Thoughts, ideas and updates from Action Hero

Come and work with us!

We’re looking for a Company Manager to come and join us as we transition into a new Arts Council NPO organisation and take on the world over the next few years and beyond. Come and help our tiny, tenacious company
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Slap Talk trailer

National Portfolio

So I’m going to jump right in: we’re totally fricking delighted to be an Arts Council NPO for the 2018-2022 round. It was our first time applying, we made a very conscious decision to write an application that didn’t misrepresent
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We're extremely proud to announce Action Hero have been accepted as part of the Arts Council England National Portfolio 2018-2022. More info & a response to follow....
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Slap Talk video/interview

Hoke’s Bluff in Melbourne

We got back from performing three of our shows at Arts House in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago (Hoke’s Bluff, Slap Talk and Wrecking Ball). We had a brill time with audiences there, here’s some great pictures of Hoke’s
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‘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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