Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Jaimie-Leigh Fallon. I’m twenty years old and I am currently doing my level six in performing arts in Bull alley. I’m originally from Roscommon but have moved to Dublin for college.
What is your history in performing on stage?
I’ve always had a flare for performing and from a young age I’ve been part of small local productions in scor na nog, backstage theatre and Evolution stage school. I always knew I loved it however it wasn’t until about a year before my leaving I realised this was the only career for me. I always spent to much time worrying about what other people thought, what was a more stable career choice and whether I was good enough or not until I finally realised that i’m never happier than I am when I’m performing. I realised that I’d rather spend the rest of my life happy with a risky and judged profession than miserable with a stable career.
Tell us a bit about your course.
Our course is based around acting, singing and dancing. We work in different styles – classical, modern and contemporary works, including musical theatre which this year is our production of spring awakening . The course enables students to gain experience through three full productions each year, two internal productions and one full scale musical theatre production in a professional theatre venue.
What role do you play in Spring Awakening?
In our production of spring awakening I’m playing the role of Anna. Anna is a strong and stubborn young girl who unlike some of the other characters, stands up for what she believes in. I am also helping assistant direct the musical and am dance captain alongside Chloe Donegan. This year myself and Chloe have worked hard alongside Simon Manahan and Nicole Mcdonald to make this musical the best that we could. I thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to help direct the show and choreograph some of the dances.
What’s the show about?
Our show is though it was written in 1891 the issues in this musical are still so relevant today. The musical is extremely unique as the music is almost a rock genre and the choreography that takes place during these songs ranges from rock dances to contemporary. There’s something in this musical for everyone. Myself and Chloé Donegan got the chance to help choreographing and it was a pleasure to get to work on such a demanding musical with Nicole.
What’s you ideal career?
My ideal job would be to getting to perform everyday. I’ve fallen in love with not just acting but singing and dancing too and it would be dream to get to do it for the rest of my life. However as great as this would be I’d also love to get into teaching it at some stage. I’ve worked alot in stage schools with kids and would love to get to do something like that as a career, teaching acting, singing and dancing. This musical has made me realize I have a real passion for directing and choreographing as well so I would love to at some stage in the future to maybe try these jobs out again.
What does the future hold for you?
I hope to pursue acting in the future and also try my hand at some teaching. I’ll be working in a performing arts camp this summer to see what it will be like working with children. I’m excited to see what the future holds because of Bull Alley I have a lot of experience and training and am looking forward to working.
Are you excited for the show?
This is the first time I’ve ever choreographed or directed anything so I’m extremely excited for everyone to see what I can do behind the scenes as well as on the stage.