Whispers from the Wings

A cacophony of colours

October 18, 2012

Hull school hallHull = perfect. The school, the students, the theatre, the people. But more importantly, the place itself.

What I was truly amazed at was the multicultural element to Hull city and how well people integrated with one another.

It is something that I am most proud of with the YPS shows. Each one that I have been lucky enough to be in, I have seen a cacophony of colours both on stage and in the audiences. It is something that makes me proud to be a part of, like our ever changing society we represent the different cultures and backgrounds in these shows, just like we see in our audiences and different city's that we visit.

More importantly the fact that the Gloucester family is made up of Tyrone, Ben and myself never confuses the young audience we encounter. Why? Because they are not tainted by society's misconception of what a family should look like on stage.

For one of the first times in my career I have not felt like an 'Asian actor'. For the first time I have felt like an 'actor' where the colour of my skin does not matter and it's a shame I only realised this in Hull.

So thank you to the sea of cultures I see in the audiences that make me proud to be in this company. In the words of the great man himself: 'If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die?'

by Dharmesh Patel  |  No comments yet

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