Actor helps school prepare for play
■ St Luke’s College performing arts students had a brush with fame last week when Australian actor and former Pilbara resident Myles Pollard visited the school to lead them in a two-day acting workshop.
About 40 Year 7-10 students in St Luke’s Centre for Artistic Development performing arts program worked on William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth with Pollard, who visited as an acting coach with theatre group Bell Shakespeare.
The workshop was designed to prepare students for a modern adaptation the school has planned for next year. Pollard is a regular on the Australian acting scene and has starred in TV shows McLeod’s Daughters and Home and Away, as well as acclaimed WA surfing film Drift.
The actor also has a strong connection with the Pilbara region.
He grew up in local towns including Karratha, Onslow, Port Hedland and Wyndham, and his father was the first principal of Millars Well Primary School.
“This is the first time I’ve been back to the Pilbara in 34 years,” he said, not including a trip to Newman last year.
“I went to (Millars Well Primary School) and it was bit sentimental,” he said.
CAD program creative director Kylie Slatter said her students got a lot out of the workshops with Pollard, even if some were a bit starstruck from watching him on Home and Away.
Year 9 students Navyaa Shukla, 15, and Emma Raudonikis, 14, said the workshopping exercises Pollard had run them through had made Shakespeare seem more relevant and less intimidating.
Pollard will soon feature in an upcoming film adaptation of award-winning WA book Jasper Jones, and is running a crowdfunding campaign to finance a short film called Inheritance, loosely based on the life of a convict ancestor.
To contribute to the campaign visit www.mylespollard.com.au.