Brooklands star returns to provide some stage inspiration

Superstars: The Brooklands College crew

Superstars: The Brooklands College crew

First published in News This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

A former Brooklands College student graced the stage at his old college to give an audition technique master class to current students.

The master class formed part of the acting auditions modules for performing arts students as part of their level 3 extended diploma course.

Joe Hunt, a graduate of the London Studio Centre, has worked as a professional performer for the past year, with his recent works including being a backing dancer for 80s pop group Bananarama during their recent comeback and several music videos and television adverts.

Students were put through their paces during the 9-minute mock audition, in which Mr Hunt worked with students, using material from real industry castings.

Student Lizzie Bell, 18, said: “It was an amazing workshop in which Joe demonstrated the physical rigors of a professional audition process.

“Working with him was insightful and provided us with a fantastic opportunity to learn from someone who completed our course several years ago and is now working professionally.”

Mr Hunt said: “It was great to come back to Brooklands again, and give something back to the college that helped launch my career. I would thoroughly recommend the performing arts department to any aspiring actor or dancer as the facilities and quality of tuition at Brooklands is second to none.”

Iain Patterson, curriculum leader for performing arts said he is hoping to arrange for more ex-students to give similar classes students, particular those who have gone on to star in the West End, on television and in the film industry.

Other Brooklands performing arts alumni include Martin Freeman, who plays Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, television presenter Steve Backshall, and former EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas, who is now competing in ITV’s Dancing on Ice.

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