With the company now in rehearsals, we interview the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School actors cast to play alongside theatre professionals, Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh in Julius Caesar.
Here we get to know Afolabi, one of the Theatre School’s talented rising stars.
BOVTS: Sam Craig/Si Crowell in Our Town (Circomedia), Robert Sideway in Our Country’s Good,Torvald Helmer in A Doll’s House Troilus in Troilus and Cressida, Horner in The Country Wife, Cecil in Vivat! Vivat Regina!, Gbatokai in Festen, Alan Strang in Equus.
Other: Hajj in Still Here (Edinburgh Fringe).
Pre BOVTS: Traveller in NYT Glasgow Commonwealth Games Village Welcome Ceremonies.
Where are you from and how did you get into acting?
I always did drama throughout school but it wasn’t until I joined the National Youth Theatre in my second year at university where I really started to take it seriously. I was lucky enough to be cast by the NYT as the male lead the Commonwealth games Village Welcome ceremonies. Then I following year I applied for drama school.
Who are you playing in Julius Caesar and what challenges have you faced in that role?
I’m playing Metellus Cimber. Building my character relationships with our modern context has been an interesting process.
What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School?
The training challenges you to always be inquisitive and make bold decisions.
How does it feel to be taking the Bristol Old Vic stage in your graduating show?
Amazing! It’s a real blessing to be in such a beautiful space.