Talented Sutton actor lands role with Saltmine Theatre Company

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A TALENTED Sutton actor is well on the way to realising his acting dreams after being accepted into the Saltmine Theatre Company.

Caleb Mitchell (22) recently auditioned for the Dudley-based theatre company after seeing an advert on its website.

He has joined the company and is preparing for taking on multiple roles in an interpretation of John Bunyon’s Christian play, The Pilgrim’s Progress, which will go on tour around the UK.

Caleb, who has just finished studying for a degree in drama at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “I’m going straight from my drama degree to full-time acting - it’s really exciting.”

Although Bunyon’s classic play was first published in 1678, Caleb, a former pupil at the National School in Hucknall, says that it will resonate with modern theatre-goers.

“I think it has a lot of relevance to people today because we are all on some kind of journey,” he says.

“As humans, we desire to be going on some kind of journey and I think Christian (the central character) epitomises that.”

This summer, Caleb - whose father is the Revd Tim Mitchell from New Cross Community Church - is also looking forward getting stuck into an exciting project which will take place during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Go 4 Glory International Arts and Sports Festival is a project which will see actors, dancers, musicians and other artists doing public performances in London and other parts of the country where the Olympics are being hosted.

The idea behind Go 4 Glory is for artists to perform to the diverse audiences that the games will attract and engage them with the arts and different ways to live. It also celebrates the links between sport and the arts.

Caleb said: “Everyone involved in a volunteer because we really love performing.

“We want people to really enjoy sports and the performances.”

During his packed summer, Caleb and the other volunteers will be organising performance-based flash mobs and other improvisational pieces to entertain the public in London.

For details on the Saltmine Theatre Company visit Saltmine Trust and for details on Go 4 Glory visit Go 4 Glory.