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An Audience with Adam Search

The day finally came, he had arrived. We walked into the drama classroom in sheer suspense. Was he going to be pleasant? Mysterious-looking? A bit like Matt Smith? On Thursday 20th October, the Year 11 BTEC Performing Arts Class, Innovate Theatre had the pleasure of meeting Adam Search, a real West End actor from Liverpool, who played the role of Sammy in the hit musical Blood Brothers at the Birmingham Hippodrome in Autumn 2016. Adam has also been featured in Film and TV roles and worked with companies such as Coca-Cola, for one of their adverts, as a James Bond-inspired character that was shown on TVs across the UK. Fortunately, he took some time out of his busy schedule to come and speak to us about what it is to be an actor, and what he personally experienced through his education as well as his acting career.

As I had walked into the classroom, slightly damp from typical English weather, my peers and I had entered to see him, a very dark-haired, slim man, with a smile from ear to ear. He was described to be very smiley and energetic, which was interesting for some of us to see as on the previous Monday, 3 days before,  a part of our class as well as students from Years 9 and 10, went to the Hippodrome to see Blood Brothers with Adam in the role of Sammy, along with other stage actors such as Lyn Paul, who famously plays the difficult role of Mrs Johnstone. Sammy is known to be the evil older brother who ends up being one of the reasons why Mickey, one of the main characters, becomes clinically depressed.

He talks about how he learned to become an actor, through the questions we asked him (all jokes aside!) and we learned a lot about how he found acting and how he got into it and advice for those who would want to pursue acting as a career. He talked about previous shows and productions he has been part of, sometimes he thought that the script or the subject matter included was not very good, but he made the point that essentially, the writer has a vision that they want to express to the masses, and you have worked, auditioned and been selected by the author of that vision to be used as a tool to create and convey that vision.

He spoke a lot about being adjusted to failure. Acting is a very challenging, yet competitive job profession, yet can be very rewarding. He talks about the important thing being confident and strong-willed, knowing yourself and where your limits are, where you draw the line. Self-confidence is important as an actor because, in order for you to allow yourself to be someone else for an extended period of time, you need to be confident that you know what you’re doing and be able to show what you can do with that character.

He was asked a question about how he researched his character Sammy, and how he prepared his method in bringing the character of Sammy to life. He admitted that this musical that we went to see, did not have a lot of time to cast, produce and promote itself, so he did not have a lot of time to really prepare. He said that when he auditioned, he showed the casting staff what HIS version of Sammy was, not THE REAL Sammy character. And, of course, the casting loved it!

Overall, a lot of us learned a lot about how we can change our ideals about ourselves to become better actors, to be more susceptible to changing into characters who could be the complete opposite to what we are really like. The questions were insightful and interesting, some a little less insightful! But all in all, we had a great session with a great actor! (With great hair.)

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