Not-so-Cursed student wins award

Thursday, 02 November 2017

Leeham -and -EmeraldA Performing Arts student at Seevic College has won an acting award for his involvement in Essex’s number one Halloween experience, Cursed.

Set in the eerie grounds of Wat Tyler Country Park near Basildon, stand-out student Leeham Popgueorguiev, 16 from Westcliff, took on the role of a scare actor for over ten days in the lead up to the mysterious celebration.

Populated with scare mazes themed to disturb, distort and scare visitors, Cursed is the largest fright night experience in Essex. With over 100 actors taking part, Leeham was joined by fellow student Emerald Gunn-Cahill, 17 from Grays, to build on their experience of improvisation and using sounds behind the scene.

Explaining the different roles that he explored throughout his time with Cursed, Leeham said: “I really enjoyed being a ‘wanderer’.

Leeham“We used improvisation to create a character and wander through the six mazes within the park to spook visitors attending the event.”

This character creation caught the attention of Cursed staff, with Leeham being awarded one of just six awards for Best Newcomer at their annual ceremony on Saturday 28 October.

Both students from the college, based in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, said the opportunity helped them to explore other areas of acting which will feed into their college work.

Emerald added: “It was great to take part. The application process including an audition, as well as the roles themselves, allowed me to build my confidence in acting.

“It was a great opportunity to meet new people, and get more experience to help my work at college – and hopefully university in the future.”

To find out more about Performing Arts at Seevic, join us at our upcoming Open Evening on 21 November, 6.30-8pm.

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