Treading the boards

Published: 07 Aug 2015

A futuristic musical version of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays is among the highlights at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

This will be the Scottish premiere of the Youth Music Theatre UK’s production of Macbeth following a successful run at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre last year.

The show will feature a cast of 40 performers and musicians aged 11-21, including three young actors from Aberdeen, selected through a nationwide audition.

We catch up with the trio of north-east thespians about their career aspirations:

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NAME: Hamish Somers
AGE: 18
FROM: Cove Bay, Aberdeen
ROLE IN MACBETH: Ross

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING?
For as long as I can remember. Not including school nativity, I think I was roughly eight years old.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO BECOME AN ACTOR?
It’s been my dream forever. I love getting to understand the character I’m playing and the audience’s reaction to characters and the story. Finding new ways to portray emotions and relationships fascinates me.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE?
I just want to be good. I would kill to play Jean Valjean from Les Miserables professionally though.

NAME: Callum Adams
AGE: 13
FROM: Kinellar, Aberdeenshire
ROLE IN MACBETH: Fleance

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING?
Since I was six.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR?
I think it’s great fun. The effort and time that go into making productions is amazing and I love being part of it.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE?
I would like to be an actor like Tom Cruise or Chris Pine.

NAME: Sam Garioch
AGE: 18
FROM: Midstocket, Aberdeen
ROLE IN MACBETH: Macbeth

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN ACTING?

Twelve years. I’ve attended drama classes since I was six years old and I’ve been a part of several local youth musical theatre companies since I was 10, making some wonderful friends and developing my skills.

I was lucky enough to be a part of the APA exchange programme with American Conservatoire Theatre in San Francisco and my trip there cemented my desire to act.

Working with the YMTuk is an absolute privilege and cast mates are my second family.

I am most excited about working again with the most collaborative director I’ve worked with, Stuart Harvey, my two leading ladies,  Molly Coffey (Lady Macbeth) and Cressida Hope (Hecate), and seeing my closest friends.

WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE AN ACTOR?

I really love connecting with an audience and exploring different characters. Also, any excuse to sing has to be grabbed as well.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE?

I am moving to London to take my place at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to study a BA Honours Degree in Acting (Musical Theatre) at the end of September.

I’m so excited to be going as my dream is to perform in the west end and Broadway. I am a big fan of Jason Robert Brown’s works and I will be performing in my last amateur show in Aberdeen in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard as Joe Gillis just before I leave.

You can catch Hamish, Callum, Sam and the rest of the cast in Macbeth at the New Town Theatre, Edinburgh from August 19-30.

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