Danny – Supported Artist
I started with Face Front approximately 16 years ago – I’m 27 now!
This Year (2017) I’ve been involved with ‘The Originators’, ‘Sandwich Man – The Musical’, ‘The World Is A Slice Of Life’ and have worked with the DDM, InterACTion and Broken Silence Groups.
How did you find out about Face Front Inclusive Theatre?
When I was younger, I was always interested in music and drama. Face Front ran Saturday morning workshops and I became involved. The first performance I did was a Summer Event in the middle of the shopping centre with the Face Front resident Youth Group.
What Face Front Projects have you been involved in?
I’ve worked with many groups and on lots of productions with Face Front. On some of the projects I assist the main Facilitator by planning and leading sections of the workshop. Often I have responsibility for the entire session. I really enjoy helping and supporting the participants so they are comfortable, confident and that they get as much as possible out of their drama session.
I have also had opportunities to be part of the team on events and showcases. I’ve enjoyed working with many of the professional actors when the projects have toured to primary and secondary schools. It was inspiring to have been part of the ‘Whisper Me Happy Ever After’ project. This has definitely been one of main highlights, so far, in my career.
Our recent production ‘The Originators’ was a blend of many disciplines, acting, movement, singing and dance. We tackled themes including immigration, isolation, social inclusion, coming of age and hope. I was cast in several roles for the show and I really enjoyed playing one of the main parts which meant I could meet and greet the audience and interact with them throughout the performance.
How has being a Supported Artist helped you develop?
As a Supported Artist I have been given the opportunity to build my social and theatre skills. I have definitely grown in confidence to been able to further my own career and try new avenues. Being a Supported Artist has helped me to realise my possible potential and given me a bigger outlook to what I can possibly achieve. Performing brings responsibility and hard work but I would say it is most definitely worth it because this is my passion.
And what are doing now?
I am continuing with Broken Silence, DDM and InterACTion weekly groups.
What would you like to do in the future?
Study and obtain qualification in Dance at a Performing Arts College.