Shakespeare Schools Foundation is pleased to announce alumnus Caleb Roberts, 22, in the title role in Trial of Richard III on 29 April 2018. Caleb demonstrates how, with SSF, young people discover new cultural horizons and aspire to careers they’d never dreamt of. Here Caleb reflects on his time with SSF and explains how we helped shape his career plans.

The first time I performed on stage was in The Taming of the Shrew, as part SSF’s annual Festival in 2008. I was just in year 8, but I knew then that I wanted to be an actor.

The performance was at the artsdepot in Finchley, and it was an amazing experience. There was a three-year age gap between Kate and Petruchio, which was possible because the Festival brought together pupils from different year groups. We integrated in a way that simply wouldn’t have happened in school. We didn’t just dissect the text at our desks - we brought it to life.

After that, I became an SSF ambassador and I went on to perform Shakespeare monologues and deliver speeches in venues like The Garrick Club, Clarence House and the BT Tower. These opportunities transformed my life by making me more confident and empowering me to follow my dreams.

I then went on to train with the BRIT School of Performing Arts and in 2017 I graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In September 2017, I performed alongside Sir Ian McKellen in King Lear at Chichester Festival Theatre. In July this year, the production will transfer to the West End.

Also, later this year, I will be in A Very English Scandal on BBC One. I wouldn’t have achieved all of this without SSF.

I’m delighted to be cast as Richard III and I hope that lots of people will join us at the Novello Theatre for this unique event - www.trialofrichardiii.org.

 

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