Actor has nursing in the wings

Just Regional
Apr 25, 2016 3 mins read

A young actor is learning nursing skills as well as lines as he prepares for a summer drama season in his native Norfolk.
Ryan Starling is taking two roles in the “rep” programme at Sheringham Little Theatre.
But he is also studying a nursing degree to help bolster his finances, and “do something worthwhile,” between acting jobs.
The 24-year-old from North Walsham said: “It is difficult to support yourself financially as an actor. Some people do bar and restaurant work, but I wanted to do something useful which also gave me the flexibility.”
He is in the first year of a three-year adult nursing degree course at the University of East Anglia which has also seen him gaining experience in operating theatres and community hospitals.
This summer Ryan will play Peter, one of the Railway Children in the classic adventure which is one of the Sheringham venue’s five-strong summer drama line-up. He is also Tristram in the Alan Ayckbourn farce Taking Steps.
It will be Ryan’s third season at the theatre, whose youth outreach work has helped him forge his acting career.
Ryan was born and raised in North Walsham where dad Keith Starling is an electrical engineer and mum Diane a secretary at the junior school.
He first took to the stage at North Walsham High School, where he took the lead role in Macbeth. He joined the Sheringham Little Theatre’s outreach group, and went on to help run sessions for them.
Ryan also got involved with productions at Paston Sixth Form College and its Far East Theatre Company before heading to the Rose Bruford Drama School in Kent.
Ryan stressed that although he is working hard towards his nursing degree, drama remained his main goal and love.
“Acting is the main thing and always will be. It is just a case of there being no guarantees and I don’t want to end up struggling for money all my life,” he said.

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A trio of volunteer actors are being sought to join the cast of the Railway Children.
The professional production is looking for two females and a male to bolster the team by playing a variety of roles.
Rehearsals are in August with shows running from August 10-16.
Specific requirements are:
One female aged 40 plus to play various characters
One female aged 18-30 with roles including a child
A male aged 18-30 playing a variety of roles including a child.
Auditions are May 8 at Sheringham Little Theatre from 11am-1pm. Applicants are asked to email a brief resume in advance to

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