The Tank Theatre Company

at , Bristol, BS6 5LT United Kingdom

The company was set up to help young inner city actors from 16 to 30 to become professional actors to honour the life of Leroy 'Tank' Reid.

The Tank Theatre Company

Bristol BS6 5LT
United Kingdom
Contact Phone
P: 07846960773


We studied the characters and story of Shakespeare’s MacBeth to create modern day play, that uses modern street langauge, the original text and rapping to tell the darkest of Shakespeare's story with wit, enormous energy and superb acting. We intend to create a Community Interest Company We will be using relationship exercises perfected at The Actors Studio, Uta Hagen Techniques, Jenny Lipman Techniques, Laban and improvisation techniques to create the play. Using these techniques allows actors who may not be the best readers to come up with their own lines, which adds an enormous amount of truth to the dialogue and performances. The final performance was a promenade theatre style performance set over 4 stages, played out to rave reviews from the 280 people who came to see the show at The Trinity Centre at the end of August.

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A new course for Circus Artists, Dancers, Writers, Musicians, Filmmakers and Actors. The course will use Mike Leigh, Uta Hagen, Laban, Stanislavski and Grotowski techniques to build characters for your art. The eight day course will give you all the tools to create your own characters, how they walk, how they talk, how they react, how they dress, where they live, and what Christmas was like for them when they were a child! The course will be taught by Dave Lovatt who was trained by Vladimir Mirodan, The Chair of the Directors Guild of Great Britain . Ken Loach’s Script Editor Roger Smith and the late great Olivia nominated Director Sonia Fraser. “If there’s another acting coach out there with whom you can have more fun whilst picking up an invaluable actor’s toolkit that’ll last you a lifetime, then my name’s David Cameron." Joe Spurgeon, Editor of Venue Magazine Dave is currently working as the Acting Coach on the Bfi funded feature film 'Light Years' and is developing Tank Theatre's 'M.C.Beth' with Theatre Bristol and The Arts Council. He has been directing for 23 years devising plays including 'The Lears' A prequel to King Lear set on a council estate. 'A Bit of Argy Bargy' A devised update of Dennis Potters 'Blue Remembered Hills' and “The First and Last Heavy Metal Panto” a devised Panto for Adults with the Invisible Circus. Week 1 Playing with Characters. Games to inspire. The Importance of a Want! Week 2 Uta Hagen/Jenny Lipman object exercise. How to create a character using three props Week 3 Hotseats: Twenty questions that give depth to your characters and Animals (Optional visit to Zoo) Week 4 Laban and the eight efforts. How to find the rhythm of your character. Week 5 A visit to Tesco café (the best people watching platform in world) for lunch then Mike Leigh techniques for relationship exercises Week 6 Grotowski from child to adult. The journey of characters. Costume Week 7 Honing relationship exercises. Creating a character in one hour Week 8 Presentation of final pieces of writing, singing, dancing, acting etc The course is only open to eight people Every week there will homework Dates Nov 29th Dec 6th, 13th, 20th, January 10th,17th, 24th, and February 7th Price £225 or £180 concessions Venue: The Albany Centre, Montpelier

Published on 2014-11-05 11:24:00 GMT

Dear Tank, an important message. Don't worry Tank aint going to disappear, we just doing it slowly and laying deep foundations with people who can seriously help take it from Bristol to beyond. I have been able to work on Tank with you because as you all know I wasn't making enough money to take care of the family, this year I had to make sure I was doing that so that I could get married to r Clare, and I wanted to invite all of the company to our southern wedding celebration at All Hallows on September 6th would love to see you all there for night of funk, hip hop n drum n bass, s all old Skool obviously. Strictly invite only, to the company only. Pass it on. Miss all of your faces.. And to say sorry for not being in touch as It may seem like a long time since we met up but less than a year feels like about a week to a 43 year old, to Jayvan and Khan it feels like 10 years. see ya soon. Dave

Published on 2014-08-22 23:59:24 GMT

just remembered why I do this, unfortunately its not for the money, if it was, well it wouldn't happen would it. Trying to set up a theatre company with 13 actors, bit silly in this day and age. But its so fucking necessary, we don't have enough young poor actors in this country, if you can even afford to audition for some drama schools you aint poor and with no grants system, there isn't a lot of poorer people who would gamble £35,000 of debt to become an actor. But the actor needs to represent all cultures by default. Am happy again because I have got an amazing crew that at full of spirit and experience and passion that you can't teach, full of rage and laughter. Frankly I am amazed that no one else is doing it cus the talent is oozing, pourous like out of the endz. Pure unfettered talent ready to be harnessed and split loose a on seated audience. The fierceness is scary at times then you realise how funny they all are and that's when you got a great theatre company. AM blessed! Dave The Director

