On Friday 17th October, the Olivier Award winning actor Clive Rowe came to Regents International School Pattaya to deliver some acting workshops for their eager Drama students. Clive Rowe is probably best known for his role as Norman "Duke" Ellington in BBC Children's drama 'The Story of Tracy Beaker'. He has also appeared on television in 'Dalziel and Pascoe', 'The Bill' and the 2007 Christmas special of 'Doctor Who - "Voyage of the Damned"' as 'Morvin Van Hoff". In 1997, Clive Rowe won an Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical for his role as "Nicely Nicely Johnson" in the National Theatre revival of 'Guys and Dolls’.
When the opportunity for Mr Rowe to work with the Regents' Drama students came along, Mr Lewis, Head of Drama at Regents snapped it up, “This was too good an opportunity to miss, Mr Rowe has worked non-stop since leaving Drama school 30 years ago, he is very well respected in the acting community and has a very impressive CV. His diverse experience in professional acting was something I felt should be shared with our year 12&13 IB Theatre students. Mr Rowe delivered an extremely valuable masterclass in Audition Technique as some of our students have expressed an interest in going to Drama Schools upon leaving us here at Regents”.
Students Travis Birgan, Tom Duncan and Anastasia Kondratieva were put through their paces as they delivered their monologues in a mock audition. Mr Rowe gave each student some valuable advice on the process of auditioning and also some very detailed acting feedback. The 16 students involved in the session left the studio buzzing and most of them stayed behind to ask Mr Rowe even more advice regarding the acting profession.
Many thanks to Mr Dale Farrington for making this possible.