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Drama Pupils Privileged to Learn from the Brilliant Roger Allam

Wednesday 25 April 2018

On 20 April, sixth form drama pupils had the privilege of working with the brilliant actor Roger Allam, Old Blue (former pupil), who has a long and impressive career working in theatre, film and television (well known for his roles in ‘Endeavour’ and ‘Game of Thrones’).

The workshop focused on ‘The Tempest’, with Roger drawing on his work as ‘Prospero’ in the Globe production of the play in 2013. The pupils worked on the famous ‘We are such stuff as dreams are made of...’ from Act 4, Scene 1 where Prospero follows the ‘Masque’ with a philosophical speech to his daughter and son in law.

This was followed by a question and answer session about interpreting the play as well as the social and historical context of Shakespeare’s writing. The pupils then quizzed Roger on his varied career with ‘The Book Thief’ and ‘The Thick of It’ fans equally interested.

Roger Allam was a Christ’s Hospital pupil from 1964 to1972 and after reading Drama at Manchester University has gone on to a glittering career, winning the Olivier award twice for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor.

Director of Drama, John Johnson was delighted that pupils could meet such a distinguished performer: “This opportunity gave the pupils a real insight into an actor’s approach to playing one of Shakespeare’s seminal roles. The fact that Roger was able to find time in his busy schedule is a tribute to his generosity and belief in young people having a passion for studying drama.”

Roger was taking time out of his current project, performing in the West End at The Duke of York’s Theatre in David Hare’s ‘The Moderate Soprano'.

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