Why does British theatre leave working-class actors in the wings?

Published on:
9th July 2018

Poorer drama students face an uphill struggle, with funding cuts and rising fees. But British theatre may be the loser unless more actors from a range of backgrounds take centre stage.

Read the full article in The Guardian as Jenny Stephens, the School’s Artistic Director, joins in this important discussion:

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Anne-Marie Duff, who comes from a working-class background, and Rory Kinnear in the National Theatre’s production of Macbeth. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Observer

 

I’m constantly delighted by the talent, commitment and drive of our students. Their curiosity and joy in the work gives us all energy and keeps me on my toes! My goal is to ensure that their voices serve their acting - both in theatre and recorded media. They need to be able to project, learn accents, respond to a wide variety of texts and have a voice that is healthy and be able to sustain long tours and tough filming schedules. This involves them working extremely hard – but having fun as well. When the new students see the final year students in production for the first time I know they’ll come into class the next day fully understanding the high standard they’re working to achieve. Carol Fairlamb, Head of Voice