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Posted on February 21 2009 at 3:02:10 0 comments

Nicholas Bailey

Village Show Preview: Nicholas Bailey’s World of Drama

Budding thespians in the Bromsgrove area have the chance to learn more about a career in drama from actor Nicholas Bailey, who presents a special workshop on the subject at Artrix on March 28.

Familiar to many of us as former Eastender Dr Anthony Trueman, Nicholas has enjoyed a varied career on stage and screen, and is keen to pass on his wisdom to anyone interested in drama, especially youngsters.

“I am now in a position to offer advice;  to tell young people the things I wish I’d known when I was their age!” says Nicholas, who was born and raised in Birmingham and cut his acting teeth at the Old Rep Theatre School, where his mother enrolled him in the hope of burning off some of his boundless energy!

“I was very lucky that the schools I went to [Birmingham’s Blue Coat School and later Oldswinford Hospital School] took drama seriously and put on some great productions, such as Greek tragedies and Shakespeare, but not everyone has those opportunities,” he continues.  “That’s why I wanted to give this seminar – and I wanted it to take place in the West Midlands if possible.”

Nicholas has fond memories of growing up in the area, especially scoring the winning try in a rugby match against Bromsgrove Sevens! He also ran for Worcester Athletics Club, and still has plenty of friends and family in the region.

Artrix’s marketing manager Bev Southall is a family friend of the Baileys, and the Bromsgrove venue’s intimate size and impressive acoustics appealed to Nicholas.

The audience at his talk will have the chance to ask questions about his life and career, from the National Youth Theatre to LAMDA to becoming a household name on Albert Square.

“I always loved showing off and hearing the sound of applause, but at first I didn’t realise I could do it for a job,” he recalls. In fact, he considered a career in law before recognising his true calling. 

“Joining the National Youth Theatre opened up a whole new world and really was my big break, because the artistic director – the late Ed Wilson – suggested I join LAMDA,” Nicholas says. “After that I got an agent and started working straight away…and I’m pleased to say it’s been pretty good ever since!”

In addition to Eastenders, where his character’s affairs with mother and daughter Kat and Zoe Slater kept viewers entertained, Nicholas has appeared in British mainstays such as Coronation Street, Casualty, Holby City and Doctors, as well as taking part in Soapstar Superstar.

Recent theatre credits include Ustinov’s acclaimed production of Breakfast With Mugabe, while back on television he presented a poignant documentary on Walter Tull, the first black officer to serve in the British Army, who also battled racial abuse while playing football for Tottenham Hotspur.

“I would like to do more presenting, and I’m currently writing and pitching ideas for documentaries,” Nicholas adds. He is also supporting a new educational initiative – the Diploma in Creative & Media – which will be offered in Worcestershire high schools from September and will give students the chance to experience the creative arts in a more vocational format.

“I want to help young people fulfil their potential, and if my talk at Artrix is successful then I plan to run more workshops,” concludes Nicholas. “However, all ages are welcome to attend – it’s aimed at anyone who is interested in what it takes to be a professional actor. Hopefully they will come away a bit wiser about the whole mad business!”

Nicholas Bailey’s World of Drama starts at 10am on March 28. Tickets £10 (£8 conc) from the Artrix Box Office on 01527 577330 or at http://www.artrix.co.uk


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