HE(ART) Arrives at Theatre N16 in January and Introduces ‘Relaxed Performances’ Every Tuesday In Support of Emotional Behaviour Difficulties.
Niall Phillips will direct and produce Andrew Maddock’s new play HE(ART) which runs at Theatre N16 from the 10th – 29th January 2017 and will implement relaxed performances every Tuesday to help bridge the gap between the theatre world and young adults with emotional behaviour difficulties.
Described as a heart-warming play about class and the lengths we are prepared to go for the ones we hold dearest – complete with Motown soundtrack – as well as leaving with a thought-provoking and rewarding theatrical experience, the production team behind HE(ART) also hope to build awareness of Emotional Behaviour Difficulties (EBD) – a behaviour disorder Niall Phillips believes isn’t widely spoken about.
Niall was immediately drawn to HE(ART) after learning the character of Sam has EBD. This coupled with Niall’s passion to encourage a stronger relationship between young adults with EBD and the theatre industry – this led to relaxed performances on Tuesdays as well as a young person with EBD joining the production team and discounts being offered to EBD schools during the run.
As well as directing, producing and coaching at the prestigious Identity School of Acting and Italia Conti, Niall runs 1-2-1 drama workshops with young adults with EBD, which was originally something he “just fell into it as wanted to help kids that were unlucky.”
Explaining his motivations behind his work with young adults with EBD, Niall says “Kids have it tough, from poor backgrounds to bad parenting to addiction. I want to give young people a reason to smile. A reason to have that positive mental attitude.” He goes on to explain that “theatre gave me something that nothing else in my life offered. It gave me freedom, it gave me a buzz it gave me a release. It taught me to believe in myself, to play and explore and that is amazing. No-one can judge me when I am trying or taking a risk….The more we open are doors to the world less lucky than ourselves the better”
Niall trained at Birmingham School of Acting. He is a director, producer and acting coach at some of the UK’s leading drama schools including Identity School of Acting and Italia Conti. He set up Lonesome Schoolboy Productions in 2010, this will be his 10th production.
After the smash hit IN/OUT (A feeling) – which garnered 4 & 5-star reviews and Off-West End award nominations – at the Hope Theatre, and Romeo & Juliet in an open air theatre in Sardinia he is delighted to be producing and directing the new Andrew Maddock play HE(ART). Niall has worked all over Europe and held workshops in the USA and Dubai. Niall wants to create fresh, exciting and thought-provoking work, with the norm being pushed and tested. Niall is a vegan and a cat owner.
Alice just wants Rhys to see a doctor about his heart thingie. Kevin and his sister Sam just wanna make sure their mum’s gonna be ok. All of them have got their eye on the same painting.
A HE(ART) warming comedy about how far you’ll go to protect the ones you love, and a definition of what true art really is.
Written by: Andrew Maddock
Directed by: Niall Phillips
Produced by: Lonesome Schoolboy
HE(ART) runs at Theatre N16 from the 10th – 29th January. Each performance on a Tuesday will be a relaxed performance. To purchase tickets visit: http://www.theatren16.co.uk/