Lace Market's bright young thing
Oliver Hollis has been acting at the Lace Market Theatre for just over a year. He's tipped for future success.
Oliver is making his final appearance at the Lace Market Theatre in Nottingham, starring as Fouquet in the Lace Market’s production of 'Power', before starting a course at the prestigious Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
He says that the Lace Market Theatre has contributed to his progression as an actor in the build up to going to theatre school.
"It is a laboratory for acting. You can experiment with different techniques and with the wealth of knowledge here you can learn a lot. There’s no arrogance, and people sharing their experiences is the most valuable thing."
The Lace Market Theatre has also helped to keep the ball rolling for him.
"As an actor it is also important to keep working, otherwise your skills start to fade."
Oliver in costume
Oliver did not consider going to theatre school until very recently.
"I did not plan to go or apply until March. I found out I had been accepted in June, so it was all very quick. Before I came to the Lace Market I was very focused on acting in films, but now I really enjoy acting in a theatre. It’s a creative thing to do."
When thinking about his role in ‘Power’, Oliver admits that approaching it is daunting.
"It’s scary and rewarding for many reasons: an excellent script, incredible use of language, a big and important part, but primarily because Fouquet is much older than me.
"Luckily I am working with a director who understands this and can help me appear older in my physicality and speech."
Although Oliver is an extremely talented actor, he is aware of the unpredictability of a career on the stage.
"Acting as a profession is by no means secure. It’s extremely chaotic. People at the Lace Market Theatre who have worked professionally have reiterated what I already knew, it is a tough career."
For those wishing to follow in Oliver’s footsteps, he has some sound advice.
Poster for 'Power'
"Do amateur theatre. If you are good you get the opportunity to play parts that you would never get to play. When Patrick Stewart was younger he was involved with six amateur theatres. He spent his whole time learning lines, and look where that has taken him."
‘Power’ is showing at the Lace Market Theatre from 17th - 22nd July 2006. For tickets contact the box office on 0115 9507201. For more information visit www.lacemarkettheatre.co.uk
last updated: 25/09/2008 at 08:38