This article appears in the Year in Review, a 55-page magazine celebrating the opportunities we offer our students. Read it here.
It has been quite the upwards trajectory for former student Taheen Modak since he left us in 2014. He spent three years at the Bristol Old Vic drama school – one of the most prestigious drama institutions not just in the UK, but the world – learning his trade and working with some of the best acting coaches around. Soonly after graduating, he was picked up by talent agency Troika, who represent some of the country’s top actors like Peter Capaldi, Michael Fassbender, Karen Gillan, and Daniel Kaluuya. Soon after, he landed a fantastic part in West End play ‘The American Clock’, at the Old Vic theatre.
This was a fantastic opportunity for Taheen to showcase his talent to 1000 people a night for five weeks, and he relished the chance. We took a group of Year 10 students to see a performance in the Summer Term, and the students were incredibly impressed with Taheen’s ability. The following day, Taheen very graciously came in to school and held two one-hour workshops with GCSE and A level students, talking about his experiences with drama school, tough auditions and the acting process in general. It was a genuine privilege to see one of our own credit the school for getting him to this point, in terms of encouragement from the performing arts team. Taheen also introduced a trailer for his latest project, which had been released earlier that day: a lead role in ITV drama ‘The Bay’.
Starring opposite Morven Christie and Jonas Armstrong, ‘The Bay’ ran for six weeks in March, and gave Taheen his biggest role yet – a series regular appearing in every episode. Series 2 has just been commissioned to air in 2020, and from the synopses it seems that Taheen’s role will be even larger! We have just received word that Taheen will be back treading the boards at the end of 2019, and it is clear that he has a big future ahead of him. We wish him well with these endeavours and know that he will continue to show the same work rate that he did in his performing arts BTEC just five years ago.