Welcome to our Blog Page. Here, our Artistic Director gives an insight into the sessions, which allows students to reflect on the previous week's work.
Saturday 14th June.
On Saturday, our students came together to meet actor Matthew Lewis, best known for his portrayal of Neville Longbottom, from the most successful film syndication of all time- Harry Potter movies, of course.
This session, hosted by Jez Edwards, as well as being an amazingly interesting and exciting insight into the high profile and hard working world of a child actor (at the top level of the industry), was also a masterclass in presenting.
The combination of a very bright, lucid and genuinely caring guest, and a host, prepared to do his research and happy to let the guest "talk", made for a really refreshing morning and afternoon of funny stories and a priceless, detailed insight into how a young person copes with suddenly being projected into an adult industry, where you are expected to combine your education and bring your 'best' performance, each time you arrive on a set.
The masterclass will soon be edited and placed on a private channel for our students to view again, and it was a continuous hour of non stop chat about all aspects of Matthew's career. Some of the questions from our students were about Harry Potter, inevitably, but most of them were about how a child copes, from the age of 10 yrs old, with the rigours of working alongside some of this country's greatest film and television actors.
Jez Edwards approach to the interview was brilliant. Taking Neville Lomnbottom's
Final School report and comparing it to Matthew's was both amusing and a stroke of genius, with the guest relaxing, immediately, making for a very comfortable interview.
All of the students were able to have photographs with Matthew and one of our other patron's, another former child actor, Gemma Bissix, who again popped in to support the work and the students.
Obvious thanks to Matthew, who again has come to offer his support to the programme and for being a really engaging and entertaining guest.
Also, great to see one of our creative team, showing our students, just how good you have to be, to make something look really easy.
In putting together a creative team, I wanted to find talented artists, whose work I admired, who had the commitment and passion for their own work, as well as a desire to improve young people's chances, by passing in good technique.
Each week that I spend with our team, I am reminded of their qualities. It is one thing to find people who can inspire youngsters at the beginning of their journey into this exciting and equally agonising profession. It is another thing to have that same team of artists, continually inspiring me.
We have great students and an amazing Creative Team.
Feeling very happy with this week's work.
Until next time!