About Actions Past
What we do
Actions Past stays busy throughout the year engaging in a variety of activities. In pursuit of our passion as historical reenactors, however, we find it difficult to limit our involvement to just one era. We have covered five centuries of history from Medieval through Renaissance; the English Civil War to the age of Caribbean pirates; the California Gold Rush and the Wild West, Victorian London, to WWII British Home Front. For these, our activities include research, costuming and improvisational acting, and our participation follows one of three primary modes:
Troop Level Participation
Actions Past frequently participates in events intended to entertain and educate the public. These include fairs, festivals, parades and public exhibitions. In these cases Actions Past sponsors and organizes groups of skilled living history performers and improvisational actors, focused on the timeframe and circumstances required for the event. As with all of our activities, the emphasis is on providing an accurate portrayal, focusing on costuming, language, and historical context. Although the goal is always to entertain while we educate, we do so in an engaging, highly interactive manner, making the learning fun!
Our passion for historical reenacting drives us to participate as individuals in a supporting role to a number of other events, hosted by other organizations. This keeps our skills and knowledge keen and current, and puts us in regular contact with a great many other reenactors, who join with us to perform in the events which we ourselves sponsor.
Having a party or special event that could benefit from an historical flair? Invite some historical characters from the past to give it that special touch. Actions Past has got you covered! Contact the director at: Patrick.Gaul@ActionsPast.com
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How we do it
Thanks to a long tradition of historically themed fairs and festivals (including the world’s very first Renaissance fair), the San Francisco Bay Area is home to a great many historical reenactors and specialty actors. Through our over 30 years of involvement in this community, we have worked with many of these people personally, and have the necessary contacts to reach out to many more.
Although Actions Past has a core group of people that routinely assist us in the coordination of events and participate in them, it is frequently necessary to assemble a specialized cast, with skills and interests appropriate to a particular event. In these cases, Actions Past recruits players and proposes a workable scenario to meet the needs of the event hosts. We then assume the roles of producer and director to cover the logistics, set the historical stage, cast the required characters, research the facts necessary to tell the tale, and make the magic happen!