We chat to Guilford School of Acting graduate and YMT Alumni Lewis Clarke about his time with us.
All three of my YMT experiences were life changing - I did Ghosts of the Past (2010), The Dummy Tree (2010) and Korczak (2011). They turned me from a young amateur performer, into a strong, well-rounded professional and I maintain that the discipline I display in a rehearsal room today stemmed from YMT.
Lewis Clarke in Ghosts of the Past (2010).
Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?
I do still keep in contact with people I met at YMT. I was lucky enough go to drama school with one of them, so we spent three years training together. It's difficult to keep up with everyone that I met because I made so many friends, however, when I randomly bump into them in London or Edinburgh we always have a catch up.
Why should people get involved with YMT?
People should get involved with YMT because it is a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends, work with many fantastic industry professionals and understand a bit more about the workings of a real rehearsal process. The intensive rehearsals were a real eye opener for me and spurred me on to make myself even stronger performer. My tip for anyone looking to get involved would be to throw yourself into it. Show that you are prepared to try anything. Especially if it is something that makes you nervous; if you can be confident doing that everything else will seem easy.
What would your dream role be?
My dream role would be Javert in Les Mis. A slightly dull choice I admit, but getting to sing 'Stars' eight times a week would be a real privilege. Also I the YMT a production Ghosts of the Past ever revived, I would love to play Gabriel once again.
I have so many favourite shows. All the classics like Les Mis, Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys and The Book of Mormon. A slightly obscure show and one that I believe more people should know about is Bat Boy. I think that the music is fantastic and the show itself, very funny.
What/who should young people research in the arts?
I think that it is important to the individual. You have to find out the sort of company and sort of performer that you like. For instance, if you find a particular song that you like, find out who wrote it and look up some more if there stuff, you may come across something you wouldn't have before.
Lewis Clarke in Korczak (2011).
I love so many different kinds of food. I think you can't beat a classic spag bol, but if I'm out for a meal, more often than not, I will get a nice rare steak!
My ideal holiday is Dalyan, Turkey. I love the heat, the nightlife, the culture and most importantly the exchange rate is fantastic at the moment.
THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?
Scone as in gone. That way it sets up my favourite joke. What's the fastest cake in the world? Scone!