Glass Half Full Theatre are dedicated to telling contemporary stories that are engaging,funny and thought provoking. We aim to make theatre for all, unpretentious, real, hard hitting and FUN!

Taking liberties

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Written by Caroline Gray & Directed by Stephanie Silver, Produced by Glass Half Full Theatre


How to Save a Life- Wandsworth Fringe & EDinburgh Fringe 31st July to August 25th @ Underbelly

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SERIES OF short PLAYS ‘tHE cOMEDIES’

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Artistic Director Stephanie Silver

Artistic Director Stephanie Silver

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Stephanie set up Glass Half Full after finishing a Foundation Acting course at Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts 2015-2016. She then took classes under Mary Doherty at The Actor's Class (Intermediate and Foundation). Stephanie then found a love for writing and producing, she currently produces for Actor Awareness and New Dreams Theatre.

'The Monologues of a Tired Nurse' was Stephanie's autobiographical play combining her years of nursing to create a story that brought awareness about working in the NHS. It received 4-Star reviews. Her second play received 4-Star reviews when it won a open script submission Australia March 2017 and was produced by Owl and Cat Theatre, Directed by Thomas Ian Doyle. Her recent production ‘Our Big Love Story’ The Hope Theatre March 2018 received Multiple 4-Star reviews. Stephanie has been accepted onto the New Writing Showcase at Criterion Theatre 2019

Stephanie is a proud working class actress and practising Children's nurse

 

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Associate Artist

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Heather is a Mountview Graduate and is joining Glass Half Full Theatre as an associate artist after extensive work on projects such as 'Where Did God Go?'SlamKings, 'Our Big Love Story' Norstock festival and SlamKings, 'Baby' Arcola, SlamSoaps and recent production 'How To Save a Life'. Heather will be acting and directing in upcoming Glass half Full productions.

 

 

 

 

Past Productions

2018

‘Walk of Shame’ The White Bear Theatre, December 2018

‘Our Big Love Story’ at The Hope Theatre/Courtyard Theatre, March 2018 and International Youth Arts Festival August 2018

2017

‘C’est la Vie’ Theatre N16, May 2017

‘The Monologues of a Tired Nurse’ Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2016. Lion and Unicorn at Camden Fringe festival 2017 and Wandsworth Fringe Festival 2017

 

SERIES OF short PLAYS is a new writing platform for writers and directors. It is an event that takes space over two days and gives a unique spin to the average fringe new writing night. Using 4 directors and a pool of actors we give 4 writers two very different versions of their play. We hope this style of event nurtures the writers into discovering new ideas for going forward.


SERIES OF short PLAYS IS BACK AND THIS TIME WE HAVE BEEN ON THE SEARCH FOR THE BEST COMEDY AROUND!

We are bringing the work of comedic genius Harry ter Haar to you in a whirlwhind evening of 6 plays that Harry has had performed all over the fringe circuit.

We have 3 nights at Lion and Unicorn Theatre 27th-29th June and 2 nights at Jermyn Street Theatre, July 8th and 9th. Links for tickets on Home page. DON’T MISS OUT

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Theatre N16, 2018

Theatre N16, 2018

How To Save a Life

Developed at theatre N16 was part of their Catapult Festival 2018 ‘How To Save a Life’ has grown legs and is going to Ed Fringe 2019! We need all the help and support so please Pledge here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/howtosavealife/how-too-save-a-life

Meet Melissa

She loves cake, glitter and she's got Cancer. Join us she tells the story of the lead up to her death party. Adark comedy about friendship, love and loss. We hope to bring awareness to Smear tests and Cervical Cancer screening.

Cast: Heather Howard, John Mark Slade and Katerina Robinson

'How To Save a Life' Phot Cred Jennifer Evans

'How To Save a Life' Phot Cred Jennifer Evans

Workshops

Glass Half Full Theatre will be offering Monday workshops to writers, directors & actors for a mere £10. The workshop involves 4 writers and 4 actors and 4 directors. The sessions will begin with creatives introducing themselves then the writers will be led by Stephanie Silver throughs several workshops to write a brand new monologue, different exercises and techniques will be used. The first hour the writers write and the actors participate in vocal exercises, warm ups and physical movement before combining with the writers in the last hour to perform one of the monologues. The directors will join in with the actors warm up and exercises as we believe the relationship between the two should be collaborative and nurtured and they will have a chance to redirect one monologue/actor.

We aim to hold them every second Monday of the month, Venue and times TBA.

Monologue Mondays

‘Stephanie is as skilled in comedy as she is in tragedy and can seamlessly flow from one to the other. The audience feedback that we have had from each and every one of her pieces has genuinely been second to none, and I second their praise ardently and happily’ Rebecca Jones, SLAMKingsX

‘Speaking as a professional theatre director since 1997, and someone that has been lucky enough to

read most of Stephanie’s plays and have directed some of her work, I think Stephanie Silver is an

exceptional writer of great talent! I think all of her works have m 6 elements that I think sum up her work: Thought Provoking, Challenging, tragic, controversial and when required always very funny and when required always very tragic. She takes the audience on an unexpected journey what you think play is about when you walk in theatre, is not the end result!’ Kevin Russell, New Dreams Theatre




Weekday Workshop

Weekday Workshops is a chance to work on scenes from popular plays. Two Mondays a month we will choose sides from a play. The workshop will start with a short warm up and welcome then we shall be divided into pairs to work on scenes to be presented to the class. This is a informal workshop for actors to play. The class size is max 10 and run for 1 hour. Run by Stephanie Silver. Workshop cost £10. Venue and time tba.




