The evolution story is a series of 30 minute shows that will be showing right across the UK, and there will be 100 free performances. Two acting students from Newcastle are scheduled to perform 100 free shows as they condense the story of evolution into a 30 minute production.
Starting off as organisms with single cells, the students then evolve into various different kinds of animals before transfoming into the Homosapien man, who then enjoys life in Roman, Victorian and modern times.
Daniel Middlewood and Conor Lowson, both 20 years old, will embark on their 50 date Big Theatre Campaign tour on 24 February. Their flash mob performances, which will take place in schools and public places across the nation, aim to give people the chance to experience contemporary theatre up close.
Lowson explains: ‘We want to break down some of the stigma attached to contemporary theatre and give everyone a chance to experience it’.
The first performance takes place in Newcastle before travelling across Great Britain.’ We don’t need a stage, fancy lighting or elaborate costumes. Our performances will tell the story,’ adds Lowson. The Big Theatre Campaign has been launched to promote Overcoming Theatre, a new theatre company funded by a £25,000 government-backed StartUp Loan.
The students were awarded the funding – the maximum available under the scheme – to develop a new way of teaching theatre and acting theory. ‘Acting is a tough industry. Around 90% of actors are out of work at any one time,’ explains Lowson. ‘Our workshops equip actors with tools and techniques to develop their acting skills, making them more employable.’
The duo believes that schools often fail to adequately teach the theory of acting, which is where many drama students fall short but is vital to their acting development. “Actors need to learn these skills to survive in this industry,” adds Lowson.
Middlewood says: “Overcoming Theatre’s workshops also help people to gain confidence, work together and tackle issues, such as social mobility.”
“We want to take unemployed actors off the dole,” concludes Lowson.
Daniel Middlewood and Conor Lowson
33 Shortridge Terrace,
Newcastle upon Tyne