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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…

GDPR compliance – it just makes sense1/5/18

We are in the process of finalising the elements of our Data Protection Compliance in line with the new General Data Protection Regulations which come into force from May the 25th 2018.

It’s one of those common sense things that should have been legislated for a long time ago: whose details are you storing, where, why and how? It will hopefully reduce the amount of spam delivered to our inboxes, as well as give options to individuals to choose who retains their…

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…

Getting carried away, (not literally).1/8/16

So sorry for the last couple of posts, they were merely reflective of the quite random sort of job that sometimes lands on us! I guess I got a bit carried away with the fantastical element of it all! 

Meanwhile we have been operating business as  usual, despite the political turmoil swirling around us. Some of our best actors have been regularly portraying criminals for Merseyside Police training, we’ve been assisting in a stage combat school that ran for a week at Ardingly Arts Fest in Sussex and we’ve also had a reprise of training Arrow Global management with the wonderful facilitation…