08 Jun 2016

Wednesday 08 June 2016

If you were one of the 90,000 people who went to the Pop-up Globe, you might recognise Stanley Andrew Jackson. He played Malvolio from Twelfth Night and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet. Stanley is working with the cast of the Senior Drama production, A Good Woman as an acting coach.

The production is benefiting from Stanley's experience. He has just finished his Masters degree, majoring in Classical Theatre, which he completed in London. Stanley is originally from Houston, Texas and never thought his acting career would take him half way around the world to perform Shakespeare in the South Pacific.

The College is certainly lucky to have him working with the cast of A Good Woman. Members of the cast have noted that Stanley's use of exercises before the rehearsal has helped the actor engage with the script by creating believable links between characters and the dialogue. These techniques have also allowed the cast to create an acting style which is honest, as the cast can work two hours on five pages, taking a scene from flat and fake to an engaging, electric performance. Stanley's levels of energy and professionalism has facilitated the cast's understanding of heightened realism contained within the script.

Stanley has found the experience of working with our students refreshing and inspiring. It has taken him back to his early days of working in theatre. Our students have motivated Stanley to challenge the cast to what they perceive as their limits and to go beyond. While working with Stanley, our cast is developing great stagecraft.

A Good Woman, by Oscar Wilde, is playing for two nights on Wednesday, 22 and Thursday, 23 June at 7.00pm in the Great Hall.