Former De Aston student embarks upon acting career

A former student at De Aston School has recently completed her first professional acting role and is looking forward to an exciting future in the industry.

Harriet Bibby, who left De Aston School after completing her A Levels in 2016, will be appearing in an upcoming episode of BBC medical drama Doctors in what will be her first professional television acting credit.

Filming on the episode wrapped earlier this month so we caught up with Harriet to ask her about the experience:

“It was so much fun to be involved in and a brilliant opportunity after graduating from drama school last year.

“The drama school I attended, ALRA North, set me up brilliantly and although it was my first ‘on set’ experience, I knew exactly what to expect and what was expected of me.

“All the cast and crew work really hard and there is so much that goes into each episode so it was a pleasure to be involved in.”

Harriet Bibby
Harriet Bibby

Harriet was due to swap the screen for the stage later this month, as she follows up her first television experience with her first professional theatre role. Uncertainty around the Coronavirus outbreak means the play will have to be rearranged for later in the year, Harriet however is still excited about the opportunity:

“I’m in rehearsals for a play called Blackbird by David Harrower at Hope Street Theatre in Liverpool. This is also my first professional theatre gig so I was thrilled when I got asked to be a part of the production!

“The play deals with quite dark themes in terms of relationships and consent – and is a story that unfortunately is still very relevant and one that needs to be told. Rehearsals have been really fun and I’m sure the play will be just as brilliant.”

De Aston School offers a lively Drama department, allowing students various opportunities to perform. Reflecting on her time at the School, Harriet praises the massive impact the department has had on her career so far:

“My time at De Aston definitely shaped where I am now. I can’t thank the staff enough – especially Ms Greenwood and Mrs Chapman who worked with me in the Drama department.

“They allowed me to explore and gave me some great advice about acting and the industry – so I really don’t think I’d be where I am without them.

“Being given the room to be creative and explore the arts is something that is so important and shouldn’t be overlooked within early education. De Aston is where that started for me.”

As a former De Aston student who has gone on to achieve success in the industry, Harriet is uniquely placed to offer some words of advice to budding actors at the School:

“Don’t wait for the opportunity- make the opportunity. If you want to be involved in theatre or the arts then ask your teachers if there’s time available to do something creative – they will want to facilitate that as best they can. Work hard and practice, practice, practice!”

Harriet’s episode of Doctors is scheduled to air on Tuesday 2 June on BBC1. Find out more about Drama at De Aston School.

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