For many years, I have found the thrill of live theatre both captivating and intoxicating. This feeling was never more overt than during my recent visit to The West End to see The Elephant Man. I am fascinated by the concept of how an audience can be manipulated by the mood and emotion created by the actors on stage.
In this instance, it was Bradley Cooper's skill and versatility that I found so inspiring. His depiction of John Merrick's tragic life was both moving and sublime, all without the aid of prosthetics.
My passion lies with all aspects of live events, film and theatre. My artistic and creative side reveals itself through a keen interest in photography, music technology and technical theatre.
During my school life, I adopted a variety of roles. As a talented drummer, I was actively involved with the school orchestra, performing for productions such as Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Fame. I also enjoyed the hype through lead acting roles as Fagin in the musical Oliver and Sam in Lord of The Flies. Recently I performed for The New Alexandra Theatre’s annual Stage Experience, an intensive and exciting two week project, where future young actors, dancers, singers and technicians experience what it’s like to work on a professionally run musical theatre production.
Having favourably organised, produced and hosted a school version of the television comedy dating show Take Me Out-and raising a notable amount of money for the Ndola (Zambia) School Link project in the process-I realise the importance of teamwork to create a polished performance. The necessity for devotion, and commitment to hard work gave me first-hand experience of the industry.
Additionally, after the success of 'Take Me Out', the school asked me to host another fund raising event of 'I'm a teacher get me out of here'! This was a marvellous opportunity as I portrayed the role of Ant & Dec a duo that I have total admiration for!
It is not only the intimacy of live drama that enchants me, I am also an avid follower of the film industry. For films to impress me, factors such as direction, score and characterisation must work together in unison. Ultimately, I believe the success of a theatre production or film lies mostly in the hands of the actors who combine these factors through the quality of their performance.
Heath Ledger's hypnotic and eerie depiction of a psychotic Joker and Eddie Redmayne's captivating and exact portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything are my inspirations. I hope to emulate actors of such calibre.
I value the amazing opportunities my life has yielded. On a school visit to New York, I experienced the magic of Broadway. I also had a life changing opportunity to visit Zambia where I witnessed the simplicity of their culture. Basic everyday things we take for granted are sheer luxuries in comparison to the poverty I observed whilst in their country. Some children have no idea how they look, as they have no such items as mirrors. By taking a simple photograph of them, brought sheer delight and gave me enormous pleasure.
Wherever you visit, you never fail to feel the genuine friendliness of this country, who value the little they have. I have actively fund raised to aid this cause for a number of years.
The thought of a career in the world of performing arts fills me with excitement and some trepidation, but for me, an acting career would be the ultimate adrenalin rush. The challenges within the industry are not daunting but a motivational force which I hope will propel me to success.