The 2015 Spotlight Prize Showcase took place at the beautiful Bloomsbury Ballroom, where 20 nominees from the accredited Drama Schools in the UK performed a monologue for a room full of industry professionals. Directed by Guy Retallack.
I performed a brand new piece of writing by the brilliant Kayleigh Llewellyn – ‘My So Called Life in a Box’.The speech was based on her hilarious blog detailing the wonderful wacky customers in her Theatre Ticket booth in Leicester Square. With 5 extra customer roles to play, as well as the main character who had to deal with them, I (hopefully) got to show off my versatility and work off some of my excited energy with a bigger performance.
The other nominees were an absolute dream to work with and I watched each of their rehearsals with admiration and a sneaky notepad to steal their successful techniques. My friends and family made sure I felt fully supported throughout both rehearsal days and the production team at Spotlight can’t be praised highly enough.
The professionalism was astounding, but the event never felt formal or stiff, it was a fun and productive atmosphere that helped no end. I’m sure without this they’d have had twenty nervous wrecks trying to remember a speech on a very attractive stage.
Rosalind and Edward were well deserving winners and the whole cast were thrilled for them. We all agreed that until the very last moment of the performance night when the winners were announced, it did not feel like a competition at all, more of an ensemble showcase.
This was an incredible opportunity and I can’t thank the staff at Drama Studio London enough for choosing me to represent them. Thanks especially to Gill King for her hard work during rehearsals and helping me choose the speech in the first place, and to Gill and Chris Pickles for coming along to support me on the night.
You can watch my performance below. For an edited version with my personal favourite bits, please visit my Spotlight Profile Page.