On Friday 22 February, OBM Sam Clemens returned to BMS to deliver a workshop titled ‘Acting for Radio and Voice-over’. He worked with a small group of students from Years 11 – 13, offering valuable advice from his experiences as a professional actor, writer and director.
The workshop included vocal warm ups, vocal techniques, characterisation through the use of voice and producing extracts from various short radio plays. The students finished the workshop by recording their pieces and then getting feedback from Sam.
Sam attended BMS between 1989 and 1998, and has since trained as an actor at The Drama Centre London, graduating in 2001. He has been in more than 40 plays, working for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), English Touring Theatre (ETT) and various repertory companies in the UK and abroad. He has also worked on TV, for the BBC and ITV, and appeared in numerous films. As well as an actor, he also writes, produces and directs professionally. He has made many short films, winning a string of awards and is developing two feature films this year.
Director of Performance Arts, Laura Coltman, commented: “This workshop was a wonderful experience for the students and it was great to see Sam return to BMS. They really benefited from his insights and will be able to utilise the hints and tips in their exams later this year.”