CASTING NEWS

I’ve landed my first job post-drama school. Woohoo!

I’ll be playing Kay Amin in The Last King of Scotland by Steve Waters at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. The play is based on the book by Giles Foden and will be directed by Gbolahan Obisesan.

Rehearsals start on August 19th so I’ll be moving up to Sheffield in less than 2 weeks and that’s where I’ll be based until late October-ish.

I’m looking forward to working with Gbolahan, whose work I love, and meeting the entire cast and crew. As the play is set in Ugandan the cast will be majority black so I’m extra excited for that. In the meantime, I shall get stuck into the prep and get my bags READY!

 

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BASED ON THE NOVEL BY GILES FODEN

ADAPTED FOR THE STAGE BY STEVE WATERS

‘He is the sickness and you maintain that sickness’

Idi Amin is the self-declared President of Uganda. When Scottish medic Nicholas Garrigan becomes his personal physician, he is catapulted into Amin’s inner circle. A useful asset for the British Secret Service, is Garrigan the man on the inside, or does he have blood on his hands too?

The first adaptation of the award-winning novel that inspired the Oscar-winning movie, The Last King of Scotland is an electrifying thriller about corruption and complicity.

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I’m a graduate

Last week I finally graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland as a trained actor. I’m certified, baby!

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It’s been a really impactful journey these last three years of drama school and I’m so happy that I decided to train up north in Glasgow. I feel like I’ve grown a lot and absorbed so much in terms of acting and in terms of just living life on my terms.

So, what are my plans as a graduate? Enjoy the freedom, that’s for sure. I have my sights set on going on holiday in September or October. I’m thinking somewhere warm and sunny. Wherever the world will take me, I’ll be ready.

I’m back on the blogging wave now that I’m not so busy with school, so that will take some of my time, too. I’ll be continuing to read a book per week and since I’m in London I can go back to my Dinka classes.

I’m not too sure what the rest of my year will look like – I’ll have to take a moment next week to really visualise and decide on how things should go – but what I do know is that I need to prepare myself (mentally and physically) for something big, something extraordinary!

I had an audition last week and it didn’t go well.

I had an audition last week and it didn’t go well.

Yesterday I received feedback from the casting director who said my performance was underprepared. I was disappointed when I heard this, not because I was offended but because it was absolutely true.

Let me take you through my audition prep: receives the script, waits 4 days before reading it, reads it once, look at my lines a few times. Job done. I left the audition room looking and feeling pathetic.

The role was for a lead part at a big theatre in London and the way I treated the audition was not on par with the quality of work produced there.

It’s embarrassing to think that a big casting director thought I wasn’t very good, and it’s not what I want people to say about me as an actor. Though this obviously isn’t the end of the world, I will not allow myself to repeat this again. I take full responsibility.

In order to move forward, I’m flipping this experience into a positive.

*Opens window, exhales negative energy and inhales gratitude.*

What I can do now is reevaluate my game plan. I want to finish drama school very strong. I want to feel proud of myself knowing that I worked my ass off and did the best I could, so I’ve got to prepare for that.

That means showing up with the right attitude – a professional attitude. That means doing all the prep and research before I get to the rehearsal room. And above all, it means enjoying the process. The same principles apply to all future auditions as well.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic walking away from auditions or meetings or the rehearsal room knowing that I performed at my best and left a great impression?

This lesson has come at a good time where I need to be consistent with what I’m offering as an actor and in my efforts, ensuring that my identity and self-image are in total alignment with my actions.

Drama school: Glasgow showcase

We had our Glasgow showcase two days ago on the main stage at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and I think it was a huge success. We got a lot of positive feedback from our audience and my entire class gave their all.

The structure of showcase is that each actor performs 2 duologues, but some people (myself included) performed 1 monologue and a duologue. At the start of the show we sang a song from our previous show ‘Attempts on Her Life’ as it was a beautiful way to kicks things off.

Showcase RCS

Our London showcase is on Thursday 21st February and the audience will consist of big agents, casting directors, directors and other industry professionals. It’s especially important to do a good job because we’re perform for the people who can further our careers with amazing job opportunities and great connections.

The London showcase is basically the big build-up of drama school because there’s just so many important people in the theatre with us. My class and I have spent the last few months sending personal invitations to a long list of contacts so the stakes are high.

I’m well stocked on positive affirmations and I’ll be getting a massage that evening to treat myself.

Time to bring home the bacon!

Get me to the theatre!

I haven’t seen a good piece of theatre in a whiiiiiillllle, and in Paris the struggle has been real. French theatre just isn’t for me – hell to the nah, to the nah, nah, naaaah!

But good thing I’m back in London pretty soon so I’ll be seeing about one or two plays per week including: Continue reading

Studying in Paris

I’ve finished my exchange programme at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique and overall it was a positive experience.

We performed two classical plays at the end of June: ‘Mithridate’ by Racine and ‘Suréna’ by Corneille. It was a tough challenge for me because the plays were old-fashioned and the language very rich and dense – think Shakespeare but in french! However, with lots of help from my classmates, teachers and French friends for all over, I think I did a decent job in the end and I’m proud of each and every performance.

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My french has significantly improved, thank God. Given that I’ve been here for almost 6 months that was to be expected. What’s been quite unexpected, though, is that lots of people have told me that I don’t have an accent and I sound like a francophone. I’m always happy to hear that because it has been my mission to speak fluently without a strong english accent.

I’ll be in Paris until the end of the summer so my plan is to: go to the cinema as often as I can and watch a couple of new TV series online; research the industry, casting directors, directors, actors, etc.; read french plays and novels (a minimum of 30 minutes reading per day); continue to workout and stretch on a daily basis; and lastly enjoy the beautiful weather and experience all that Paris has to offer.

To be honest I’m very, very happy at the moment and I have a lot of energy. I’m focussed, my vision is clear and I feel that are some magical experiences and amazing opportunities lined up for me.