Kit Thacker, managing director of Drama Studio London: ‘Connection is the key to good acting’
How did you start off in theatre?
I went for an audition with Nat Brenner at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. The audition turned into a two-hour chat, at the end of which he said: “You should be an actor.” He remained a mentor to me for the rest of his life.
What is the best piece of advice you have for drama students today?
Hold on to your passion and believe in your talent. Drama school will give you skills and practice but rarely these basic components.
What would you change about drama training in the UK?
I’d like it to place even more focus on the individual and what they bring, and the final demise of ‘the mould’.
What is the best part of your job?
And your least favourite?
Who are the practitioners you admire most? Who should students be looking up to?
Maxine Peake, who sees acting as a political and social necessity. Peter Brook, who got nearly everything right.
What is the one skill that every successful actor should have?
Connection: with the text, other actors, the crew and the audience.
Do you believe that ‘good acting’ can be objectively identified?
Yes. Beyond subjective taste there is honesty, transformation and connection.
Kit Thacker was talking to John Byrne