Suffolk actor returns from US

A SUFFOLK actor has returning from a "mind blowing" theatrical experience in the United States.James Peck, 39, of Framlingham has spent a year studying at the Del Arte School of Physical Theatre in Bluelake, California.

A SUFFOLK actor has returning from a "mind blowing" theatrical experience in the United States.

James Peck, 39, of Framlingham has spent a year studying at the Del Arte School of Physical Theatre in Bluelake, California.

Now back home he believes his whole outlook on drama has been changed.

"The centre undoubtedly has the best clown and mime teachers in the world and I would encourage any young actors to try to get there," he said.

"I have grown increasingly interested in the physical theatre. The theatre can be stagnant without elements of physicality and it may not communicate with human beings.

"My interest in the physical theatre started years ago when I saw a wrestling match at Stradbroke. It was pure theatre and I thought if wrestling and acting could be brought together how exciting it would be. It can work and my experience in the US shows it can," he added.

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James, who has worked with Eastern Angles and is currently touring a show with the Blythburgh-based Nutmeg Puppet Company, trained with the Central School of Speech and Drama in 1993.

He auditioned at Bury St Edmunds for the Del Arte School and mortgaged his home in order take the place he was offered in California.

"It was a very intensive course. There were 33 of us and we worked all round the clock," James said.

His wife, Louise, and his three children accompanied him to the US and the whole family enjoyed the experience of living abroad.

"It was beautiful countryside where we were and the people were not too dissimilar to people in Suffolk – we got along just fine," James said.

Before undertaking formal training as an actor, James took leading parts in some of the outdoor Shakespeare productions staged by his uncle, James Holloway, in venues which included Framlingham Castle and Leiston Abbey.

david.green@eadt.co.uk

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