RYAN Clark is playing the part of Peter in Sleep No More at Louth’s Riverhead Theatre on Monday, October 8.
Sleep No More is a creepy drama set in an old theatre, which was closed down over sixty years ago and is haunted by ghosts.
Ryan plays a womanising, caddish rogue who, whilst playing the lead part of a scheming and murderous Victorian scoundrel, is forced into fighting inner demons to become a more decent person!
Ryan’s interest in acting goes back to his school days and briefly with his local amateur dramatic society. He was born in Immingham and was quite a studious lad.
From the age of eleven he took part in a variety of productions at school which led onto studying Drama for ‘O’ Level.
For this he was in a combination of plays, which involved wearing tights, leotard and a mask in the House of Atreus. A little embarrassing for a sixteen year old, male teenager, especially when his tights got a ladder in them on the opening night.
Having made many friends in Louth, Ryan was asked by one in particular - Pip Lill-Molloy - to be the assistant director on ‘Calamity Jane’ in 2011.
To date Ryan’s working hours have, unfortunately, stopped him from being more involved in the production side of the theatre, perhaps in the future he will be able to fulfil his dream and direct a musical or dramatic play.
Although he has had some involvement with next year’s plays, as he is on the reading committee, and says there is a wide range of plays up for consideration for next season, something for everybody.
Ryan not only likes to get actively involved with the theatre but loves to go and watch plays and is an avid reader of historical books and fiction such as Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’.
Ryan has a mind for solving puzzles and a creative mind which would be useful for designing sets but is also a necessary skill for his work as a North East Lincolnshire’s School Admissions Officer.
His role is to make sure there are enough school places, both at primary and secondary level and then allocate places to the students starting school for the first time or transferring between phases of education. He is part of a team who also organises the transfers of student places if a student wishes to change schools or move into the area.
Not an easy task when some areas are more populated than others.
For more details about Sleep No More visit www.louthplaygoers.com.
Words by Carol Tinkler