Frances Pooley


From July 2016 for one year I was an Apprentice Actor at Curve, Leicester, which gave me the opportunity to shadow professional actors on The Importance of Being Earnest and experience the process of understudying for the role of Gwendolyn. This initiative also gave me the opportunity to observe a new play and a new musical in development and gain from one to one mentoring from Curve's Resident Director. I have also read for rehearsed readings alongside professional actors, and supported the Youth Theatre Leader in a weekly workshop for under 16's inspired by the themes of The Importance of Being Earnest. These opportunities have helped me to build up skills in analysing work, allowed me to explore working with new ideas in a collaborative environment, and become familiar with the process of creating a professional production.

I have worked with contemporary writers in the development of 2 new plays by the Well Deep Collective, a group of writers creating new work with the support of Curve’s artistic team and collaboration of their peers. I participated in the workshop process for Babylon by Subika Anwar and Brief Music by Andy Craven-Griffiths.

As a member of Curve Young Company I was part of creative projects inspired by the work of Tennessee Williams as well as The Witches musical. I performed with the company in I'm Spilling My Heart Out Here as part of the National Theatre Connections. During my time with Curve Young Company I gained experience in physical and vocal improvisation, physical theatre and devising, as well as compiling storylines, creating characters and writing a monologue. I was also part of CYC Devised company, a group that experiments in multiple forms, to create processes for devising original works of theatrical performance, and explores the space between performance and experience.