Thoughts, ideas and updates from Action Hero

‘You’re a long way from home’

We’re just back from a research trip for our new project ‘Oh Europa’. Next year we’re going to drive continuously for six months through Europe in an RV, making a piece as we go. So thanks to some funding from
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The Brunswick Club!

We’ve moved into a new home in Bristol with our Residence gang and two other artist-led collectives: The legendary Brunswick Club, a former Working Mans’ Club, in St Pauls with its skittle alleys, dance hall, bars and lounges is being
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plotting potential routes for our Oh Europa research period in April : )
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Third Angel Annexe

Faith in Fakes

Some rambling thoughts about Wrecking Ball 17th Oct 2016 I recently got my first pair of glasses. I spent about ten minutes in specsavers picking a pair that I thought suited me best. Having never worn glasses before it was
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Playscript for Wrecking Ball

Oberon have just published the text for Wrecking Ball. You can buy it from our website here

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Trailer 2 for Wrecking Ball

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Trailer for Wrecking Ball

Anti festival International Prize for Live Art

We are MASSIVELY chuffed to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for the Anti Festival International Prize for Live Art 2016. Its the worlds only international prize for live art and we’re shortlisted alongside Terike Haapoja (FI), My Barbarian (US) and
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Action Hero Summer Lab – Contact Theatre

WORKSHOP Contact Theatre, Manchester Monday 15th – Friday 19th August Join Action Hero for a week-long workshop using Lou Reed’s legendary album, Transformer, as a starting point. Based around Action Hero’s practice of working from iconic pop cultural moments, in
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Live Art Almanac vol.4

Just received our copy of the Live Art Almanac Volume 4. Its got some writing in there from James’ blog ‘How to make a living as an artist’ and loads of great stuff from other live art champions. Buy your
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Wrecking Ball programme notes

Wrecking Ball A play by Action Hero   Created, written and performed by Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse Dramaturgy by Deborah Pearson Lighting Design by Jo Palmer Produced by Mel Scaffold   Action Hero is the collaboration between Bristol based
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DIY workshop: Survival Skills for Artists

James will be leading a Survival skills for artists workshop in September this year in partnership with the Live Art Development Agency and Compass Live Art. A 3-day expedition to find out what it means to survive as an artist,
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The Violence of Language: Slap Talk, text and durational dramaturgy - text from a provocation delivered by Catherine Love at a TaPRA (Theatre and Performance research association) conference in September of 2015
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Slap Talk was live streamed from Lisbon in Dec of 2015. Catherine Love and Stewart Pringle live tweeted the whole 6 hours.
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‘From Ashes’ timelapse

Book review: 'an heroic extension of everything Paintin and Stenhouse have built so far' read this nice review of our new book by Exeunt
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Natural Selection

videos, recordings and photos from the entire five days walk from Newcastle to Kielder Forest are now online. You can have a look at it all here http://naturalselection-actionhero.tumblr.com/ Massive thanks to Rob, Ilana, Sarah and Steve at Kielder Campsite.

tickets and details now online for Natural Selection. Our new show in collaboration with Rob Stenhouse about what it means to survive, in the woods, and in the world, and which is harder.
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Action Plans: Selected Performance Pieces

Yesterday we launched a book of our performance works published by Oberon called Action Plans: Selected Performance Works. Its been a while in the pipeline so we’re excited to finally be able to hold it in our hands and we’re
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