LOCAL ACTOR SAMUEL FREEMAN RETURNS TO THE TORCH STAGE
We know you hail from Milford Haven, tell us a bit about your life story and why you chose a career in acting?
Performing arts was always my favourite thing growing up, whether that was music or acting. I had a lot of great friends, family and teachers who helped support and nurture my love for acting and helped me realise it could be my job.
You were a part of the Torch Youth Theatre (YT) when you were younger. What did you get out of this? What did being a member of the YT mean to you?
I got great opportunities at the Torch Theatre, including two summers working on fantastic in-house productions. I developed my acting skills with a focus on reflecting how the job works in the industry. Also what was so important at that age was the confidence and social skills it gave me. Those years at the Torch Theatre were very informative for me.
Some people might think that acting isn’t for them even though they’d love to have a go. What advice might you give them?
The arts are for everybody, and I think everyone should feel entitled to express themselves creatively. Acting was that for me. If you enjoy something, you should pursue it. Whether it is a career or a hobby, the world is richer for the things we make.
What’s your most memorable appearance on stage and why?
I don’t think I could ever forget the time I fell off the back of the stage, taking a whole glass cake stand with me, shattering it to pieces. Don’t walk and talk at the same time people!
What are you plans for the next six months? A little bird tells us you’ll be performing at the Torch Theatre, not once, but twice. Tell us more!
Your little bird is well informed. After The Jabberwocky tour, I’ll be returning to the Torch later in the year. I’m very excited for this one. I’ll be practicing my roar all summer!
And that brings us on to the Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense! This show sounds amazing and a lot of fun – what character are you playing and what’s it about?
The whole cast has a lot of characters to play, so there will be lots of super fun multi rolling moments including many of the best residents of Wonderland. But who, oh who, will be the Jabberwock? I wonder…
Our play is based on the famous poem from Alice Through the Looking Glass. Our hero George has been sent on a rock and roll quest to find and slay the Jabberwock. Along the way, they meet all sorts of hilarious nonsense characters from the mind of Lewis Carroll. Will George find the beast? Are they the monster they’re said to be? And what really makes a hero? Come along and find out!
How do you learn your script? You’ve so many lines to remember!
Repetition, repetition, repetition and did I say…repetition?
What’s the best part about the Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense?
I may be biased but Calf2Cow shows are always full of foot stomping rock and roll music that you’ll be humming all the way home. This year’s music is written myself and I can’t wait to share it!
Do you enjoy performing at the Torch (we hope you do!), and why?
1000%. Performing on the Torch stage had been on my bucket list since I began my professional career. This was the stage I saw all of my favourite shows growing up. It’s what I aspired for and I have never been more grateful than when I could give back to the institution that has always been a big part of my life.
Why should people come to the Torch to see Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense?
This really is a show for the whole family. The best feedback that Calf2Cow always get is that parents and teenage audiences never expect to enjoy it just as much as they do. And the Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense is no exception. More laughs, songs and bonkers moments than ever before!
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