4th Dec, 2016

RSC actor drops in with tips

Rob George 23rd Oct, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM teenagers studying for their LAMDA acting exams had a special visitor when Royal Shakespeare Company actor Oliver Dench, dropped in to their class.

Eric Jones in Columbine Grove, Evesham, who directs local amateur drama productions, is tutoring the three boys, Cameron Muir, Thomas Sedman and Tristan O’Neill for their LAMDA Bronze and Gold acting exams (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts).

Thomas and Cameron were involved in Eric’s recent production called Whatever Next, performed in five venues in July, including Evesham Town Hall.

Oliver had hoped to watch one of the performances after he had appeared for a season in The Witch of Edmonton at The Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford.

However the actor, who is great nephew of Dame Judi Dench, kept his promise to Eric and visited the class last Monday (October 12).

Together, Oliver and the class explored some of the drama of Romeo’s death scene in that play, and some of the comedy in Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers, before he returned to London.

Eric told the Observer: “It was a great session, with some really good tips and demonstrations from this splendid and generous young actor our front living room!

“Romeo died several times during that session in a practice which will hopefully help the boys in their exams later on.

“Everyone enjoyed the drama and the laughter which ensued!

“We are looking forward to a return visit sometime when Oliver returns to Stratford hopefully in 2016,” he added.