies, The Reviews Hub, 14/03/2018

It...reminds us the massive possibilities live theatre has always contained – in this case for the kind of thought-provoking, potentially troubling experience few other media can hope to provide.

****(*)Hugh Simpson, All Edinburgh Theatre, 14/03/2018

How to Act builds tension like the skin of a drum.

****(*)Ryan Latto, The Wee Review, 17/03/2018

Features about How To Act

Grahame Eatough: 'The play is still primarily about the potential abuse of power. It's about power relations in a creative sphere.'

Gareth K Vile, The List, 05/03/2018

Where and when?

On Tour, from Tuesday March 6, 2018, until Friday March 23, 2018.

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