Spring Graduate News
Spring has sprung and it’s almost Easter, so we thought we’d provide you with some treats in the form of more news of what our graduates are up to.
We begin our roundup with our acting graduates and this season our alumni have been lighting up the small screen, with TV roles aplenty. The BBC’s Shakespeare and Hathaway starred Quinn Patrick, Nick Moran and Anthony Adjekum alongside Musical theatre graduate Julie Atherton whilst Cameron Jack could be seen in both Emmerdale and Call the Midwife. On the stage, Harry Atwell and Esther McAuley are currently in Frankenstein at Manchester Royal Exchange and joining them in the North West will be Christian Edwards in All I See is You at Bolton Octagon. A little closer to home, Richard Delaney will appear in The Secret Life of Humans at New Diorama Theatre and Ali Azhar is set to star in Moormaid at the Arcola.
Next we shift the spotlight to our Musical Theatre alumni and Grange Park Opera’s production of Oklahoma! this summer will be packed full of Mountviewers. Current student Connor Ewing will be leaving us early to join the cast whilst graduates Lauren Hood and Natasha Cottriall will join him. Similarly, current student Tim Mahendran will be heading to Hope Mill Theatre for Spring Awakening alongside Seyi Omooba and Beth Hinton-Lever. Natasha Cottriall has been busy, as she is also currently appearing in The Selfish Giant at the Vaudeville Theatre with fellow alumnus Jeff Nicholson. Meanwhile down in Cirencester at The Barn Theatre Minal Patel and Alex James Ellison will be in The Secret Garden. A little closer to home, Dean Wilson will be appearing in the eagerly anticipated West End transfer of The King & I at the London Palladium whilst Keisha Amponsa Banson joins the new cast of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre. At the Union Theatre, Louie Westwood stars in Twang!! and Alistair Brookshaw is in Caroline, Or Change at Hampstead Theatre, directed by fellow alumnus Michael Longhurst. Away from the theatre Connie Fisher presented documentary Baby Love on BBC Wales.
In directing news, Matthew Bosley has joined the English Touring Opera as Staff Director and back at the Hampstead Theatre Kayla Feldman is at the helm of Acceptance. In South London, Daniel Phillips directs Banana Crabtree Simon at the Drayton Arms Theatre which is also produced by fellow graduate Jamie Chapman Dixon.
Onto Musical Direction graduates and George Dyer will be providing orchestrations for An Officer and a Gentleman’s national tour, joining Maisey Bawden who is in the cast.
Last but certainly not least, in Production Arts news Bethan McKnight will be taking the role of Assistant Stage Manager on The Writer at the Almeida.
Keep your eye on our website for more graduate news coming soon.
Photo: Spring Awakening Rehearsals, copyright Scott Rylander