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Undercover Actors!6/6/18

This is not some blog about how we do team building characters on fun spy missions. Nope. More interesting than that – and more real.

Every now and again we’ve been asked to do a job that is a little out of the ordinary. As opposed to a big showy performance, like people often want, we are asked to underplay a scene or character, in such a way so as to be totally believable to everyone around them, immersing everyone in…

“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…

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!),…

Mission…accomplished.9/6/16

Late morning at Adhoc Towers. I’m just thinking about some kind of lunch when the phone rings. “Good morning, Adhoc Actors”, I chirp breezily.

“Hi, just how ad-hoc are you”? The voice at the other end of the phone was young, female, with some humour and, I sensed, a genuine enquiry.

“Pretty much what we do”, I replied, unfazed. “Character actors who’re specialists in improvisation, invisible theatre and believable scenarios”.

“Great – I’d like to book someone for a covert prank type thing in Central London, is that possible”?

“Sure thing! Sounds fun! What dates are you looking at? I’ll…

Being useful1/6/16

We’re having a valuable week. Training police investigators. Getting people to try new things in an arena they can happily learn from any mistakes in is a task in itself: people don’t want to make mistakes, they naturally want to get it right first time. When they let go of that inhibition though, we see all sorts of great learning coming out and it’s our pleasure to help in that. As an acting exercise and a training exercise it’s immersive and beats many old fashioned methods hands down.

Some old sayings will always be true and we’d like to paraphrase…