Star of stage and screen, Layton Williams, visited us on Monday 11th December to talk about his life and career to Year 10 students currently undertaking the Global Perspectives course.
Layton, who this year and next is on tour in the musical Hairspray, playing lead role Seaweed, has already had an illustrious career in the business. Whilst still at school he beat thousands of other hopefuls to play the title role in the West-End production of Billy Elliot, and notably he was the first black actor to take the role. From Billy he went on to play a young Michael Jackson in Thriller Live, after which he joined Sir Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures dance company taking title roles in Lord of the Flies and Car Man. He is well known for playing Steven in the BBC television programme Bad Education and has recently played Angel in the national tour of Rent.
Layton spoke to Year 10 about the audition process, rejection, resilience, his inspirations, and the requirement for discipline, focus and good old fashioned hard work, if you’re to make a success of being a professional performer. Following his talk, a group of girls were treated to a Hairspray themed dance workshop, during which Layton demonstrated his considerable talents and the students (and Miss Khosla!) were put through their dance paces. Year 10 were evidently utterly inspired by Layton, we hope to have him back soon!
Mr Whyld, Drama Teacher