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“Doing” Shakespeare.29/3/18

Rosalind Parker plays an outraged Katharina in an excerpt from The taming of the Shrew at Somerset House last year for a private audience. Photo credit Christine Heymann

We LOVE doing Shakespeare. 

When we say “doing” Shakespeare it makes it sound flippant and glib. But why not? People have been subjected to dry textual studies of Shakespeare for years and as a result been totally turned off from ever knowing more. 

Shows like the Reduced Shakespeare Co and Baz Lurhmanns…

Teenage years ahoy!14/3/18

This year Adhoc celebrates it’s 13th birthday! Predictable jokes about “unlucky thirteen” aside, we have now been providing actors for entertainment and training for 13 years! That’s no mean feat in the current business and economic climate. It means we have weathered a double dip recession and steered the Adhoc ship through the stormy seas of worry that is the maelstrom of the UK exit from the EU, while keeping a firm hand on the tiller and a clear vision of our…

Step into the Arena11/10/17

Arena: (noun). A field of conflict, activity or endeavour.

You might think it harsh, or even inappropriate, but Arena is the right metaphor for training.

Instead of “Death by Powerpoint” – (not our phrase I hasten to add), training should be a living, exciting learning process that gives the trainee an unprecedented view of techniques and methods at their disposal. New approaches that can be tried and tested in a safe environment  and added to the toolbox of life techniques. 

WE do immersive training.

It can be challenging, there may be conflict, (internal or very occasionally external), there is always activity, and…

Actors in Immersive Training.22/9/17

More and more people are seeing the benefits of using actors to enhance and improve their training objectives these days. It makes sense: it’s an arena where people can try out new techniques and learn from mistakes in a way that they will remember and gives confidence in a real situation.

What is the actors starting point? Our approach to training with actors is very much the same as approaching a script for a stage play or a film. We start with the character: who they are, what they do, where they are from, etc. It’s also very important to…

100% confidence1/3/17

We often hear people say about their workforce, “we believe in you”, or to their clients, “have faith in us”. We don’t use these phrases at all. We’ve let our work speak for itself for over ten years now, with clients who rebook our services repeatedly. Many of the same actors being loyal, steadfast performers who over the years give their all in training roles, rehearse diligently for screen work commissioned from us and joyfully improvise their way through a night of entertainment! Some others who have gone on to very successful high profile TV roles or movies. 

Our actors…

It’s kicking off!8/2/17

It’s the time of year for us when the entertainment side of work overlaps slightly with the training and conference needs of businesses.

Many companies have their kick off conferences between February and April to review the previous year, then plan ahead financially, and look to add something special to their day and make it more fun or enhance key messages to highlight a point. 

There are also lots of people looking to augment their training with actors in the role of customer/employee or…

Customer service24/1/17

It’s all about customer service. We strive to always get the customers key messages across, whether that’s in an entertainment forum or training in some way, THE most important thing is that what the client is paying for is the best it can be. We’ve said it before but it’s worth mentioning again that our team of regulars know this, are focussed and professional and enjoy getting the job done without any diva tantrums or red carpet rows! They know that the spotlight is really on you and their job is to merely facilitate whatever your agenda is! 

Here’s a…

Immersive acting18/11/16

Social engineering: noun. Mostly associated with negative things these days, the manipulation of peoples emotions or perception to gain financial advantage or to trip them into divulging secret information. You see it mostly in phishing emails or other online scams and sadly some people do actually fall for it, or it wouldn’t be as prevalent as it is. 

It isn’t all negative though, there is a positive side to this. Have you ever been to the theatre, cinema, watched a TV show and felt your emotions manipulated, happy sad, etc? That’s actors doing their job pretending to be someone else…

Happy Halloween!31/10/16

It seems to be Halloween week as we’ve been busy with themed parties since last Friday and have more until this coming weekend! Can’t complain as it’s so much fun creating characters that enhance the scary atmosphere and giving folk goosebumps when they don’t expect it! Happy Halloween people! 

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Wedding Guests10/10/16

Entertaining at weddings is so much fun! The atmosphere is one of happy, excited anticipation and celebration. Providing something that enhances that, makes the day even more special for all concerned is part of what makes Adhoc enjoy the work so much. Understanding that the spotlight isn’t really on us for a change, people are here to celebrate the happy couple and we are providing a little part of the magic that goes to make up an occasion that will be memorable for many years to come. 

Whether it’s comedy waiters, (some people actually want terrible service at their wedding breakfast!),…