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“When I was a kid, after Jamie Oliver made school meals healthy I decided to start my own little sweet shop in primary school selling old fashioned pick and mixes. I would take people’s orders the day before and make them when I got home to then sell the following day. This went on until I was 16. I kept it very hush hush but got caught a few times.

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What kind of actor do you aspire to be?

I aspire to be an actor who is always up for a challenge. Hopefully able to do both screen and stage, comedy and tragedy and everything in between. But also make my Mum proud.

What performance piece did you choose for the showcase and why?
I chose a piece by Robert Shearman, from his play ‘White Lies’. I did it in one of my classes at Mountview and thought it was proper jokes. Playing the seriousness of a ridiculous situation always humours me so I thought to do it again. Finding the piece was hard as the only copies in the country were at all national libraries and Cambridge. Thankfully I have a friend at Cambridge who managed to get it to me so thank you, Hannah.

‘White Lies’ by Robert Shearman

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

When I was 13 or 14, my uncle showed me ‘Scarface’. Not the best viewing for a kid, I know but it was Al Pacino who inspired me to be an actor. What stuck out most to me was the final scene where he was surrounded and so charged to try and take them all on. I remember he was so angry, he was literally foaming from the mouth. Watching as an impressionable teenager, this really excited me and made me want to explore the world of acting.

© Matt Nalton

How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?

I was lucky enough to be invited to some Zoom play readings as well as soaking up National Theatre Live and other streaming sites. My girlfriend and I would also do a couple of play readings  together.

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