Peter and his two passions
Peter Grimwood (14) talks about the two contrasting passions in his life - rugby and drama.
"I am an average 14 year old boy. I enjoy playing rugby, karting and hanging out with my mates. But there is one thing that sets me apart from them. One thing they can't understand. More than anything, I love acting.
I love the adrenaline of performing in front of hundreds of people. For me, acting is the ultimate high.
It has its downs though. I get a lot of stick for doing drama. People think drama is for 'poofs'. Well personally, I think it beats scoring a try or making a tackle and, in a way, drama is more about being part of a team than any sport. Each and every person on stage, no matter how small their part, has to give it everything they've got or the show will flop. The people I do drama with have become my extended family.
Of course, it's not all plain sailing. Coming up to a show, there are rehearsals almost every day, sometimes dragging on for over nine hours! But never in four years of acting have I wanted to quit. When the curtain opens on the night of the show, it makes it all worthwhile.
The most work I've ever put into a show was when I played Bugsy Malone. Pages and pages to learn...numerous rehearsals to attend...but for me, none of it was work. I loved every minute of it!
Before I went onto stage, my hands were trembling, my stomach churning. The atmosphere was intense. I stepped, blinking into the powerful spotlights. Apprehensively, I opened my mouth to speak and I became Bugsy Malone.
Before I knew it, the show was over. I took my bow and swaggered off stage, grinning from ear to ear, to a thunderous applause!
When I think about it, I don't really care what people say about me doing drama. It has provided me with some of the happiest days of my life. It's my therapy. Without drama, I would be lost!"