Students given a ‘masterclass’ by acclaimed TV and film star
ACCLAIMED Liverpool actor, director and writer David Morrissey visited Edge Hill to give students an insight into his varied career.
An honorary graduate of the Ormskirk university, Morrissey, who played The Governor in acclaimed US TV series The Walking Dead, was in conversation with Edge Hill’s Professor Roger Shannon and also took questions from students in attendance.
He said he is proud to be from the North West of England, “a place where the creative arts are taken seriously.”
Morrissey, who is noted for meticulous preparation for and research into the roles he plays, spoke in detail about the techniques he uses to prepare for a new role and how he gets to know a character, saying he enjoys the challenge of different and testing roles.
He said: “I get bored very easily. I like the challenge of different characters, being frightened and nervous of the unknown. I find the idea that I could fall flat on my face exciting. For example, when I was in the Martin McDonagh play Hangmen in the West End earlier this year my knees were knocking every night as I was about to walk on stage. I thrive on that feeling.”
The 52-year-old star, whose other standout performances include TV dramas, Being Human and The Deal, plus the film, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, advised students on ways to break into acting and the creative industries.
He also spoke about the current success of British actors in American television roles, and detailed the learning curve he encountered during his earliest professional roles and his time at Liverpool’s Everyman Youth Theatre.
The event was organised by The Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE), Edge Hill’s practice-led and theoretically-grounded inter-disciplinary research forum which connects the university with the digital and creative economy and with cultural institutions.
Professor Roger Shannon, director of ICE, said: “Blending tales of teenage beginnings at Liverpool’s Everyman Youth Theatre with expert advice about screen roles, writing scripts, researching characters and the buzz of the film set, David Morrissey drew on a wealth of experience for stage and screen in his masterclass with EHU students.
“The event was both inspiring and all encompassing.”