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Grantham actor needs your support for Edinburgh Festival bid

By Tim Coulson

John Skerritt EMN-151007-145624001
John Skerritt EMN-151007-145624001

Young performer, John Skerritt, 22, needs your support to take up two acting roles at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival this August.

The budding actor has been cast in plays being taken to the renowned arts festival, but the project can only go ahead with donations from the public.

John Skerritt in GDS's Blackadder Goes Forth
John Skerritt in GDS's Blackadder Goes Forth

John, who lives in Grantham, attended the King’s School before taking up a place at Loughborough University to study drama with English. John graduated just last year, but the dynamic actor has already secured dual performing roles at the Edinburgh Festival in Alan Ayckbourn’s ‘The Norman Conquests’ and new play ‘Dolphin Hotel’.

The productions are being put on by Thread Theatre company, a theatre company founded by fellow young actors.

A familiar face on the local performing arts scene, John has been a member of St Peter’s Hill Players and Grantham Dramatic Society when he first caught the acting bug. He said: “I’m nervous about appearing in two shows side-by-side but I’m flattered to have been asked to do it.

“The new piece, ‘Dolphin Hotel’, is quite dark whilst with ‘The Norman Conquests’ I’m in my element in a comic role.”

John was more recently seen in Grantham Dramatic Society’s award-nominated production of ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ last year.

“I hope to work as a professional actor,” continued John. “The increased exposure of being at the festival will be good for the whole company, and for my future. The experience will be invaluable and there is always the chance of being spotted.”

Thread Theatre’s artistic director, Samantha O’Rourke said: “We got good reviews when we went to the festival last year, so this year we want to build on that. We are taking more ambitious productions and putting on more performances.

“It’s a big project to get to Edinburgh, and it costs a lot of money. We already have some funding in place but supporting us via our crowdfunding campaign is vital to get us there. Everybody in the production is volunteering their time and talent, so any support will make a real difference.”

To support John and the team visit the fundraising page.


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