Published on 2013-12-17 02:28:32 GMT

Hello I'm the producer and administrator over at DOPPELGANGER PRODUCTIONS. I'm URGENTLY trying to find ACTORS who want to be in a showcase of 4 pieces (a one man show, a monologue and 2 short plays) celebrating BHM (Black History Month). We have 3 dates: 20, 21 and 22 October at the fringe theatre pub, The Winchester and 3 possible other dates TBC. The other venues would be the prestigious Shelley theatre (Boscombe), Bournemouth University and a shop on Poole High Street as part of Poole Council's Bop Up project. We have a little funding and are trying to raise more. This would be a paid position but at minimal rates I'm afraid. At the moment, we are working on a rate of £8 p/h (so, £40 for a 5 hr rehearsal session). And £40 per performance. We cannot commit to funding travelling or other expenses though, I'm afraid. Doppelganger's artistic director and writer of one of the plays is a BAFTA award winning writer. If you're at all interested, please contact me, Emma Norry You can find further information on us and what we do over at Twitter = @DoppelgangerPro (although it is actually called Doppelganger) Blog:

Published on 2013-09-12 00:49:40 GMT

Dave Lovatt’s Infamous Acting Class for Adults @ All Hallows Hall 8 places on course, Only 4 places left. ‘6 Saturdays and 2 Sundays guaranteed to be hilarious.’ ‘Brilliant, down to Earth, none of that annoying dramatic yes, darling acting classes, going home energised with pain in my belly from laughing” Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt. Creative Producer. ‘I had never acted before, within a year, Dave had me playing the lead in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest to sell out crowds and a standing ovation, how did he do that?’ Alex Boyt. Governmental Drugs Adviser. The eight day course will give you all the tools to create your own characters, how they walk, how they talk, how they react, how they dress, how they live, how to kill and how to die onstage.Using Stanislavski, Laban, and Actor Studio Techniques to create two different characters in a devised performance. The course will be taught by Dave Lovatt who was trained by Vladimir Mirodan, The Chair of the Directors Guild of Great Britain . Roger Smith Ken Loach’s Script Editor and the late great Olivia nominated Director Sonia Fraser. I recently worked as the Acting Coach on the Bfi funded feature film 'Light Years' and I am currently developing Tank Theatre's 'M.C.Beth' with Theatre Bristol. I have been directing for 23 years, devising plays including 'The Lears' a prequel to King Lear set on a council estate. 'A Bit of Argy Bargy' a devised update of Dennis Potters 'Blue Remembered Hills' and ‘The First, Last and Only Heavy Metal Acid Panto’ with The Invisible Circus. Dates: August; Sat 8th, Sun 9th, Sat 22nd. Sept; Sat 5th, Sat 12th, Sat 19th, Sun 20th There will homework Showcase at All Hallows Hall on evening of 20th September Price £225 or £180 concessions Phone Number: 07846960773 email:

Published on 2015-07-15 13:32:05 GMT

M.C.Beth - one of those occasions where you wish that everyone you knew was there too..... I was struck and pulled towards an event that took place in August, M.C. BETH by the Tank Theatre Company. I loved the play on words (heehee) and it was being done by young people...young people who had been enrolled in the idea and pulled together into a theatre group.... to learn and play Shakespeare...that had never acted before! Yes; I'm there ready to see and support this! Well I wasn't disappointed. I was excited as soon as I entered the space. Not just one stage but several platforms and areas...what a gwan? The energy of the actors hit right from the start. I was taken from the streets, to the gang battle, to the 3 witches, to the Dons, to Lady M.C.Beth effortlessly following their journey as they used the spaces so well. The tale unfolds full of connectivity, emotion, energy and intonation. I was caught up immediately and was enthralled that they had turned the words to incorporate 'their now' and 'their neighbourhood' which in turn made me feel even more included and the words relevant and real. Shakespeare made real. It was so good and and my experience so enjoyable I went twice. I just had to see the final nights performance. Could it have been better? YES it was. All the moves, glides, jokes were there, as impact-ful as before, but the actors had gained from their experience and had relaxed and grown into their roles. I fully heard every word and the emotions were exemplified. There were so many, many magnificent moments... the battle at the start...the three witches.. power struggle of Lady M.C.Beth. Tears came to my eyes on the last night when she spoke of...... I have given suck, and know How tender 'tis to love the babe that milks me I would, while it was smiling in my face, Have pluck'd my nipple from his boneless gums, And dash'd the brains out, had I so sworn as you Have done this. I spent some time talking with the young actors afterwards... they were so happy. Being the first time that they had acted in front of an audience they were buzzing. I was reminded that there are a majority of young people out there doing good each day. We just need to offer opportunities, encouragement and acknowledgement. Respect always for the inspiration behind the Tank Theatre Company. Marcey Fisher ´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸><((((º>

