Ac­tor helps school pre­pare for play

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

■ 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.myle­spol­

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