Our amazing casting booker Rhiannon has a very dramatic hobby that we wanted to hear a little more about..
Has performing always been a hobby of yours?
I have always loved performing, I’ve been a part of amateur dramatics since a young age and then went on to study it at college. At the age of 18 I was thrilled to be involved in the reopening of the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, where I did a 6 week run of An Enemy Of The People – it was incredible to be a part of a professional show! I then moved on to Carney Academy, which gave me excellent training in all three disciplines and I was lucky enough to work with west end directors and choreographers. Whilst being there I also attended University and trained in dance and musical theatre this gave me the chance to work with dancers from Matthew Bourne’s company – a once in a lifetime opportunity! Some of my favourite roles to date have been Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ruby in Behind the Scenes at the Museum and a Frug dancer in Sweet Charity.
Was there anything in particular that inspired you give acting and performing a try?
Initially, I attended ballroom classes from around the age of 6 and took exams in all the grades. A few years later a new drama society started up in my little village back in Sheffield and I joined and never looked back! At first, it was just a bit of fun to go to with all my friends but then I realised how much I enjoyed it, and wanted to fulfil it as a regular hobby.
What show are you working on at the moment and what is your role?
I recently joined Salford Musical Theatre Company and have just finished performing in Singin in the Rain at The Lowry Theatre. I played a featured dancer with a few lines of dialogue. It’s fantastic to be back treading the boards after a three year gap and I’m loving it!
Would you say being a performer yourself helps as a casting booker?
Being a performer definitely helps me in my job at Boss, I can look at the casting process through the performers eyes and when it comes to giving advice on self tapes I can talk from experience about what works and doesn’t work, as well as giving direction on how to deliver lines. I also have training in screen acting, as well as having undertaken intense audition preparation courses and have ran one to one sessions here at the agency for various castings.
Do you intend to keep up performing in your spare time?
I love performing in my spare time and my main hobby is being a member of Manchester Show Choir. We get so many fantastic opportunities such as opening the prestigious Smile ball charity fundraiser run by Danny Miller, performing on various television shows like Hollyoaks and Jane McDonald and we recently hosted our own sing along cinema screening of The Greatest Showman! We have also been honoured to ask to sing at various events over the last year to pay tribute to the Manchester attack, including a live acapella singing on The Last Leg which I felt incredibly proud to have been a part of.
I have definitely got the bug for performing theatre again after Singin in the Rain, I am looking forward to the next one, the best part of performing outside of my job as a casting booker is that it relates so well to my position here at Boss.