EastEnders actor gives students auditions advice

Actor Nigel Harman with student Tom Clark
Actor Nigel Harman with student Tom Clark

STAR of stage and screen Nigel Harman has passed on some of his expertise to Ariel Drama Academy’s senior students.

He visited the Burgess Hill base to run a masterclass with a selection of senior students from across Sussex, including Steyning.

They worked on audition techniques, each reciting a monologue which they had learned, and all students went away with practical advice which will help when applying for acting roles.

Nigel, whose roles include Dennis Rickman in EastEnders, Mr Green in Downton Abbey and Lord Farquaad in the West End production of Shrek, said: “The standard of theatrical training these students receive is clearly evident, and it was such a joy to work with them on their monologues.”

Student Tom Clark said: “It was a great session with Nigel. He was very encouraging and his feedback was very constructive, it was great to work with someone with his experience.”

The actor, who is currently the tour director of Shrek the Musical, also attended an Ariel performance of Edelweiss Pirates at the Ifield Barn, which was part of National Theatre Connections.

For more information or for a free trail at Ariel’s Steyning Academy, visit www.arielct.co.uk or call 01444 250407.