We recently announced Action Hero as one of our new associate companies and here is a chance for us all to get to know them better…
Can you tell us a bit about Action Hero?
We’re two artists who have been working together for 12 years. We make performances together that come in a bunch of different forms- installation, theatre, durational work working with new forms is what excites us the most.
Who makes up the Action Hero team?
Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse are the artistic directors of the company – we do pretty much everything creatively together. Sarah Warden is our company manager, she organises us, produces all our work, generally steers the ship and gets things done.
How would you describe the work that you create?
We sort of try not to describe it at all! All the stuff we make is quite different, so we try to resist putting a label on it, because as soon as we do we break our own rules.
What is your favourite thing about creating theatre/ performance?
The not-knowing, the being in the room together, the way we get obsessed with it. It never gets boring.
Who/what has been your biggest influence/s?
We’re influenced by the world around us. We can be as inspired by overhearing a conversation in the street as by a football game as by an academic text or a show we’ve seen. Inspiration is all around.Finding ways to change and grow and develop can be tricky. We never want to stay the same, we always want to change. One minute we want to make an opera, the next we want to make a video game, then we want to write a play. Sometimes this means we have to start over every time we begin a new project.
How did you chose the company name?
I can’t really remember… Action Hero just sort of arrived!
Can you describe a typical day at Action Hero HQ?
There’s no typical day, that’s one of the best things about Action Hero.
What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal room?
The right notebook & pen- between A4-A5, softcover, squared paper and a 0.7mm roller ball.