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Visit from an Actor

Some students in Year 8 have been studying The Tempest and we were fortunate to be able to invite Graham Bill, a former teacher turned professional actor, to our class to talk about his experience of playing Caliban. 

He provided us with an insight into a complex character and told us about his preparation for the role which included a painstaking hour applying full body paint!  Graham talked about the  demands of playing a figure who is both monstrous and one who asks for our sympathy. Students asked many searching questions and came to the  conclusion that Caliban is not a monster, just misunderstood!

     It was fascinating to hear about Graham's experiences of both playing this character and his wider film and TV roles and I would like to thank him very much for coming in and sharing his stories with us.