A Flea in Her Ear Q&A video: Flexing your acting muscles with French farces

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The Acting Gymnasium, founded by Gavin McAlinden, runs weekly creative performance workshops that help individuals develop their acting skills, build confidence, exercise their imagination, improve vocal techniques and… perform in a professional show.

You can see the product of their work in a season of French comedies running now at London’s Theatro Technis. On Friday, I chaired a Q&A with Gavin McAlinden and members of the cast of his new Acting Gymnasium production of Feydeau’s 1907 classic A Flea in Her Ear.

Having not previously experienced Acting Gymnasium, what struck me from the moment I arrived at the theatre was how welcoming everyone was. And the atmosphere in the room was contagious right through the evening – welcoming, inclusive, supportive and so enthusiastic.

Most of the near-capacity audience – including lots of other Acting Gymnasium alumni – stayed on for the post-show Q&A, for which I was joined by McAlinden as well as designer Sonoko Obuchi, and cast members Tracy Coogan, James Bruce, Michael Claff, Thibault Lecat and Hannah Luna.

Other members of the 16-strong cast joined us for a mass onstage selfie at the end. This, by the way, is a fantastically international outfit with actors from Angola, Australia, Bulgaria, Colombia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain, Portugal and the US as well as the UK. And, after the Q&A, I think we recruited a few new members too.

For more videos, photos, tweets and more from the Q&A, visit TerriPaddock.com.

A Flea in Her Ear continues, along with McAlinden’s productions of The Misanthrope and Cyrano de Bergerac, in the Acting Gymnasium’s season at Theatro Technis running until Saturday 24 November.

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.