Name to watch - Young actor Elliott Reeves-Giblin, currently training at the Guildford School of Acting, is this year's recipient of the Sir Alec Guinness Memorial Award. The presentation was made on Wednesday at the CAA (Club for Acts and Actors) in Covent Garden at the end of the Annual Students' evening, hosted by CaAPA (Catholic Association of Performing Arts). Ilse-Lee van Niekerk from GSE accepted the award from actress Jean Rogers on behalf of Elliott.
Originally from Liverpool, Elliott said he first went into acting as a child, in an effort to overcome his shyness. "Even now, I'm constantly amazed by the power of theatre, either by giving a voice to those who have none, or giving an eleven year old boy the belief that if he speaks people will listen," he told ICN.
In Liverpool, Elliott set up his own theatre company which drew upon working class actors, designers and directors across the North-West. Their first show was put on at the Liverpool Everyman in 2015 to sell out crowds.
In 2016 Elliott began training at the Guildford School of Acting on the BA Acting course. Now in his third year, he is currently performing in Andorra by Max Frisch playing one of the lead characters of 'Caan'. The play deals with Anti-Semitism and the rise of fascism in Europe. His character is an alcoholic teacher who feels great shame for deceiving everyone into believing that his son was a Jewish baby he saved years ago.
Previously at GSA, Elliott has played Richard III, as well as antagonist, Charrington, in an adaptation of George Orwell's 1984. He says: "Moving forward, I would love to expand my theatre company, and a personal dream of mine would be to play Henry V at The Globe."
Elliott sent the following short thank you letter to CaAPA:
I would first like to thank the administrators of the Sir Alec Guinness Award from the bottom of my heart. I never thought for one moment that I would be fortunate enough to be the recipient of such an honour, and as I write this, I am doing cartwheels around my bedroom!
Secondly, I must apologise for my absence at the event on Wednesday 06 March. I am currently in tech for my final show at GSA; Andorra by Max Frisch and was rehearsing til late. However, I am glad my fellow student Ilse-Lee was on hand to accept the award on my behalf.
As I previously mentioned in my application, I hope to expand my theatre company to provide that same escapism theatre gave for me all those years ago. I plan to create vibrant relevant work with likeminded individuals, and hopefully inspire the next generation of performers to believe that they too can be heard. It is my sincerest wish that the Sir Alec Guinness Award will not only benefit myself, but many others too.
I would once again like to say a massive thank you to you all at CaPA, not only for the award itself, but for your belief in me, and I can promise you that I will not let you down.
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