Ac­tor launches drama school

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

A Cam­bus­lang ac­tor is open­ing a drama school in the town in a bid to see oth­ers fol­low in his thes­pian foot­steps.

Reece Don­nelly, who worked on Wa­ter­loo Road, is launch­ing the Theatre School of Scot­land in Cam­bus­lang fol­low­ing suc­cess teach­ing across the coun­try.

The 20-year-old for­mer Trin­ity High School stu­dent hopes the school will pro­vide chil­dren with a re­al­is­tic chance of suc­ceed­ing in the in­dus­try.

It will be held in Park View Pri­mary School be­fore even­tu­ally mov­ing to the new New­ton Pri­mary School.

Reece, who has a BA Hon­ours in Drama and worked on screen and stage, said: “I have been teach­ing chil­dren for four years. The rea­son I wanted to do it here is be­cause I have been do­ing work­shops in Aberdeen and I thought I could be teach­ing kids in my own com­mu­nity.

“We will be teach­ing four to 18 year olds. For the younger kids it’s all about build­ing their con­fi­dence and mak­ing them con­fi­dent in what they’re do­ing.

“We will be spe­cial­is­ing in TV, film and com­mer­cials and there will be an­nual theatre show.”

Reece says the school will be par­tic­u­larly spe­cial in Scot­land be­cause it will be con­nected to tal­ent agency KR Man­age­ment.

Headed up by his friend Katie Ruther­ford and where Reece also works, the agency spe­cialises in find­ing work for child ac­tors.

This means chil­dren in the Cam­bus­lang classes could be put for­ward for roles which Reece is made aware of via cast­ing di­rec­tors ap­proach­ing the agency.

He said: “I want to pass on the knowl­edge and train­ing to the younger gen­er­a­tion to al­low Scot­tish kids to be put on the map from a young age.

“At the agency we get jobs in ev­ery week for kids.”

Reece is hop­ing to launch the Theatre School of Scot­land at Park View Pri­mary School at the end of the school hol­i­days.

But he is also teach­ing a four-day sum­mer school course for bud­ding ac­tors aged six to 18 from July 30 to Au­gust 3.

It will in­clude au­di­tion train­ing for TV, film and theatre roles and Anna Daw­son, from Si­mone Perira Hind Cast­ing, will also pro­vide a work­shop. Jor­dan Sum­mers Pho­tog­ra­phy will take head­shots for all par­tic­i­pants and, on the fi­nal day of the course, stu­dents will have the op­tion to au­di­tion for KR Man­age­ment.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the course, which costs £100, and the Cam­bus­lang classes email info@ the­atreschoolof­s­cot­land.co.uk or call 07495271306.

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