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LSC alumni soar into the wizarding world of Harry Potter

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The frenzy around Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is beginning to rise as the productions cast and creatives work on the finishing touches before opening night in less than a month's time. Based on an original new story by J.K.Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne will receive its world premiere in London's West End at the Palace Theatre this Summer. The play is based 19 years later after the original well-loved story finished and will be the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. 

The cast brings together a mix of actors from various performing pathways and includes two LSC alumni; Nuno Silva and Joshua Wyatt.


Above: Nuno Silva (left) and Joshua Wyatt (right) 

Nuno's career has credits from a wide spectrum of theatre; including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe for Birmmingham Rep, The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe, Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Exchange Theatre. He has been in The Light Princess at the National Theatre, Cabaret at the Savoy Theatre, Maria De Buenos Aires at Cork Opera House. As well as appearing as a dancer in Dr. Dee at Manchester International Festival and the ENO, The Crane Maiden in Yokohama, Japan, An Anatomy in Four Quarters and The Most Incredible Thing at Sadler's Wells and God's Garden at the Royal Opera House. 

Joshua graduated from LSC and went straight into the emsemble of Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre, London. Later appearing in Tommy at Blackpool Opera House and Loserville at Union Theatre, London. Joshua is making his debut in his first acting based role in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

We recently caught up with Joshua to see how excited he is about his new venture:

Joshua: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has undoubtedly been completely different from anything else I have done since leaving college. However, at the same time, the sheer scale of the production makes it feel like a hybrid, almost a brand new genre of theatre altogether.

What has made your experience in this rehearsal period so different from other productions?

J: When in the cast of a musical theatre production I was used to a patterned process, a dance warm up and a singing warm up, then onto learning and rehearsing the production numbers. In my previous jobs, the productions were mostly set and only varied slightly during the rehearsals. In one day of rehearsals we would learn a whole song and dance number and then the creativity involved was more concentrated to an individual putting their unique spin on a character. At the moment each day is different for me, we still have a physical warm up in the morning, but because this is the premier of the play, there is an infinite creative process going on. The challenging part for the whole cast  is keeping up with the huge amounts of changes and rewrites, constantly learning new adapted lines and cutting old ones, it really tests you as a performer.

What have you enjoyed the most about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child so far?

J: Being able to observe the progression and development of the production is one of the most appealing parts of doing a piece that is brand new. Compared with a musical where you can have a text, song and dance to convey the storyline to the audience, this is one of the first times I have gone into so much detail with a script and character. You bring your body, character and ideas with as much detail as you can to rehearsals and the director works with you once you have interpreted the text. It is a very interesting process and I enjoy the flexibility and freedom it brings. You get to use so much of your imagination; it's very exciting.

How did London Studio Centre prepare you for different genres of theatre?

J: LSC provided me with the skills to be able to adapt to pretty much all scenarios and jobs out there. The training was intense with a heavy dance schedule. In a normal day we could be running from ballet in your tights straight into a singing lesson; still glistening in sweat, then throwing on your tap shoes before being given some papers on how to do a northern accent for your acting class. The training was so diverse, which is what attracted me to LSC in the first place.

What advice would you give to other eager performers?

J: LSC instilled in me the idea of being a 'thinking dancer', which is such a valuble message for when I was out auditioning in the industry, it reminded me to not fall into the habit of being a clone. If I could give any advice to others it would be to never turn down opportunities and if none come your way, create some! Keeping your skills and talents at an employable level is one of the hardest tasks when you've finished college because as soon as you stop doing class everyday it's like an hour glass, unless you keep going, improving and maintaining skills, then when the time comes you won't make the grade. Treat everything like a muscle. It needs to be worked to be maintained and strengthed. And always be polite!