MOON FOOL regularly organises workshops and residencies in its unique ACTOR - CHORUS - TEXT (ACT) Ensemble Practices. ACT INTERNATIONAL is an original approach to music theatre training and making, conceived by Anna-Helena McLean. The methodology has been tried and tested over 20 years' professional practicing with a diversely representative cross-section of participants including parent artists, LGBTQIA+ communities, multi-abled and neurodiverse artists as well as classical actors and mainstream theatre makers. ACT is an acting and voice training methodology that symbiotically interweaves music, movement, text and multimedia to tell stories, while responding to and reinventing the given spatial location.
This training includes a range of comprehensive acting techniques that are broadly introduced through dynamic, physical and musical exercise including:
Ensemble balance training
Physical partner listening
Chorus leading and gesture work
Extended vocal techniques
Choral singing and pitch
Intervals and The Relational Actor
Rhythm and breath awareness
Dynamic speech work
Musical Dramaturgy and composition
Collaboration and devising
Crafting music theatre for production
The training is applied to an exploration of archetypal characters from rigorously researched stories, plays and chronicles from around the world. Workshops have been known to draw on scene extracts from classical texts including Shakespeare and the Ancient Greeks and more recently Ancient Mesopotamian poetry, modern novels, fairy tales and new writing, to generate original ensemble works of theatre. ACT INTERNATIONAL operates through freelance appointments and private commissions, in educational contexts or as an annual residency in Italy every summer.
"ACT truly aims for living up to the expectations of creating a heightened reality on stage. No drama or production or a story telling medium should overlook such a process even if it is filtered or edited in later stages of productions to nuanced levels. I would suggest every actor to experience this training"
Anuj Choudhry, Actor participating in ACT India
"When engaging in a physical workshop with Anna-Helena McLean, it is not only the body that is activated, but also the mind and the spirit. She is an incredible leader. Her power as a performer is both admirable and awe-inspiring, but her greatest ability is to inspire in others a stronger belief in their own abilities. I enthusiastically endorse her workshops for performers and non-performers alike".
Director of Sideway Theater and MFA student DePaul Chicago
“... The texture of your work weaves physicality and words together with a musicality that penetrates all levels of what takes place in the space... in the 10 days we had, what came out was absolutely incredible, and I deeply admire every single person I worked alongside. The combination of people, your brilliant leadership, the space, and Shakespeare’s text, really really worked for me... we were actually there for each other all throughout the piece when we performed, which is remarkable and a real treasure to take away”.