Posted on 02/06/2009
Tuesday 26 May saw Alan Rickman visit Royal Holloway, University of London, on the invitation of The Student Workshop. Over 150 Drama and Theatre students took their seats in Founder’s Main Lecture Theatre as Student Workshop President Alex Turner interviewed the actor, and then opened the floor up for questions.
The interview was given as part of the concluding ‘In the Spotlight’ event of the year, created by Royal Holloway’s Student Workshop to give Drama students the chance to hear theatre professionals speak, and to ask questions, about the careers that many of them want to pursue. Previous speakers have included Scott Graham (Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly), Elliott Cowan (Actor) and Ed Collier (Producer of Fuel Theatre Company).
Alan Rickman trained at RADA, making his name performing in a wide range of British theatre groups – with notable performances including the Royal Shakespeare Company’s ‘Les Liasons Dangereuses’, for which he received a Tony Award. He is perhaps best known now for his multiple film roles, including Jamie in Anthony Minghella’s ‘Truly Madly Deeply’, ‘Die Hard’ villain Hans Gruber, and Professor Snape in the ‘Harry Potter’ series. He has also directed for film and stage, with his Royal Court production of ‘My Name is Rachel Corrie’ winning him the Theatre Goers’ Choice award for Best Director.
Alex Turner, President of the Student Workshop, comments, ‘We were honoured that Alan would give up time from his busy schedule to come and speak to Drama and Theatre students at Royal Holloway. His responses were so informative and interesting, and he was really personable with students who asked questions’. The actor spoke about his training at RADA, as well as what going to university or drama school means for anyone hoping to follow into his profession. He also spoke about his upcoming role in Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, which gave eager listeners a rare insight into the yet-to-be-released film.
Eleanor McAlister-Dilks, a third year Drama and Music student, helped co-ordinate the event. She adds, ‘It was so good to hear about the industry from a professional. Coming to events like these reminds me exactly why I want to work in this profession’.