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What were you doing before you came to LAMDA?
I applied to LAMDA three times before I got in! I was shortlisted on my second application and offered a place on my third. Between leaving school and starting at LAMDA I spent a couple of years working and travelling and, in retrospect, I’m really glad I had this time out. It meant that when I did begin my training at LAMDA, I felt really ready for it.
Why did you decide to apply to LAMDA?
I did LAMDA exams as a kid so it was always on my radar as a school with an amazing reputation. When I came to audition here it had a really nice feel about it; a lack of pretentiousness. The year I got into LAMDA I got offers from a couple of other schools too but I knew straight away that LAMDA was the one for me.
What’s the best thing about studying at LAMDA?
The sheer mass of experience that you get! You may come to LAMDA with certain notions of why you want to be an actor and what that means, but your ideas of acting and the world are challenged and tested from day one. You’re given so much space to play and to get things wrong and to learn.
What did you look forward to the most in a week at LAMDA?
There are things I had a chance to do at LAMDA that I know I’ll probably never get to do again! Things like mask class, clowning, movement, physical theatre. That kind of work gave me a really in-depth knowledge of the tools of the acting trade – it’s the type of learning that is rare but so important.
Do you live in London or at home?
I’m from Buckinghamshire but I live in London.
How has living where you do affected your experience of training at LAMDA?
I literally met a group of my classmates for the first time at our induction day and we got on so well we decided to find a house together! Living with people that are doing the course was great, but very intense. You have to remember to talk about other things outside of LAMDA and your training!
Tell us about a time at LAMDA that you’ll never forget.
The opening night of the first play I was in in my final year. All the training and work we had done over the past two years led to this one night. Somehow it all slotted into place. It was just easy and fun and exactly what it should be.
What will you do after graduation?
I’ve signed with a lovely agent and go straight into rehearsals for a play that I’ve been cast in; The Wipers Times at The Watermill, Newbury. The show opens in late September for a one month run, followed by three weeks on tour.
Do you think your training at LAMDA has prepared you for a career in the industry? If so, how?
LAMDA gives you a massive head start with the preparation they give you for life after drama school. They do all they can to prepare you for the industry while acknowledging that the journey is going to be different for everybody. You’re able to just enjoy the fun bits and stop worrying about the rest.
Describe your time at LAMDA in three words.
Mad. Illuminating. Joyous.
Peter graduated in 2016.