Shrewsbury School

Old Salopians treading the boards

Monday 13 June 2011

A remarkable number of (young) Old Salopians seem to be making a name for themselves in entertainment:

Josh Sasse (G 2001-2004) is currnetly playing the lead role of Sky in Mamma Mia on the West End.  Josh took a lead role in our 2003/4 School Musical 'Into the Woods', which was also performed at Edinburgh.  More recently, he has taken an Elvis tour around Italy, and he also sang Johnny Depp's lead part in the film of Sweeney Todd.

Clive Hayward (SH 1978-1983) is playing in David Tennant's Much Ado About Nothing at Wyndham's, having recently finished a run in Private Lives at Manchester's Royal Exchange. He has also toured the UK as Eric Morecambe in The Play What I Wrote.  During his time here, Clive was Head of School, and a pioneer of Shrewsbury School Drama under the leadership of Robin Case.

Laurie Cottam (M 2001-2006) just missed getting into the Final of Britain's Got Talent with his a-cappella group Out of the Blue, much to the disappointment of the studio (and TV) audience. Laurie took the lead in our School Musical Frankenstein, and travelled with the rest of the troupe up to the Edinburgh Fringe and to The Royal College of Music's Britten Theatre with it.  Out of the Blue now regularly plays to sell-out audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Richard Goulding (I 1992-1997) will be performing in four short plays (two double-bills) at the National Theatre from 3rd August 2011.  Richard played several lead roles in school productions while at Shrewsbury, including Jekyll! and The Time Machine, both creations of John Moore and Alex Went.  Richard went on to study at the Guildhall School of Drama, but left to play the role of Konstantin in The Seagull, with Ian McKellan, directed by Trevor Nunn.  In the lead up to last year's election, Richard was playing in Posh at the Royal Court Theatre, based recognisably on the goings-on of the Bullingdon Club that David Cameron, Boris Johnson and George Osborne all once belonged to.

Joe Allan in Racing Demon 2010Joe Allan (R 2005-2010) heard recently, whilst in Africa, that he has won a place at the National Youth Theatre, starting in September 2011.  Over 5,000 people applied for the few vacancies that they had this year, so the competition was extremely tough.  Joe had a starring role in last year's School Play Racing Demon, that also went up to Edinburgh last August.

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