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Keziah Joseph – Actress

Actress Keziah Joseph is starring in the role of Mowgli in the new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic The Jungle Book which takes place at the Liverpool Playhouse from 13 – 17 February.

Keziah trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and made her professional theatre debut in Sandi Toksvig’s Silver Lining (2017).

In her final year, she was nominated for The Spotlight Graduate prize, was the recipient of The Carlton Hobbs Bursary Award in 2016, and also landed the role of Dorothy in the long running British radio soap opera The Archers, as well as the part of Uche in a BFI sponsored short film entitled Hush.

The Jungle Book, is loved as a wild and fun tale of family, belonging and identity. And now it comes to life in a brand new show packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling.

Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heart-warming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle.

My School:
Montpelier Primary School and then Twyford C of E High School

My Favourite Teacher:
I had two really – Mrs Moore and Ms Flinders

My Favourite Subject at School:
Drama, perhaps for obvious reasons, I enjoyed engaging my imagination and analysing and making sense of scripts. Also English literature for very similar reasons and I loved reading fiction and creative writing. Finally art, I always loved drawing especially portraits and it was fun.

Were you streetwise or a bit of a geek?
I guess more geek than street. The official name I was called was ‘boffin’ but that became a cool thing to be in Year 11 when GCSEs were upon us!

My Favourite Childhood Singer/Band:
Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu. I developed a personal taste in music quite late but these were the first two artists I remember being introduced to by my best friend at the time that I felt ‘yeah I really like that’. Before that my musical taste was definitely influenced by my dad with Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Chaka Khan, so I can’t really complain!

My Favourite Extra-Curricular Activity:
Was definitely cross country and football in childhood.

Do you remember your first school crush?
Ethan Delaney I think, but he left quite early on and Gethin Jones took his place!

My Favourite Book:
Noughts & Crosses by Malorie Blackman and Children of the Dust by Louise Lawrence

School Dinners:
I used to enjoy them because they were often warm, still something I prefer for lunch, hot meals over sandwiches.

My Ambitions at School:
To write lots of stories and be the next Macaulay Culkin or just a spy!

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