Act 2 Cam
Act 2 Cam is a drama school based in the UK.
Students age 5-17 learn to devise drama from their own ideas, using a wide variety of collaborative, creative processes and improvisation techniques.
Act 2 Cam is registered with Ofsted, the UK's official body for inspecting schools and standards in education. This move was taken to assure quality control and also to qualify for the UK government's Childcare voucher scheme.
The drama school does not test, grade, or audition. Director Stephen Woods claims, "More than a school, we are a big family, where all our everyone has something to give and something to learn; where there is a place and a purpose for all; where young people are at the heart of everything we do."
Over 10 years, students have been posting on Social media using the hashtag #ACT2FAM
Act 2 Cam began as an after school drama club in 2008 at Polam Hall School in Darlington, originally under the name "DIY Drama" (Devised, Improvised, Youth Drama). Over a period of 2 years DIY Drama invited students from schools in the region to showcase their GCSE and A Level performing arts work to camera.
In January 2010, Act 2 Cam began work with a small group of 20 young people aged 11 to 18 in Whitley Bay, to devise, perform and film Beanz, which premiered at Tyneside Cinema. In May 2010 ACT 2 CAM took on more cast and crew, and began delivering screen acting classes to 8- to 18-year-olds. A summer camp followed in July 2010, where Jo Ward, executive producer of Tracy Beaker, and Lisa Coleman attended the group. Over one week a cast and crew of 22 young people collaborated to make the film, Mystery Babylon, which premiered at Tyneside Cinema in May 2011. In 2011 the company opened up 15 more centres in Durham, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Morpeth, Newcastle, York, Sunderland and Leeds.
In November 2011, Act 2 Cam released Such is Life, a collection of dramatic tales devised by young people, with soundtrack by Lee Perry.
In August 2018, ACT 2 CAM formed its acting agency for young people, with the intention or representing its students for professional work.
The Cullercoats Fishlass
In September 2012, following 3 Summer Camps at the Forest of Dean, Alton Castle and Bootham School, Act 2 Cam moved premises to The Linskill Centre. A new project was launched, entitled The Big Film.
Over the course of 10 months from 2012–2013, the company worked on its first feature film, which was shot in July 2013. The film, entitled The Cullercoats Fish Lass follows the fortunes of a Cullercoats Fish Lass living in Edwardian times.
The film raised money for the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade and DVDs were given to local schools.
In September 2013, Act 2 Cam began work on its second Big Film Project, this time expanding the age range to provide acting and filmmaking opportunities for adults. The company joined up with the charity, "North East Hearts and Goals", aiming to provide defibrillators for public spaces.
The film went into production in April 2015 and was released in November. The story explores social acceptance and social dominance in schools, and also aims to provide contemporary life saving skills to young people.
It was sponsored by WellMedical, and includes an interview with Professor Douglas Chamberlain, CBE, KSG the British cardiologist who founded the first paramedic unit in Europe, revolutionising pre-hospital clinical care.
Newcastle United footballing legend Peter Beardsley also makes a guest star appearance.
There is an emphasis on collaborative creativity, with cast and crew working and making decisions in groups. Techniques are taught which promote teamwork and interactive skills, with a practical learning approach:
- Applied Drama
- Forum theatre
- Image theatre
- Invisible theatre
- Process drama
- Stanislavski's system
- Theatre Games
The company is eclectic in its approach, drawing from the work of several education and drama philosophy sources. The most significant influences on work are:
- Augusto Boal
- Keith Johnstone
- Mike Leigh
- Viola Spolin
- Konstantin Stanislavski
- Lev Vygotsky
- Beanz (2010)
- Blood on the Catwalk (2011)
- The Good Barber (2011)
- Mystery Babylon (2011)
- Such is Life (2011)
- The Kingham Hill Project (2011)
- Beggars' Teeth (2012)
- Youth of Today (2012)
- Cheery Little Stories (2013)
- The York Films (2013)
- The Cullercoats Fishlass (2013)
- Thespis (2014)
- Til Death Do Us Part (2014)
- Failbook (2015)
- Shok (2016)
- Flicker (2017)
- Life of Reilly (2017)
- Gate 18 (2018)
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