This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
AU
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Australia version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions >  Latest Articles > Drama and me: Tom Turner

Drama and me: Tom Turner
Teaching Drama

Drama and me: Tom Turner

Posted Tuesday, 13 December 2016   |   1813 views   |   Trade & Professional   |   Comments (0) RSC’s The Tempest actor Tom Turner speaks to TD about his drama education.

What is your occupation?

I’m an actor, which feels great to say; I’ve had so many odd jobs over the years since I left drama school that sometimes I questioned whether I really was an actor or not. I’m also part of a comedy troupe called The Grandees. We’ve written our own short plays and stories and taken them to the Edinburgh Festival every year since 2008 – it keeps the creative juices flowing and it’s great to create your own work and present it to people and the industry. I also do voiceovers, which is very nice work.

 

Where did you study/train?

I studied at Webber Douglas Drama School which is sadly no more – it merged with Central School about 10 years ago. I attended at the age of 18, straight from school, so I was out into the profession at 21. Things didn’t start happening for me for a long time, so you do need plenty of practice and a lot of tenacity – and talent, of course.

 

Proudest moment?

I have three. The first was receiving a standing ovation for The Grandees’ 2013 show The Wrong Side of the Door in Edinburgh. It’s a great feeling to know you’ve created something that’s given people pleasure. The second moment was playing Valentine in Love for Love at the Royal Shakespeare Company last year. We performed in the Swan, which is just the most beautiful theatre, and  Selina Cadell directed. My third proudest moment was working on a Steven Spielberg movie this year – which was directed by the man himself. He shook my hand when we wrapped and said to me, ‘You’re a good actor.’ I could have happily dropped dead there and then!

 

What are you working on now?

The Tempest at the RSC. It promises to be a magical production with a mixture of classic Victorian magic tricks, great actors and state of the art technology by Intel and Imaginarium.

 

What did you think of your drama lessons at secondary school?

Second to none. If it weren’t for my teacher John Marston, I wouldn’t be an actor today. He inspired a lot of us with his choices for school plays (Heartbreak House, Privates on Parade, Cabaret) and his help prepping auditions for drama school. It’s total pot luck which teacher you get, and yet it’s so important. We all know that if you have a rotten teacher, you’re unlikely to enjoy the subject. Luckily I had a great one, and it’s how it all started for me.

 

What was the last production you saw?

The Dresser, which was fantastic. Selina Cadell is in it so a group of us from Love for Love went along to see it. The performances were wonderful. I actually did my audition speech for drama school with Norman’s closing lines, so it was great to see it performed. Aside from seeing it on screen, I’d never seen the play.

 

Who has been your greatest inspiration?

Too many to mention! My father, John Cleese, Jack Nicholson, Alec Guinness …

 

What would you say to a student considering a career in drama?

It’s a very tough road so be sure you want to travel down it before you set off. The rejections can be very dampening to the spirits so it helps to have a thick skin – and if you haven’t got one, I recommend developing one fast. Do it because you have to, not just because you want to. It’s an overcrowded profession and you’ll need to stick at it before you actually get anywhere – unless of course you’re extremely lucky. And never let anyone put you off; if it’s your dream, go for it.

 

The Tempest promises to be a magical production with a mixture of classic Victorian magic tricks, great actors and state of the art technology by Intel and Imaginarium

 

 

Tom Turner is currently working on The Tempest for the RSC, in collaboration with Intel. Booking is open from 8 November to 21 January 2017. The production features motion-capture, like that used to create Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films, but achieved for the first time live on stage. It will air in cinemas from 11 January. Further information and tickets can be found at www.rsc.org.uk/the-tempest

For more great articles like this get the Spring 1 - 2016/17 issue of Teaching Drama below or subscribe and save.

Single Issue - Autumn 2 - 2018/2019 Replica Edition included
$4.99
Or 499 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only $ 2.33 per issue
SAVE
53%
$13.99
Or 1399 points

View Issues

About Teaching Drama

Your spotlight on drama education. Teaching Drama magazine is the ultimate resource for any theatre practitioner or teacher, offering features, practical advice and tips, lesson material, product and performance reviews, news and more.

More great content like this...

For more great articles like this subscribe to Teaching Drama today.

Most read articles this month


THE U-BOAT COAST

THE U-BOAT COAST

The WW1 U-boats at Pendennis have been dived for many years, by many people. The site is probably the second most popular shore-dive in Cornwall. Thousands of trainees did their first open-water dives there, most seeing the remains of one or two of the U-boats. Not sure what to write into their log-books, other than 'Silver Steps’ or ‘Pendennis’, what were these subs? MARK MILBURN investigates, and believes he can now paint a clearer picture of what lies where and why More...
The 5 Best Fishing Magazines

The 5 Best Fishing Magazines

Avid fisher? Or simply passionate about the pastime? Feed your fishing thrills with our 5 best fishing magazines from Pocketmags and cast your line with confidence today! More...
The 5 Best Aviation Magazines

The 5 Best Aviation Magazines

Get ready to take your knowledge of aviation to new heights with our carefully curated list of aviation digital magazines. More...
A Review of Dazed Magazine by Pocketmags

A Review of Dazed Magazine by Pocketmags

It is not about the latest ‘it’ bag or must-have accessory of the season, it is not about which celebrity was the best-dressed at last week’s awards ceremony or who has committed a serious fashion faux-pas. It is fully about redefining the status quo and challenging our conception of beauty - it is the one and the only Dazed magazine. More...
The 5 Best Scale Modelling Magazines

The 5 Best Scale Modelling Magazines

Start creating your very own miniature world today with one of our 5 best scale modelling magazines! More...
The 5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Magazines

The 5 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Magazines

Inspire your meat-free lifestyle with our 5 best vegan and vegetarian digital magazines! More...
The 5 Best Baking Magazines

The 5 Best Baking Magazines

Passionate baker or dessert lover, here at Pocketmags there’s a digital magazine to make all your sweet dreams come true! More...
The 5 Best Healthy Food Magazines

The 5 Best Healthy Food Magazines

Health crazes are more seeming than ever; a major craze embracing the scene on the regular. We have the 5 best healthy food magazines to leave you feeling positive and vitalised. More...
The 5 Best Music Magazines

The 5 Best Music Magazines

Whether you’re an active listener, player or can get up and boogie to your favourite jam, here at Pocketmags, we have the 5 best music magazines to keep the beat alive in you all year round. More...
DIVING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

DIVING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

A manta ray called Mathilde was just one big reason why SIMON MORLEY will never forget his recent trip to Socorro, San Benedicto and Roca Partida – the main Revillagigedo islands More...
Vouchers Gift Cards A magazine subscription is the perfect gift but you'll need something to show on the big day. View All
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points