Posted on 14/11/2011
Hollywood actor and award winning comedian Omid Djalili diverted his tour bus via Royal Holloway, University of London for an intimate ‘In The Spotlight’ question and answer session with students.
The star of Gladiator, The Mummy, and Notting Hill, who is currently touring with his sell-out stand up show, met members of The Student Workshop, in the drama department’s Studio Theatre, to share some of his knowledge of the entertainment industry. The Student Workshop - a society founded and operated by drama students, who stage their work throughout university term time - were able to indulge in the wise words, jokes and industry secrets of a performer held high in their aspirations.
Djalili was accompanied by his tour and production managers, Andrew Jobbins and Shaun Weager, which opened up the session to the broad interests of the students, allowing them to not only learn how it is to be performing a stand up tour, but also everything that goes on behind the scenes.
He kindly stated he enjoyed passing on his experience to budding performers saying: “their fresher energy reminds me of how I started out and where I began”. He acknowledged the importance of experience industry experts offering their time to those beginning their careers, to which the students were all enormously grateful.
This isn’t the first time the society has had the privilege of a star in the Royal Holloway’s Drama Department spilling out experience for the students to absorb. Last year the Studio theatre was graced with the presence of stage and screen actor Timothy West. And in years previous students have listened in awe to film and stage legends Kevin Spacey and Aland Rickman. Third year drama student and president of The Student Workshop, Adam Penny said: “‘In The Spotlight’ is a brilliant initiative that students at this stage in their career truly appreciate and gain huge inspiration from the speakers we have managed to attract.”
Whilst the drama students at Royal Holloway begin to digest the inspiration and laughter brought to them by Djalili, they will also be hugely anticipating who The Student Workshop will be able to attract next.