Published on 2013-09-24 00:03:53 GMT

The Tank Theatre Company makes it first foray into Hip Hop in collaboration with GILLY, KLASHNEKOFF and GLOBAL FACTION for the Gilly Track 'Freedom'. coming soon

Published on 2014-02-20 23:58:47 GMT

New Audience Reviews Tsubi Du Best. Macbeth. Ever. Bristolians! If you don't go see this you are lame. Ali Johnstone So good! Congratulations to all involved. Cannot recommend this enough to everyone in bristol. Go see.....!

Published on 2013-12-20 02:50:53 GMT

First Audience member review Katie Alleyne M.C beth was arrrrrddddddd, confusion u smashed it, gilly u smashed it. Them witches were nexxxt. An that lil duo were overly joke. An Gbear I c u! Siiiick night, andddd touch had reaches all over the venue. Happydayz.

Published on 2013-12-19 01:20:13 GMT

Warming up for M.C.Beth reboot 16 to 21st December

Published on 2013-11-18 13:02:06 GMT

Dan Danson review (Original Artistic Director of Tobacco Factory) MC Beth was an edgy adaptation set in contemporary Bristol where MC Beth is a respected rapper and loyal member of a local gang. This original take on Shakespeare's Macbeth clearly helped the young cast of non-professional actors, to engage with the subject matter and make it their own. They performed with confidence and clear ownership of the material creating an exciting and engaging production. A good mix of comedy, contemporary music and action engaged the diverse audience who on the whole appeared not to be a typical theatre or shakespeare audience. The text was cleverly adapted mixing modern dialogue and poetry with Shakespeare's original words. The use of a number of performance spaces with the audience in and amongst the action helped break the barrier between spectator and performer, making the performance feel accessible and 'dangerous' at the same time. Clearly the performers were restricted by their limited acting experience and training but their commitment and engagement with the work made it a very cohesive and inspiring event. As with any project that brings together young people who may be participating in theatre for the first time, or who have had no connection to live performance before, we see a clear mixture of conventional performance style with a highly individual and unconventional interpretation and practice. It would be very exciting to see how this group could develop given more time to work together, especially if they were encouraged to explore their individuality and create a performance style of their own.

Published on 2013-09-26 13:24:28 GMT

New for 18-24-year-olds - the Creative Employment Programme is creating Internships with arts organisations across Bristol. As part of a consortium of arts organisations across the City of Bristol, Trinity Community Arts are currently offering two paid six-month Internships for 18-24-year-olds: * Trinity Community Arts - Bookings & Administrative Assistant BEG/45665 * Trinity Community Arts - Events & Project Assistant BEG/45666 The positions have been created thanks to the Creative Employment Programme, with the aim of creating more opportunities for young people to get into working in the creative industries. The application information is only available through the Job Centre so if you are interested in applying please speak to your JCP advisor, quoting the reference number.

Published on 2013-09-24 14:54:57 GMT

Dear Tank Theatre, I wanted to write to share how impacted I was by M.C Beth. It was powerful, moving, humorous, provocative and thought provoking performance shedding light on the reality of Bristol's generational gang issues and the challenges that our young people are faced with in todays society. I am a senior manager for an organisation that works with vulnerable and hard to reach young people, I have been delivering in the community for many years and have good relationship with many of the young people on the streets. I was very impressed and proud to see so many of the young people we have or are currently working with committed to such a project. It proves that Tank Theatre must be providing high quality, stimulating engagement that young people feel they can really relate too and truly feel empowered by. Big Congratulations on such a successful production. You must take this further and create a legacy. More power to you all, Yours sincerely, Nadine Bourne Creative Project Manager KIDSCOMPANY