SPOTLIGHT - RIKKI JACKSON

SPOTLIGHT - RIKKI JACKSON

With a fantastic production under his belt, the Spotlight shines on our Head of Drama, Rikki Jackson.

Rikki studied English and Theatre Studies at Warwick University, and stumbled into teaching drama by taking a job at his old school as a stop gap whilst deciding what he actually wanted to do with his life. Thirty years on and Rikki is still deciding, but it has allowed him to direct close to a 100 plays during that time.  Rikki is a massive sports fan, particularly cricket, rugby and football - although he spends most of his spare time being frustrated by the various teams he supports.

How long have you worked at Warminster?

Not very long! Since September.

What’s the best thing about your role?

Sharing creativity with others.

What's next from Drama?

"Beautiful Burnout", directed by Miss Hunter, the much loved Roald Dahl story “James and The Giant Peach” both will use school spaces creatively.

Describe a typical day?

Arrive, coffee, teach, coffee, rehearse, coffee, teach, coffee, rehearse. Home.

What makes it interesting though is what stems from those lessons and rehearsals, more often than not it will be something surprising and unplanned which I find exciting.

What do you think makes Warminster a special place to live and learn?

An openness from the pupils to give things a go and an appreciation by them on how lucky they are to come to such a school.

What would surprise us about you?

I’m naturally very, very shy.

What other Warminster role would you like to try for a day and why?

In the summer term I’d very happily look after the grounds and in particular the cricket pitches.

As a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Actor or film critic.

What did your school reports say about you?

I really can’t remember but I imagine my science reports would have made fairly grim reading.

Your note/advice to teenage self?

Dream big (but have a back- up plan).

Your mantra/motto or favourite quote?

Do all you can to make everyone around you look good.

Hidden ambitions still to achieve?

To run a pub.

Most treasured possession?

My home!

Biggest bugbear?

People talking when somebody else is.

Favourite musician/group?

Too many to choose from but Velvet Underground, REM, Elbow, Bowie and Arctic Monkeys to name a few…

Guilty pleasure?

“I’m a celebrity get me out of here”.

Signature MasterChef dish?

Christmas Dinner.

Favourite TV programme?

Sherlock.

Last book you read?

Fred Sirieix “Secret service” and an autobiography of Alfred Hitchcock by Peter Ackroyd.

Last movie watched?

Joker.

Which actor would play you in a movie about your life?

Peter Capaldi.

Favourite tipple?

Guinness and red wine.

Favourite place/city in the world and why?

Lake Taupo in NZ – beautiful, peaceful and a lot of great memories.

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter.