Saracens - Alpha Membership - Academy Update

Feb 25, 2016

Alpha Membership - Academy Update


Last week, the Saracens Academy boys headed off to The Globe Theatre, the home of William Shakespeare, to take part in a unique acting masterclass that blurred the lines between sport and theatre.

Simon Muller, The Globe’s Education Practitioner and actor, began the workshop by exposing the skills and actor needed. Speaking about the workshop, Simon said: “what we were trying to do was to draw some analogies with acting and sport, because I think the skill set is very similar and interesting.”

Throughout his time working at The Globe, Muller recognised that he had worked with some energetic groups before, but never had a group been quite so “physically big” and boisterous as the Academy boys.

Tom Griffiths currently on loan to Bedford Blues, said: “the session was really good we learnt a lot. It gave us a real insight into actually what goes on behind the scenes of a theatre.’’

Saracens Academy Scrum-Half, Tom Whiteley, enjoyed working in the new environment of the theatre alongside his friends from the squad.   “This is a completely different setting for us, none of us have acted before in our lives. Luckily we were just acting in front of our friendship group, so it wasn’t too bad. But, I can imagine that acting in front of a live crowd would be pretty daunting’’ Whiteley said.

Not only are the Saracens Academy boys currently producing exciting performances on the pitch but some players also impressed with their performances on the stage, at this workshop. Workshop leader, Simon Muller, said: “The players were great, they really threw themselves into it. I was also actually pleasantly surprised with how good some of them were and how naturally able they were with the language.’’

Watch this space Alpha Members! Who knows, you may soon see some of the Saracens Academy squad swapping the rugby pitch for the theatre stage and becoming stars of the stage and screen.

The tour to The Globe was organised by Academy Manager, Don Barrell as part of the Saracens PDP, Player Development Programme. Following the acting workshop the boys were then treated to the opening night performance of the RSC’s current run of The Tempest.

We look forward to bringing you more Academy updates throughout the remainder of the season. For any ideas you’d like us to feature email



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