Contemporary Actor Training

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“As an actor, I appreciated not being told how and what I should feel.....”

Screen actor 2016.

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“We are not thinking machines that feel; rather we are feeling machines that think”

Antonio Damasio, Neuroscientist

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“The person you are is a thousand times more interesting than the best actor you could hope to be.”


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“Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.”

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Generation27 is at the nexus of emotion and neuroscience  in 21st century actor training.

Rob Bateman has developed in a safe and unique psycho-physical training method which enables actors to access their emotions without the need for an emotional memory recall method.

Through extensive research at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and years of industry experience, Rob recognised that all actors seek to be spontaneous, brave and immersed 'in the moment' of acting. He developed training methods so that actors could consistently summon an authentic emotional connection to their work through physical mapping and a set of biological connections in safe space which can be used throughout their career onstage and onscreen.

The results speak for themselves......

Generation 27 is inspired by the Spanish 'El Generación del 1927' - an Avant-Garde movement of poets and artists including Federico García Lorca and associations with Salvador Dali. Prominent artists rebelled against the status quo, challenging the mainstream and populist viewpoints of art and culture depicted by the establishment.

My work gently disrupts traditional approaches to character and role, arousing genuine and organic emotional clarity; realigning the actor's overall growth and development as a performer. It positions the actor at the heart of the work using safe and carefully crafted techniques and frameworks:

'I found this work to be like a breath of fresh air, to dive into pure emotion and to visit these places....'

- Actor, workshop at Central School of Speech and Drama 2016

This is vital work for the actor who seeks to strengthen their resilience, well being and clarity in the training context, rehearsal experience and industry workplace. The technique does not attempt to undo other approaches to acting, but simply compliments the cannon of the actors' work and experience. It is a toolkit for the 21st Century actor:

As neuroscientist Candice Pert observed: ‘We can no longer think of emotions as having less validity than physical, material substance, but instead must see them as cellular signals that are involved in the process of translating information into physical reality, literally transforming mind into matter.'

'We are not thinking machines that feel; rather we are feeling machines that think'

Antonio Damasio, Neuroscientist

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