No previous acting experience
- South African
- UK English
- UK Posh
Being in the theatre and on stage has allowed me to escape. I escaped when I found myself being judged: because I am an albino. The theatre offered me a place to hide. When I was small, taking on a character allowed me to escape from my skin color, hair color and it meant I could pretend that I could see properly. I was happiest in my theatre classes. Studying at Cours Forent ecole de theatre allowed me to hone my skills and turn my escapism into art.
Everyone experiences theatre differently, and due to my visual impairment, I heard theatre instead of seeing it. Some people may think this limited my experience of theatre, and perhaps it has, or maybe we can acknowledge the experience is different. Even when sitting front and center, I cannot see facial expressions or gestures. In fact, it is difficult to say what I can see, but the point is a theatre piece still has the power to bring me to tears, as it happened in ‘War Horse’ by Stafford and this is the magic of theatre.
Having studied theatre, I have found myself lost in a new reality where social status, economic factors and political problems of our world dissipate into insignificance and I embrace the context of the characters, which has provided me with insight and understanding into larger global themes, such as, classism and elitism, as shown in Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’.
The theatre has taught me about our history, my own time and place and allowed me to explore ideas through their satirical commentary reflecting society, like Wilde’s ‘The importance of being Earnest’ and ‘The Book of Mormon’ by Stone, Lopez and Parker. The study of theatre has shown me that the director, designer, performer and spectator all work together to transcend the realms of our own personal reality.
Furthermore, my exploration of becoming a performer has evolved and changed, the IB theatre course, allowed me to research and practice in the styles of various different theatre practitioners like Brecht and Suzuki. I have been privileged enough to do workshops in theatre styles like: Physical theatre with Frantic Assembly, Mime with Bill Bowes and The Art of Clowning with Peta LiLY.
My love for the theatre has always been a part of my life and even when my mother packed our bags and moved us to Paris, (which was probably the best choice she has ever made,) I continued to participate in a theatre group. Taking me to Paris, made me French, at least from my perspective. I fell in love with the French language and culture, and my own identity and personality blossomed. I have always felt unsure as to where I belonged, as growing up as a third culture child resulted in me feeling that I was neither South African nor British. However, when I left England, Paris became the first place that I thought of as home. I feel that the French language and culture is a part of me that I treasure.
The majority of my extra-curricular activities were undertaken in French, even today I find it very difficult to explain how to play the guitar in English, as I have only learnt to play guitar in French. further to this, I sang in a French choir at the Institut National des Jeunes Aveugles. I have loved theatre ever since my grandmother took me to my first pantomime and the escapism of performing has given me solace.