To Sir, With Love - A Young REP Perspective
Rehearsals are currently underway for our Young REP's production of To Sir, With Love. We caught up with Oliver Rayner-Pearce from the cast who plays Edward Edwards, and he gave us a few of his thoughts on the show, the rehearsal process and working with "taller" actors...
I've been attending the Young REP for a few years now, and we all got the opportunity to audition for To Sir, With Love directed by one of our youth theatre directors (Tom Saunders) and another director that we didn't know called Gwenda Hughes. At the auditions there were a lot of people, and initially I thought it would be a daunting experience, but after my nerves had calmed I had a fantastic time meeting new people, including Gwenda Hughes.
After I found out that I would be in the play I was thrilled, and the first few weeks were about getting to know my fellow cast members and familiarising myself with the play. Then a few weeks later we had found out our roles and then the work really started. We got straight into it scene by scene until we had a rough feel for our characters and the play as a whole. There are professional actors in the play, but at that point we weren't going to meet them until much later, so we focused on the scenes featuring the class. After working on the project for a few months, I got a real feel for Edwards and as I immersed myself into the role I tried to think as my character would.
With the play only a couple of weeks away, we're now working with the professional actors (or as Gwenda calls them the “taller actors”) and things are really shaping up. The actors are a pleasure to work with and have been fantastic fun. It has been such a fulfilling experience and now that we're putting the entire play together, the next few weeks will be great and the performance will be a once in a lifetime experience.
To Sir, With Love runs at The REP from 25 April - 6 May. Make sure to book your tickets for this brilliant new Young REP production, based on E.R. Braithwaite's classic novel and adapted for the stage by writer of East Is East, Ayub Khan-Din.