On Wednesday, the 4th of April 2018, starting at 13:30 at the Michael Stern All-purpose Hall, Karen Attenborough alongside her husband Michael Attenborough conducted an actor’s workshop. This workshop was to help provide guidance for those students aspiring to pursue a career in Acting.
The relationship between the Attenborough’s and Waterford started a long time ago between husband and wife, Richard and Sheila Attenborough, who were benefactors of the school during its early days. When Richard and Sheila tragically lost their daughter, Jane Holland, in a tsunami in 2005 they funded the building of the Arts Centre and the Centre for Creative Learning Drama in memory of their daughter. Now, Michael is Jane’s brother, and Richard and Sheila’s son.
Karen is an actress in a Shakespearian troop in London and her husband Michael is a very influential film and theatre producer in London. During the workshop, Karen conducted a lot of warm-up exercises that help actors especially in theatre and troop before shows. They were mostly about the voice; breathing warm-ups and pronunciation. These lasted for about an hour. The couple then gave advice on what it takes to make it in this industry. The group of students that attended this workshop were very eager with questions after the workshops and the talks. Emma Pecqueux (IB 2 student) said, “The workshop was really helpful, I enjoyed them and Mr and Mrs Attenborough are very nice people.”
N.B Article and picture by: Joy Mahlalela (IB1)