I was invited to join the VML drama group to help out a friend as they wanted someone to fill a ‘small part’ in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As a Shakespeare fan I thought it would be an interesting challenge and something I could talk to my daughter about who is studying acting at college. Two days later I find myself cast as the main antagonist in the play with hundreds of lines to learn.
Never having acted before I did look to Robert for advice and guidance which was provided enthusiastically, constructively, patiently and always in a positive manner. This gave me the belief in myself to perform in front of an audience for the first time.
Not only has this provided me with a opportunity to perform, which is something I had never saw myself doing a year ago, but it enables a springboard for young talent to develop and achieve their goals within the performing arts.
In a short space of time I have witnessed a number of people, from a diverse group, gain confidence in their acting skills and perform at a high standard. The impressive levels of support, dedication and teamwork seen within VML is directly influenced by Robert’s energy and passion for developing talent in this space.
John B, adult actor