I don’t actually know, if I have learnt anything over the past 15 years, it is that plans and paths change. So, I suppose I would eventually like to teach drama/performance full time. However my career is/has been so eclectic, I think the best 5 year plan I can have, is to trust my Agent!
It is great to see that Ian is interested in teaching and we’re hoping that some of that is down to his experience at LTS. We decided to ask Ian a few questions about his time at LTS, firstly we asked, what did you enjoy most about LTS?
This is hard to pinpoint, because I loved LTS, even the hard days were great. The teachers were amazing and really sympathetic to my lack of dance skills. However, I loved the stage combat, the singing and getting to perform in public.
We try to offer our students as much training in all aspects of performing and a lot of students favourite class is definitely ‘Stage Combat’. With our auditions for next years intake just around the corner, we asked Ian, why should prospective students consider studying at LTS?
Prospective students should choose LTS because of its varied and diverse training program. I have never been anywhere, where there is so much training for all aspects of performance. I have worked in theatre on plays, musicals, operas and on TV/Film and how I conduct myself is all down to how I was initially trained at LTS.
It is great to know that the training you received at LTS is what has benefited you in all aspects of your work. Finally we asked Ian, what is your favourite memory/story of your time at LTS?
I have so many great memories of studying in LTS. I remember a lot of mischief and a lot of banter.
The funniest thing though, has to be a stage combat class where we learnt how to have our heads bashed off the wall. One person in my class decided to mimic a bull. She shouted, “Hey everyone, look at me”. Imitating a bulls horns with her hands and scuffed her foot along the floor like a bull about to charge! She charged at the wall, gaining speed. She reached the wall but she did not bounce off, she just, sort of kept going in to the wall. We all looked on in hysterics as there was just thee bottom half of this person hanging out of a rather large hole in the wall saying, “I’m ok!”.
I will always remember the fun friendly atmosphere. It might sound strange, but I have the fondest memories of walking through those front doors each day and feeling at home.
A lot of the staff remember this one! Thank you for your time Ian! We’re all so glad to see what you’ve been up to and we’re very excited to see what comes next! Best of luck in everything you do! Pop in and see us soon!
Liverpool Theatre School