Spotlight profile

“Mint is my favourite ice cream flavour, and if you agree we’re already friends.”

What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

One who’s always learning, always trying to get better and always open to those around me to refine and grow. Someone people want to work with because I help to bring the best out of them through; dedication, connection and commitment, and also the type of actor that makes my mum proud.

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

I went with a monologue from “Slow Time” by Roy Williams’, I found it when I was reading plays, because thats what I do with my spare time apparently, and when I came across it, it really affected me, because it sounds like my friends, it sounds like me, and it’s often a voice that doesn’t get heard being emotionally complex, in the piece Nabs goes through a journey of; being in blissful love, processing rejection, dealing with racism, seeing the violence inside himself and more. Roy Williams work is just so exceptional and this is another example, as it sounds like the London I know, and having come across people who have struggled in similar ways, it really connected me to the piece.

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

As a kid it was an all South Asian version of Twelfth Night, it was the first time I was able to believe I could do this, as I saw people who looked just like me doing what I love. Now it’s the work of Steve McQueen, for giving a voice to those who are most often least heard, showing that humanity can bridge the gap between any divide, no matter how large it may seem.

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown? 

I’ve been fortunate that school has been running alongside it in the most part, so that has kept the creative energy flowing, but before that it was theatre online, reading and engaging with nature and spending as much time outside as possible to let the mind breathe, also when you’ve binge watched the first season of “Fleabag” and “I May Destroy You” and it’s not even midday yet, that really means you need to go outside for a bit.

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

Just breathe and take everything in stride, its not any different to working on any other piece, don’t worry about the stakes and just focus on bringing the best out of yourself. Enjoy it.

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

Working towards being the actor I aspire to be, so in a way working, having the opportunity to act opposite new people, enhancing that skill set, continuing to progress myself as a performer and learn, developing my own ideas, and also, being able to pay rent would be a massive plus.