Undergraduates auditioned by West End actor

The Hugh Baird University Centre welcomed West End actor, Emmanuel Kojo when he agreed to be the guest panellist at their undergraduate auditions.

As well as appearing in West End productions of Show Boat and Kiss Me Kate, Emmanuel has recently been spotted with David Walliams as part of ‘Ill Prima Donna’ in BBC’s new comedy sketch show Walliams and Friend.

Taking time out of his busy schedule, Emmanuel joined the panel at the university centre to help mark and critique the performances given by undergraduates as part of their final exams.

The students are all working towards the BA (Hons) Top Up in creating performance, which is validated by the University of Central Lancashire, and the auditions will contribute towards the final marks for their degree.

The undergraduates presented three audition pieces each, with performances including scenes from Pitchfork Disney, The Tempest and After Juliet.

The day was brought to a close with a question and answer session allowing the undergraduates to find out more about Emmanuel’s journey into musical theatre and to ask for advice as they start out on their own careers.

Emmanuel said: “When I was invited to be on the panel for these auditions I had no hesitation in saying yes.

“I’ve been where these students are and I know how important it is to be able to learn from people already in the business.

“For me, it’s a chance to give something back and help other young actors.
“The auditions have been amazing and it’s very clear to see how much passion these students have for the industry. I’ll look forward to watching their careers unfold.”

Undergraduate, Chloe Robinson said afterwards: “I am really grateful to Emmanuel for taking an interest in us and speaking honestly about his own experience of auditions and the parts he has played. The day has been truly inspiring.”

Lecturer in creating performance at the Hugh Baird University Centre, Faye McGuire, said:  “We are thrilled that Emmanuel has given his time to be on the panel today.  It has been a fantastic opportunity for the students to be critiqued by someone already making a name in the industry.

“Having Emmanuel share his experience with them has given a valuable insight into the highs and lows they can expect when they graduate next year.”

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