My first show with A Will & A Way was ‘Decisions, Decisions, Decisions’ and I played the role of ‘Carrie’ (I think!). It was a fantastic play to be involved with, from the development of the script to performing it on stage.
I always say this and I always will… I would not be the person I am today without what A Will & A Way did for me. It may sound cheesy I know but when I started the drama classes I was only around 12 years old.
I turned up at the old scout hut behind St Thomas’ Church after seeing an advert in the local paper. There were at least a hundred people crammed into a small room all wanting to know how they could join the group. Will explained that unfortunately there would not be room for everyone in the classes and people would be selected.
I was very shy and not very confident. I was disappointed because I thought he would not want me in his class but to my delight, he did! From then on, my confidence grew from strength to strength. I became comfortable just being me and being able to express myself. Drama gave me a way to escape everyday life and gave me my first real passion – to be on stage!
Where are you now?
I am now a Trainee Solicitor at Stephensons Solicitors LLP. Although I had initially wanted to pursue acting as a career, I decided I wanted it to be a hobby and decided on a legal career instead. Throughout my degree I had to compete in Mock Trials which required some performance skills. My peers were nervous at the thought of this but I relished it! It was just like being on stage.
The skills I developed in the classes such as voice projection, improvisation, creating empathy, being emotive and using body language etc. have helped me massively in this role, specifically when in Court and advocating on behalf of clients. The Court room is now my stage in my everyday life and I owe so much of who I am today to A Will & A Way.