Corin is performing in Henry VI: Rebellion as part of Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre Shakespeare Nation group. Corin lives and breathes theatre, working as an actor, front of house at the Alhambra and co-running a production company. When he’s not rebelling, he also enjoys watching Bradford Bulls Rugby League.

My name is Corin and I'm proud to be in the cast of the RSC's production of Henry VI: Rebellion. I am extremely passionate about theatre and I am very lucky that all my jobs revolve around theatre from working as an actor, front of house at the Alhambra Theatre and co-running Inner Triangle Productions with my friends Gina and Bradley who are also in the cast of Rebellion

I got involved with Rebellion as I am part of the RSC's Shakespeare Nation Project.

Throughout lockdown via Zoom and then post lockdown in person, we rehearsed our very own version of The Comedy of Errors, which we called A Drop in the Ocean, which was performed at the Alhambra Theatres studio space.

During this process, our director, Julia O'Keeffe, mentioned that the RSC wanted to cast some of us in Rebellion. I instantly became excited at the thought of performing on the stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in front of over 1,000 Shakespeare lovers and following in the footsteps of some of the world's leading actors. What more could you ask for?

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I was incredibly lucky to be selected as part of the Bradford group, and my experience in Stratford actually begins on my birthday. What an amazing birthday present!

The experience so far has been nothing short of phenomenal from day one. Getting to work with some incredible people who are the best at what they do.

Working with Julia and Aaron Parsons on the direction of our scenes has been incredible. Working with voice coach Gary Horner has been an amazing experience. I have learnt so much. Voice work has always been something I have struggled with, but through the techniques Gary has shown us, I have a greater understanding of what my body needs to do to create an amazing sound. I use some of the techniques daily as my front of house job requires a lot of talking.

The weekly live webinars with Aaron and members of the cast and creatives have been so insightful. Everyone has been full of knowledge that has been passed on to us. As well as working with these experts in their field, I have also made some great friends through this experience that I'm sure will be friends for life, and I have also become closer to the people that I knew before Rebellion.

Rebellion has already made a huge impact on my life. I have gained a confidence that I didn’t have before that runs throughout all aspects of my life, both personally and professionally. I have really enjoyed every aspect of the process so far, and the best is yet to come. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this amazing journey, and I’m so looking forward to travelling from Bradford to the birthplace of Shakespeare and being on stage at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.


Shakespeare Nation and the Rebels

Seventy-four adults from Blackpool, Bradford, Canterbury, Cornwall, Norwich and Nottingham, appear alongside the professional cast in our show Henry VI: Rebellion. They are part of Shakespeare Nation, our community participation programme run with our partner theatres, aimed at people with little or no experience of Shakespeare, either as a theatre-goer or performer. They play the roles of working people who take part in the rebellion led by the character of Jack Cade against Henry VI, and townsfolk when the king is out hunting.

The Shakespeare Nation adult engagement work is generously supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

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