Drama school success for Lasswade pupil

Lasswade P7 pupil Sheridan Comnene with his drama school teacher Kirsten McCrossan
Lasswade P7 pupil Sheridan Comnene with his drama school teacher Kirsten McCrossan

An aspiring young actor from Bonnyrigg recently took to the stage in an internationally acclaimed theatre production at the Edinburgh Festival.

Love Drama school student Sheridan Comnene(11) appeared in theatre company Vanishing Point’s Tomorrow, a piece that explored what it is like to be disorientated by old age and some of the conditions that go with it is. The show earned rave reviews and was featured in the Made in Scotland showcase at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

Love Drama director Kirsten McCrossan was proud that one of her Lasswade pupils was in such a big production at such a young age.

She said: “We offer classes in schools and have done at Lasswade Primary for four years now.

“Sheridan has been with us since P3, the entire time we have been here.

“The show he was in was massive. Just absolutely brilliant reviews.

“Sheridan went to Glasgow for the rehearsals and then took part in the entire run at the Fringe.

“It’s a lot of hard work for anyone, never mind a primary school pupil.

“But he did brilliantly, and he told me that it was just a really great experience.

“I’m very, very proud of him. It’s a really big deal.

“I think more in terms of the experience that the children are having learning how a professional theatre company works, you can’t beat it.

“I know the cast were very welcoming and that will have helped Sheridan.”

Kirsten was just delighted to see her pupil on the big stage: “I went to see the show. He was very professional.

“He obviously took direction very well and it was wonderful to see him in such a great production.”

Kirsten’s pupil loved his time working on the Fringe production, which ran at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh from August 11-30.

Sheridan, from Bonnyrigg, thanked Kirsten and her drama school.

He said: “I thought it was great. The best thing about it was meeting so many new people. Lots of people my age.

“I would love to become an actor when I’m older. So this has helped a lot.

“Just the acting, being on stage, getting used to stage fright. I liked meeting the other actors as I learnt so much from them.

“I owe a lot to Kirsten and the drama school. It is why have got so far in acting. They have taught me a lot.”