Keaton Guimaraes-Tolley (OE2011-18) has been accepted into RADA, a world-leader in acting and theatre production disciplines, for a foundation acting course in September.
Winner of The Lodge Prize for Musical Drama in 2017, Keaton has acted in a host of Emanuel productions. We caught up with him to congratulate him on his success.
You were involved in many Emanuel productions. Which was your favourite and why?
I thoroughly enjoyed all the productions I was involved in at Emanuel with many of my fondest memories at the school happening both on and behind the stage. These include most notably Noël Coward's Brief Encounter where Mr. Arnott gave me my first lead role, Mel Brooks’ The Producers and Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. However, if I had to pick a favourite it would most probably be my final production at Emanuel, Roald Dahl's The Twits. We as a company were lucky enough to take this up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It feels rather fitting to pick that one due to it being the culmination of my time at the school and the chance I had to work closely with actors from across the younger years. It was a truly memorable experience.
Can you say anything about the support you’ve received from the Drama department here?
I received a vast amount of support from all of the Drama department past and present during my time at the school. I feel very lucky to have had such a supportive network of teachers who were always trying to get the best out of me, willing to give up their time to watch something I was preparing or to just simply have a little chat. Having the support of those teachers was a very special thing and something I will always be thankful for. I can only hope the school’s support for Drama at Emanuel continues into the future.
What did you think when you found out you’d been accepted into RADA?
It was an extremely surreal moment, to say the least, and it’s safe to say it just about sunk in before I started. I felt incredibly grateful to have been given the chance to take my passion for acting further, working at such a prestigious drama school. I realise what an unbelievable opportunity this is and it is one I will take full advantage of in the coming year to hopefully further my journey into the arts.