Lord of the Rings star, Orlando Bloom, is to hold a series of drama workshops at Cheadle Hulme High School, teaching students skills such as improvisation, developing a strong speaking voice, increasing presence and improving posture, facial expression and eye contact.
Manchester Evening News reports that as part of the launch of Laurus Trust, the new multi-academy chain, Bloom will work with 11-year-olds teaching the ‘Cicero curriculum.’ The curriculum is devised using a style of drama education taught by Bloom’s former teacher and voice coach Patsy Rodenburg.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s first black Hamlet actor, Paapa Essiedu, will also attend the launch.
A spokesman told The Sunday Times: “The thinking is that teaching these skills will not only get students interested in acting – a profession in which state school kids are now hugely under-represented – but also boost their confidence and social ability in a way that will make all the difference when it comes to Oxbridge interviews, competition for top jobs, interviews and impressing in the workplace.”
Empowering under-represented students to gain confidence and set them up for the workplace is of increasing importance, as research by the Social Mobility Commission has found that UK professionals from working-class backgrounds are paid £6,800 less on average each year than those from more affluent families.