This one time at St Martins...
... I dressed up in a white jumper and a white beanie and ran around on stage with a bunch of other actors in white jumpers and white beanies as a flock of sheep.
Daniel Lammin. Photo Credit: Sarah Walker
A story about a moment, big or small
When I auditioned for the Performance Ensemble at St Martins in 2002, I was 15 years old and had only just moved to Melbourne from a small country town in Queensland. I had very limited knowledge of theatre, and the extent of my experience was school plays and local community theatre shows. When I applied, the staff at St. Martins were really lovely but very honest with me, that I was very young for the Ensemble and they usually didn’t accept people as young as me for that program. I had so little audition experience though that I thought, why not, it couldn’t hurt! I turned up, not knowing anyone, probably with a packed lunch or something, and towards the end of the day, performed my monologue, which was from ‘Pygmalion’. This audition was completely unlike any I had done at school. Brett Adams, the Artistic Director at the time, took me through my paces, throwing a barrage of ridiculous directions at me, forcing me to try things in those five minutes that I’d never even considered before. It was exhausting and terrifying and I was loving every second of it, and I walked away that day just very proud of what I had done.
To my great surprise, I was accepted into the Performance Ensemble, the youngest person they’d ever accepted at that point. What that audition gave me was the opportunity to open my mind to all the possibilities in theatre, to learn from professional artists and my older peers, and gain confidence, not just in my craft, but in this new and scary city. I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it hadn’t been for that year at St Martins, and more specifically, that audition. It turned my interest in theatre into a love affair.
Daniel works as a theatre director, the Producer and Programmer for Monash Centre for Theatre and Performance, and as a film writer and podcast host for the film website SWITCH.
“It turned my interest in theatre into a love affair.”
– Daniel Lammin
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