Thursday, January 28, 2021

‘One to One’

28 January 2021

Rosie Millard’s BBC Radio 4 series ‘One to One’ consists of 15-minute interviews with a range of people who are trying to break into the big-time of the creative arts – their dream of success and what it means to them. This week’s episode featured Ben Hopwood who has found fulfilment as an amateur actor with Leeds Arts Centre and talks about the advantages of pursuing your ambitions in amateur rather than professional theatre. It was particularly good to hear about Ben’s experience of acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2016 in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play for the Nation' (reviewed here in May 2016). This was the RSC’s touring production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy which visited 14 theatres across the UK as a co-production with 14 amateur theatre companies who provided local actors in each location to play the rude mechanicals – and marked the culmination of the Open Stages programme originally developed by Voluntary Arts and the RSC in 2009. You can listen to Ben Hopwood’s story (and the other episodes in the ‘One to One’ series) at:



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