Shelley Firth

Age: 27

What do you do?
I’m currently completing my teacher training as a secondary English teacher.

What shows/training did you take part in at Theatre Royal Wakefield and when?
I was involved with In on the Act from 2013 to 2016, taking part in performances including The Laramie Project, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Accrington Pals and Grimm Tales. I’m currently a participant on the Introduction to Directing course.

How did being involved with Theatre Royal Wakefield make a difference?
Working with In on the Act has been a wonderful experience, that’s why I kept coming back every year. Not only have I had the opportunity to work with experienced directors, many of the young performers I have met over the years have become close friends. Every week I looked forward to sessions it was a great opportunity to be creative with like minded people. Without In on the Act I would not have had the chance to take part in such a variety of different projects and shows.

I loved performing at Theatre Royal Wakefield and can say I have much more confidence in my acting abilities and myself because of the group. Through working with In on the Act, I am now taking part in Theatre Royal Wakefield’s Introduction to Directing course.

I have grown as a person because of this dedicated group of people. Because of their advice and encouragement, I have taking the plunge to become a teacher. The skills and experiences I’ve had with the theatre will help me to become a better, creative and expressive educator.

Top tip for our current participants?
Go with it! Enjoy it! The directors you work with are brilliant and creative people, so make sure you take the opportunity to try things out and take risks. Be ready to work hard and don’t forget to learn your lines!

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