Dalkeith pupil gets bitten by acting bug

Dalkeith High pupil David Robertson has been bitten by the acting bug after starring in an Edinburgh Fringe production.

The youngster, currently in S6, basked in the acclaim during the curtain call for Neverland, a theatre production based on J M Barrie’s famous play Peter Pan.

Playing the part of John Darling, the budding thespian had been put forward for the role by his drama teacher Stephen Ralph, who also directed the show.

David said: “It felt amazing – standing on the stage to a large audience. The buzz I felt was great.”

Asked to pick out a favourite moment from the production, he added: “I loved it all, especially when the audience cheered and applauded. That was the biggest compliment.”

On the back of that success, he then took a part in a project by the Royal Lyceum theatre company at Dalkeith Country Park, playing the flute in a unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He said of that performance: “I really enjoyed it, and I’m hoping to make acting my career.”