Spotlight profile

“I make really good fluffy American pancakes.”

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

One that never lets the other people in a scene or show down, one that always brings energy and just shows a great attitude. I also want to surprise people, actors and the audience. I just want to be interesting…

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?

I chose The Man on the Platform written by Mark Gatiss. It was one that I felt had a lot of heart and didn’t try to force anything, It just felt so natural a choice for me and I never once felt like it was to show something for the spotlight prize. Plus the writing is beautiful and that helps.

What book, theatre, film or TV production has most inspired you?

I’d probably say Bo Burnhams movie ‘Eighth Grade’. Its comedy, unapologetic awkwardness and way of cruelly but truthfully showing what it’s like growing up really spoke to me. A lot of A24 movies have a place in my heart actually, like Mid90’s, Moonlight & The Lighthouse. Theatre wise, Samuel Baileys ‘Shook’ was great, I’m also a sucker for a musical like ‘Amelie’ because of its quirkiness and originality.

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown? 

I wrote a play named ‘FISHCAT’ that will be at The Hope Theatre Sept 14th – 18th and currently writing a new fantastical musical named ‘CLIFFS’, guided by The Curve Leicesters writing course. Apart from that I’ve been making music and watching the footy!

What advice would you give for anyone else preparing for a showcase?

I think just choose a piece because you love it, not because you think it will show you can act. And also just be aware everyone wants you to do well!

What do you hope to be doing this time next year?

July 2022…maybe a holiday. If not, then performing my own work at the Royal Court or some place. I’m super passionate about creating original, contemporary theatre and just want to continue doing that with the people that I love most! I’d also like to be back up in the Midlands doing some work there.