ONE on ONE- (Mondays)

One on one is a chance to have a monologue redirected by an industry professional. It a 1 hour workshop and in the first 15 minutes will on exercises around your text to get you to connect to the themes and key issues. The rest of the hour will be focused on delivery and redirection. The class size is 2 people led by 2 working directors and each actor will present their monologue at the end. This is for any level of actor. You will be required to forward your monologue to the director prior to workshop so they can get a feel for the exercises to set you. Workshop price £25. More details TBC



Stephanie Silver, Photo by Greg Veit

Stephanie Silver, Photo by Greg Veit

Productions

‘Taking Liberties’ by Caroline Gray, Tristan Bates Theatre, Actor Awareness Working class season, Jan 28th/29th 2019

‘How To Save a Life’ Glass Half Full Theatre, Theatre N16, Catapult, 2018 / Ed Fringe 2019

‘Our Big Love Story’ Glass Half Full Theatre at The Hope Theatre, London, March 20th - 7th April 2018. Assistant Director


New Writing Nights ‘Short plays’

‘Final Goodbye’ by Steven Lancefield, The Space Arts Centre, 2018

‘Dress Down Friday’ by Lisa Craig, Little Pieces of Gold, Southwark playhouse, September 2018

‘How To Save a Life’ SERIES OF short PLAYS, Glass half Full Theatre, TheatreN16, June 2018

‘High Tops’ by Ben Swatchz, Cuckoo Bang, The White Bear Theatre. April 2018

‘Telo’ by Megan Fellows, New Dreams Theatre, Bread and Roses Theatre. May 2018

‘The Interview’ by Stephanie Silver performed at a New Writing Event at The Pineapple Pub. Dec 2017

‘Maternity’ by Stephanie Silver, Scratch The Surface/Instinct Theatre, Bread and Roses Theatre, Sept 2017

‘Little Secrets’ by Stephanie Silver, Lost One Act Festival, Stockwell Playhouse, May 2017

References

‘Having been directed by Stephanie on multiple shows I have really come to adore  her style of directing. She creates such a comfortable, safe environment for an actor to play and guides you to make the strongest decisions. Each part of a script is developed and discovered in detail, leaving no questions unanswered for the actor. With such clarity of dramatic
vision she is unquestionably one of the best directors I’ve worked with
Actress, Heather Howard

'I had a great time working with Stephanie (AD Glass Half Full Theatre); she's got an amazing talent for really bringing out deep connections between actors and the text, and each other. We were working with very (emotionally) challenging material, and Stephanie seemed to have an endless capacity for changing working methods to keep our energy high and our engagement strong. I feel like I learned a huge amount from her and would love the chance to work with her again. She really understands actors and their process and how to get the best out of them' Actress Lois Temel

‘Stephanie recently directed me as Maria in ‘How To save a Life.; Her approach to directing is very fresh, fun and collaborative experience. She has great intuition and I really trust her choices as a director, her direction really helped me to deliver my best performance.’ Actress, Katerina Robinson

I first met Steph in 2017 during the 'Actor's Awareness' festival at the Baron's Court Theatre (where I performed in 'WorSooz' directed by Kevin Russell). I have worked as an actor under Steph's direction on two occasions, both in 2018, at the Bread and Roses Theatre (in 'Telo') and at the Southwark Playhouse (in 'Dress Down Friday'). I enjoyed both occasions tremendously. This was, in a large part, due to the sheer positive energy that Steph brings into the rehearsal room. Her infectious good humour makes the whole experience a delight. Regarding her method of direction, Steph always demonstrated an intimate understanding of the text and what the performance had to convey. Having said that, Steph is firmly part of the school of directing that enables actors to make their own discoveries first and for the director to then mold those discoveries. While this suites me personally given my training in the Meisner technique, I believe it enables the best performances as it is a truly collaborative relationship between the director and actor. I very much hope that I get to work with Steph again and I strongly recommend her to you as a director.’ Actor, Nigel Fyfe

"Steph is fantastic to work with. Both nurturing and encouraging, she pulls out of you as an actor exactly what is needed at any given moment by constantly getting you to question your choices. And always with a warm smile on her face. Hard-working, driven and so passionate about her work, you can't help but get caught up in her enthusiasm. Steph has certainly taught me a lot." Actor, John Mark Slade


 

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The Monologues of a Tired Nurse: https://breaking-the-fourth-wall.com/2017/02/23/the-monologues-of-a-tired-nurse-barons-court-theatre-review/ https://theblogoftheatrethings.com/2017/08/18/review-the-monologues-of-a-tired-nurse-at-the-lion-and-unicorn-theatre/http://fringereview.co.uk/review/edinburgh-fringe/2016/monologues-of-a-tired-nurse/

C’est La Vie, WINNER Open script submission, Owl and Cat Theatre Australia, Melbourne 2017: http://www.whatdidshethink.com/2017/03/cest-la-vie-theatre-review.html / http://theblurb.com.au/wp/httptheblurb-com-aureviewscest-la-vie-owl-cat-theatre-review/

Others:

Series of Short Plays: https://breaking-the-fourth-wall.com/2018/06/02/series-of-short-plays-theatre-n16-review/

Our Father https://www.londontheatre1.com/reviews/actor-awareness-intergenerational-night-at-spotlight-theatre/

‘My favourite – because I disliked it so much – was our Father which was not only the stand out show of the evening but served as a perfect reminder of the true power of theatre to move people. Too often audiences seem to think that theatre is just an extension of film – keep an eye out for Disney’s Finding Dory on a stage near you LOL – but the reality is that being in a small performing space with real live human beings just there in front of you can have more of an effect on the emotions than millions of pounds spent on some glitzy west end show. I’m really looking forward to the next Scratch night’ Terry Eastham, London Theatre 1




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