Classics undergraduate Emily Beck has set up Jack & Master, a brand new actor-musician ensemble based at Fitzwilliam College.
Emily wanted to bring actor-musician practices to Cambridge, with the aim of providing a supportive environment in which participants can learn practically about a new style of theatre practice.
She said: “We aim to create theatre that is joyful, organic and playful, using acting and music – not to compete with each other, but to inform and develop one another.”
Three workshops have been organised in the Lent term, with the second one taking place next month on Saturday 8 February, from 1-4pm in the auditorium. It is for musicians who act, actors who play instruments and any instrumentalists interested in combining the two, and is supported by Fitz Theatre, FCMS and Fitzwilliam College.
Emily says: “February’s workshop will focus on how an instrument can be integrated into actor-musicianship. I play cello and we will be looking at how instruments are not a hindrance and how they can aid your movement and creativity – no matter how big they might seem.
“We’ll also be exploring the idea how music can suggest a narrative rather than the other way around. You don’t have to have taken part in the first workshop to do this one; just please bring your preferred instrument.”
In March, Jack & Master’s final workshop of term is being run by Jeremy Harrison, leader of the Actor-Musicianship programme at Rose Bruford College and author of the definitive book on actor-musicianship. Find out more.