Drama Session with Professional Actor: James Donovan

Drama Session with Professional Actor: James Donovan

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On Thursday 28 January, drama students were given a fantastic opportunity to chat with a professional actor. James Donovan trained at East 15 and has performed in the West End and on Broadway. His production credits include Warhorse at the National Theatre and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe.

During the meeting he told us of his drama journey; the moments that have inspired him, the skills that have made him successful. He spoke passionately about performing and it was clear from the start, that James lives to be on stage! It was particularly lovely to hear him speak about the community a stage play offers, and how much he enjoys being part of the family for each production.

Students were given the opportunity to ask questions and as ever, there were some absolute corkers. It was fabulous to see our students taking full advantage of the opportunity whilst they had it. Top tips from James include:

  • Early is on time, on time is late, and if you are late, then you needn't have bothered showing up.
  • Fitness is important, it will increase your lung capacity and maximise what you can do with your voice.
  • Doing something physical before an audition can help to lessen the adrenaline and calm you down.
  • Be as prepared as you can for every audition, know the piece inside out and try to give the director something a bit different (whilst keeping the core of the character) - Better to be strong and wrong!

Drama, like other performing arts, has been difficult to sustain under lockdown and it can feel like our current predicament has been taken the soul out of it, but talking with James has made drama that little bit magic again, and we cannot thank him enough.

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