NK Theatre Arts Patron Will Mellor paid a visit to budding performers at The Forum Theatre this week to talk about his career on stage and screen as he returned to his home town of Stockport on a fleeting visit after filming for the second series of No Offense which returns to our TV screens next year.

“I remember how it all began for me on this very stage in Romiley when I came to audition for a part in The Nutcracker when I was about 10 or 11” he told members of the company.  There was nothing like NK when I was growing up to join and do performing arts regularly, so it was difficult for me, someone who had no training, just a kid from Werneth who couldn’t afford to go to a drama school to become an actor, but I knew it was something I was desperate to do.  My only advice to these kids is follow your dream, do what you enjoy and don’t let anyone discourage you from what you want to do with your life.  That may be performing it may be becoming a teacher, whatever it is, just go for it.  I have been so lucky to have been able to call myself an actor for 25 years and it is fantastic to see so many young people with a passion for Performing Arts coming here week in week out to do singing, dancing and acting.  The work that NK does with so many kids in the community is fantastic, it doesn’t matter where you are from, what your background is, you can come and take part in workshops and shows and have a brilliant time and that’s what it’s all about”.
NK’s Artistic Director Kerry Day was delighted that Will was able to pay a visit:
It was fantastic for the kids to just be able to listen to Will’s story, ask questions and just chat with someone who they have seen on their TV screens just be so down to earth and straight with them all and he was happy to pose for selfies and answer all manner of questions that our members were asking.  He was so encouraging to them and watched a rehearsal for Punk Rock which our older members are performing, and could offer some tips and advice about how he prepares for performances and auditions which I know they all found useful.  It was great for Will to give his time and we are delighted he is such a great supporter of what we do at NK

You can see pictures of Will's visit on the NK Gallery Page.

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