Thursday 13 December 2018

OKS Careers Talk: Performing Arts

Seven OKS who work in the Performing Arts shared their experiences with the King's pupils.

George Chilcott (TR 2002-2007) - Director, Ed Newton-Rex (GL 2001-20006) - Musical entrepreneur, Robin Sebastian Hunter (GL 1978-1983) - Actor, Charlotte Hamblin (LX 2004-2009) - Actress/Writer, Robin Bailey (SH 1999-2004) - Tenor, Leonora Dawson-Bowling (MR 1994-1999) - Classical singer/ copywriter and Matthew Townshend (LN 1974-1979) appeared at The OKS Careers Talk last night in Chums (Pupil Social Centre under Shirley Hall).

The event was well attended by 6a and 6b pupils and made for a lively, interactive session.
George Chilcott is the Artistic Director of DugOut Theatre having founded the company at the University of Leeds in 2009. DugOut shows have featured at the Soho Theatre, HighTide Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival to name but a few. George is also the director os sketch comedy duo Goodbear. Ed Newton-Rex is the Founder & CEO of London-based artificial intelligence start-up Jukedeck, where he and his team are building AI that composes original music. Ed learnt to code in order to start Jukedeck, which now comprises a team of 20 musicians and engineers. Watch Ed's TED talk here .

After leaving King’s, Robin Hunter trained at the Arts Education Schools’ Acting Company in London.  His film and TV credits include: Catastrophe, Round The Horne Revisited, Ben Elton’s Blessed, Sherlock, Doctors, Holy Flying Circus and My Family. His theatre credits include Kenneth Williams in Round the Horne Revisited, in The West End and on tour and The Royal Variety Show 2004. Charlotte Hamblin is an actress and playwright. She trained at RADA for a year before studying English Drama and Education at Cambridge University where she performed with the Footlights and CUADC. She featured in as Lady Anne Acland in the final series of ‘Downton Abbey’, and as Reba in ‘Dry Land’ at the Jermyn Street Theatre. Her latest venture was the titular role of the West End's revival of 'Miss Julie' followed by filming on the BBC One miniseries McMafia, which aired this January.

Robin Bailey is an international award winning Tenor. He trained at Royal Academy of Music and completed his Master’s degree in voice and opera at the Opera Course at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He premiered the Olivier Award winning production of La Bohème at the Soho theatre, and helped put on a prisoner lead production of West Side Story with Pimlico Opera at Erlestoke prison. Robin has also sung on a variety of film sound tracks including Mary Poppins Returns, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Prometheus. He is currently in rehearsals for a new ENO production of Chess, where he will be understudying Michael Ball at the London Colleseum.
Leonora is a freelance classical singer and editor/copywriter and website usability specialist. A passionate linguist and musician, she studied French and German at university and a postgraduate MSc in linguistics, whilst performing music at every opportunity. Last year she founded her own vocal ensemble, the Mayfair Mints . She finds the mixture of singing, editorial and website work fascinating and varied, and she loves that she never stops learning interesting and useful new skills in the process.  

Matthew Townshend is a professional Theatre Director and Producer, projects director of his own company mtp. He read English Literature at Cambridge University followed by postgraduate year at Arts Ed. He was a member of the National Youth Theatre and has appeared in London and nationwide as an actor, including over twenty seasons in pantomime, in which he has played alongside Barbara Windsor and the Nolans. This year 2018 mtp co-produced ‘Of Mice and Men’ in a nationwide tour, which opened at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre in January. When he is not acting, producing or directing, he lectures in Performing Arts, most recently at Suffolk New College in Ipswich and back in Cambridge, this time at Anglia Ruskin University.


Seven OKS who work in the Performing Arts shared their experiences with the King's pupils.

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