Had my first trip to see LAMDA at Large recently. The final year students at the west London drama school produced and performed A Gloriously Mucky Business and Arcadia at the Lyric Hammersmith over the space of the week and open the doors to joe-public to watch.
The performance I saw was Arcadia and I'm not going to review it except to say that it was incredibly accomplished for a cast and crew with that level of experience - I've seen a professional production or two that could learn something.
My main reason for going was the opportunity to potentially see a fledgling stage star. There was a familiar face among the cast - Matthew Tennyson who's already had a special mention on this blog for his stint in Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket but who else caught my eye?
Well Joshua Mayes-Cooper put in a good turn as Septimus, the tutor of the ultra bright Thomasina who develops a crush. And so did Ciaran Owens as Bernard Nightingale the blinkered academic.
Of the acresses I particularly liked Sophie Dickson as the slightly barbed but equally obsessive academic Hannah and Alice Orr-Ewing who did a great job playing Thomasina's mother - something that is quite difficult to pull off when the actor/character age gap is so pronounced.
Will definitely be keeping an eye out for their names around London's theatre scene.
OK so this isn't technically a review but there is a connection so I couldn't resist. Matthew Tennyson's stint in Flare Path with Sienna Miller has already put him one step away from Mr W who played Miller's boyfriend Sidney in Layer Cake. Here's a little youtube link because I just love him in the disco scene so much.
Star image by ff137 on Flickr