Katzenmusik at the Royal Court

The Royal Court Theatre is one of the most famous and critically acclaimed theatres in the country. Being a new writers theatre, the large majority of the plays put on are original and politically relevant. It has held the work of writers including Sarah Kane, Martin McDonagh and Jez Butterworth with his iconic play Jerusalem and, most recently, The Ferryman, directed by acclaimed Director, Sam Mendes.

Drew Royal CourtEarlier in the year, Phoenix Student, Joseph Vaiana and, Ex-Phoenix Student, Drew Gregg successfully auditioned to be part the Royal Court’s Youth Company, which meant that from April 2017 they would develop and rehearse a brand new original play called Katzenmusik, written by up-and-coming playwright Tom Fowler. Drew and Joe have both appeared in multiple Phoenix Productions including, most recently, Cinderella and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, so it was great to see them perform in such a prestigious place.


Drew and Joe both had significant parts in Katzenmusik, amongst a cast of 25 actors aged 14 – 20, their parts allowing them to showcase the range of their acting abilities. The play explored the effects of government and council neglect on working class towns and the feeling of anger that is left in the inhabitants of such towns. The narrative, told in reverse, was a relevant reflection of the turmoil society currently appears to be in and it was interesting to see the story told by a young generation.

Joe Royal CourtIt is always good to see Phoenix students, current and previous, continue to try and further their career in theatre and both Drew and Joe are both active in pursuing this.

Joe is now performing from 6th – 9th September in the National Youth Theatre’s 50 strong cast production of the 1970’s play Zigger Zagger at Wilton’s Music Hall, the largest music hall in the country and both Drew and Joe are auditioning for RADA’s Youth Company in the upcoming week.

Good luck to both of them!


Photo Credit: Khayam Shah

Monologue Masterclass from former Phoenix Student

Theo with the Senior Students

Sixteen Phoenix Youth Theatre senior students were lucky to attend a 3 hour monologue Masterclass by former student Theo Ancient recently, who coached them in monologue delivery with a particular emphasis on auditions for Drama School. Theo is more than qualified to run such sessions considering that after graduating from Phoenix he gained a place at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and has recently been cast as Albus Potter in the Olivier Award winning west end production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Theo, 24, gained a place at the UK’s top drama academy after 3 years of auditioning for various schools. His was cast in the role of Albus Potter as his three-year training concluded and took over the role on 24th May.Theo in his Phoenix Theatre School Days

The students, who had all prepared their own choice of monologue in the weeks preceding the masterclass were given a range of tips from mental preparation to delivery. Perhaps though, the most enlightening part of the evening was just being able to meet a former student who just a few years ago was very much the same as them – a young committed performer with aspirations to become a professional actor.

Phoenix Director Phil Dale said “It was a fantastic opportunity for the students to meet someone who has been through what can be a very daunting process and proved that with hard work and dedication, we can all achieve our aims. Theo was always a hugely committed student who has stayed dedicated to his craft as an artist and refused to give up. The whole evening was really inspirational and it was great for Theo to give up his time to come back and share what he has learnt with the next generation of future performers.”

Theo attended classes at Phoenix for several years, appearing in various showcases and productions. He is pictured above in 2008.

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