So that was our Shakespeare Comedies season, a mixture of clown inspired madness and ensemble playing! The season marked Fourth Monkey’s Year of the Monkey student’s first foray into the work of the Bard in a performance setting, and they took it on and threw it down with aplomb!
As a company this season was a massive and bold challenge. The normal ‘drama school’ policy of keeping classical work under wraps until the 3rd year when they have mastered the art of verse enough to be able to confront an audience is all too easy for the Fourth Monkey team; we believe in the challenge of public performance as a means of learning…after all if you were a footballer in training, you wouldn’t expect to wait for three years to kick a ball would you? We believe in experiential learning at Fourth Monkey, delivering these works being a significant achievement and indeed a huge benefit to the learning and development of our actors in training. A rep season of three plays is never easy, hopping from one rehearsal room to another, taking on two roles, but this is the foundation of the challenge we lay down to our actors and it’s a pleasure to see them rise to it.
A huge thank you must also go out to our wonderful creative, production and stage management team as well as our inspirational directors Stephen Sobal, Mark Curtis and Ricky Dukes who all gave the actors in training challenges and learning a plenty. We are genuinely privileged to have such practitioners and professionals working with us, something that makes our training so unique and we are forever grateful for their efforts.
This season was a huge achievement by the whole Year of the Monkey ensemble and we as a company are proud of their efforts and very much looking forward to their next season of work…at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Artistic Director, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company