Northern Shakespeare Company

  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    I'm pleased to announce that after a lot of hard work by my web designer the new look website is up and running for my company.

    You can find it at www.northernshakespearecompany.co.uk

    Please will you give it your most critical attention and let me know what you think. I'm happy to hear positive criticism. If you think it doesn't meet the mark I'd like you to let me know what else we should include.

    Thanks in anticipation.

    • 21st Apr 2009
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  • Andrew Wright

    Actor

    Hi Alan , good website very easy to use and nice and clear to read .

    Well done ......

    • 11th Apr 2009
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  • Noel Burton

    Actor

    How does one become a member?

    • 11th Apr 2009
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  • Lee Ravitz

    Actor

    I like it, Alan. It is very user friendly, and suitably impressive, without coming across as needlessly flashy.

    • 11th Apr 2009
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  • Paul Newbery

    Actor

    I love it.It's unpretentious,modern and appealing to varied age groups,the wording is well thought out and extremely marketable.Approachable and very exciting with a timber of talent holding it up,look forward to seeing some more photos as the site progresses and catching some of the work sometime.

    Congratulations....quality outshining quantity.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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    "timber of talent"? Paul - are you insinuating that the members of the NSC are wooden? LOL!! Or are you perhaps meaning timbre? Easy mistake to make and made me smile, so thank you. I know Alan will have read your comments in the spirit in which they were written, and will be delighted that you took the time and effort to respond to him.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Thank you for your comments, everyone. I'm a little embarrassed by the praise, to be honest. I thought there would have been some one having a pop at something...but I'm pleased. Thanks you.

    By the way, did you notice that if you click on the names of the actors you get straight through to their Spotlight or IMDb?

    I don't know if that message was clear on the site.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    To become a Member of The Northern Shakespeare Company, Dermot is not as easy at is seems.

    Either you need a great deal of Shakespeare experience (I see you have from way back) and be current with Iambic Pentameter or you need to audition when we are casting for certain shows.

    It also helps if you have a base in the North (Yorkshire or North East) since subsistence is not in our budget as yet.

    It also helps if you have worked with a member of the company because we have a terrifically close bunch of actors who all get on with each other. Touring to foreign countries means that we keep our eye on the ball whilst having a ball!!

    So all participants are hard working, keen and totally concious of the fact that we are all ambassadors of the company when we travel.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Noel Burton

    Actor

    Thanks Alan. I didn't imagine it would be easy. I've run a few companies in Canada and I know how it works. But I'm a great advocate for actors taking the theatre back into their control. I enjoyed the work of the English Shakespeare Company for that reason. Your website made me want to sign on. Yorkshire's a bit far though, I'll have to win the lottery. Though I am visiting York for the first time next weekend, to see an agent.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Paul Newbery

    Actor

    Yes, thanks Annie :)(see i'd never get in the company hehe).I def meant not wooden but strength in the talent behind it precisely because of the links to Spotlight.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Wendy Denham

    Actor

    Excellent website, I am the same how can I get involved.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    If you win the Lottery, Dermot, I would think you may be a little distracted to do the hard miles needed to put on the show!!

    Good luck though!!

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Noel Burton

    Actor

    I'd hire a chauffeur-driven Winnebago.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Now that is Hollywood Acting!

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Noel Burton

    Actor

    It's all about doing nothing.

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    That IS Hollywood acting. They call it Method. I call it 'Was I supposed to say something there?'

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Noel Burton

    Actor

    Gotta be in the moment, man!

    • 12th Apr 2009
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    Overall, very impressive. Does what it needs to, and gives a very good impression of the company and productions.

    In the spirit of constructive critisism:

    1) I'd revise the paragrah on the opening page about Shakespearean language still being in common use - remove the repetition, crisp it up a bit;

    2) In the assignments section, Midsummer is written as two words;

    3) I'm not involved.

    (This third point is the most serious, but easy to rectify!).

    Well done on resisting the impulse to cast yourself as Bottom!

    • 12th Apr 2009
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  • Alan Brent

    Actor

    Thanks, Ed. I didn't actually do the spelling. I just dictated it to the web designer. I will make those adjustments forthwith.

    I will 'snap it up a bit'!

    Since we are doing three shows a year you never know..you may be involved in the next one.

    • 13th Apr 2009
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  • Katharine Kavanagh

    Actor

    yup, great website - nice work! The welcome page is particualrly good looking (and yep, did pick up that you could click on the actors to get their cvs!). The thing that I wasn't so keen on was the list of 3 Assignments, where there were 2 blank spreadsheets (I guess for productions not yet underway?) - but opening in Dubai?!? how very exciting!!

    Look forward to seeing the company develop, and catch some of your work :o)

    ooh, couple of other thoughts - might be nice to have some links to other relevant sites about shakespeare and performance? (I was very suprised not to see an equity badge on there!)

    I also tried to google search you, and could only find a couple of duff links, but nothing to the actual site yet?

    hope that helps in the way of 'constructive feedback'! Best wishes for the show!

    xx

    • 14th Apr 2009
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