Being born and bred in Leicester, I was delighted to hear that ALRA was collaborating with Leicester College and De Montfort University to bring a new BA (Hons) Acting course to my home town. Any opportunity for young people in Leicester to nurture and realise their creative aspirations is a wonderful thing, but a conservatoire-standard curriculum is especially exciting. I was even more delighted when the school invited me in to deliver acting classes to the first year of students as part of the curriculum.
In September 2018, I began working with the first years each week, culminating in a devised performance at the end of the year at the Sue Townsend Theatre. This performance included a moving, trumpeting elephant comprised of actors, which took us weeks to develop and bring to life. No small feat! Despite still being at an early point in their training, I’m blown away by the amount of potential amongst the students and more vividly by their hunger and passion for the craft.
It’s an exciting place to create and the opportunity to work closely with ALRA has also been a huge advantage. Later this month I’ll be visiting ALRA North to lead workshops and mock auditions with their acting students.
If you’d like to check out the course you can find more info here: Leicester College – BA (Hons) Acting