A visit from the West End

A visit from the West End

The Year 11 and 12 drama students got a taste of life treading the boards when West End casting director Ben Newsome came into school to talk to them.

Ben spoke about his job, how he got where he is and some of the shows, films and TV programmes he has cast. He also clarified what a casting director does; some of the students were surprised to hear that it is not simply about sitting in on auditions and choosing the final cast.

Ben also gave students some useful tips about using social media advantageously in the industry. He shared tips on what to post (and what not to post) on Twitter and how casting directors often use Instagram and Twitter to discover new talent.

Drama teacher Hayley Spiers said: “The students were really excited that Ben took the time to chat to them and had lots of questions for him at the end of his talk. He was more than happy to answer their questions and stayed around for a while after his talk to chat with them.

“He opened their eyes to a lot of opportunities in the industry outside of performing and gave them advice on which colleges to look into and reminded them that often, it’s not what you know – it’s who you know!

We were really lucky to have Ben come in to speak to us. The students have even invited him to our 2017 school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, as a special guest!”

Year 12 student Zachary Davison said: “Ben’s talk really opened my eyes to ideas and opportunities I didn’t know existed.”

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