Oct 28, 2016 12:17 AM EDT
Actor Michael Sheen Supports Drama Schools For Working Class Actors
Michael Sheen knows what it is like to get into acting. He even warned that if a young person chooses a career path in acting, then he is going to face a closed road for many young people. Especially those coming from the working class backgrounds.
Which is why Michael Sheen explains that there should be support in drama schools for working class actors. The actor is known for his portrayal of Tony Blair in "The Queen." And with his experience in the industry, he knows the stakes and the heart aches.
Coming from a low income background, working class children and students are most likely not going to get the chance of becoming professional actors, cites Independent. Sheen was speaking at an event at the Houses of Parliament. He points out that United Kingdom's "professional elite" is still disproportionately educated at private schools and at Oxbridge.
Their chances are slim unless they can study drama at school. This advice comes from veteran actor Michael Sheen directly. His warning comes from a place of experience and concern. Amid criticism that acting is increasingly dominated by people who were educated at public school, he called for greater support for drama in the state. He even points to the school system to address this as well as address youth theatre.
Sheen says that if a school wants to have working class actors, then their education system should have a drama department or something similar. If a school does not have a place for actors in schools, then according to Sheen people can just forget it.
He states that there are working class actors who decided to try their hand at acting. And because acting is a craft that needs to be honed, there has to be an educational venue for it. Which is why he urges the school system to support youth drama groups. He hopes to see this addressed for the future of working class actors everywhere and the youth, too.
In the meantime, check out Michael Sheen in a funny interview below:
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