Acting in the family way... He comes from a long acting tradition, and he’s on stage again later this month. Charlotte Thorneycroft talks to local rising star Adam Tucker about his family and Adrian Mole...
ollowing in the footsteps of his great- great-grandparents, 16 year old Adam Tucker will take to the stage this month to play Adrian Mole in the King’s Lynn Players production of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾. Adam’s great, great-grandmother Katherine Raymond (whose stage name was Kitty Dillon) was orphaned at 16, leaving boarding school two years later to make her own way in life. Not trained to earn her own living she used the teaching she had for music and voice production, taking to a career on the stage. She married fellow actor and comedian Alfred G. Raymond and together the pair became famous names on the stage in the 1920s and 30s, even performing at one time alongside Charlie Chaplin. Now Adam, currently studying A-levels in music, media and drama at Springwood High School, aims to emulate their success by embarking on his own stage career. “I’ve always liked singing and acting,” says Adam. “My family used to tell me lots of stories of Kitty and Alfred, so from an early age I was interested in the stage. Their success does inspire me and I can see elements of what they did in my own style – especially the comedy side.” Adam’s first audition was for a school performance in year 9, taking a role in the chorus. He soon decided it was centre stage he wanted, where he would be able make KLmagazine March 2011
characters his own and directly entertain the audiences. Since joining the King’s Lynn Players a year ago, he’s developed his skills and confidence further, playing the role of ‘Baby John’ of the Jets gang in the Player’s production of West Side Story, which was performed at The Corn Exchange last year. “It was a great opportunity for me to be on stage in such a big venue,” Adam continues. “We had good audience numbers which at first was quite daunting, but after first-night nerves dispersed I really enjoyed myself. Adrian Mole will be a bit different because it’s the first lead role I’ve had. The humour and comedy in the play is just the sort of thing that appeals to me so I’m extremely happy to have the lead part. I’m sure my great great grandparents would be proud!” The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾ tells the story of an adolescent boy dealing with life with his dysfunctional working class family, Pandora (the love of his life) and the general turmoil of teenage life. Directed by Carol Beveridge, another entertaining evening is promised by the much-loved King’s Lynn Players at The Arts Centre from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th March. Performances begin at 7.30pm with tickets priced £10 (£9 concessions). Contact The Arts Centre for further details 01553 764864. KL 57
Published on Mar 1, 2011