How Two Young Actors Got Their Act Together During Covid

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At the age of 13, Joe Hughes was living in South Africa. He had always been interested in the performing arts and his first break came when he was given a starring role in the movie: Felix.

The Official Trailer of Felix, starring Joe Hughes

From there Joe went to England where he studied at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

He appeared in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and A Comedy of Errors staged as part of London’s Shakespeare in the Park series in Regent’s Park, the UK’s oldest and largest outdoor theatre, as well as in The Promise, at Venue 13, at the Edinburg Fringe. Joe starred in the short films Carpe Noctem and James Dies at the End and auditioned for a TV sitcom. 

Joe Hughes in The Promise. Image via Joe Hughes

The future was looking bright. Then came Covid.

As all over the UK theatres and cinemas closed, acting ground to a standstill. New writing opportunities disappeared, classes and training shut down; most live performances either closed down or moved to a virtual environment. Even filming became almost impossible as actors and film crews struggled with Covid social distancing rules. Inevitably some were sidelined with the virus.

For months Joe and his fellow actors took part-time jobs filling supermarket shelves or working as helpers in Covid testing venues. 

So, as all parts in all theatrical disciplines disappeared, Joe and his fellow actor Connor McCrory decided to take matters into their own hands. They sat down and wrote their own play — devised, produced and acted by themselves. Then they set out to find somewhere the play could be staged.

In rehearsals for When Sarah Arrives. Image via Joe Hughes

They planned to take the play to the Edinburgh Fringe but the whole event was cancelled. So they began to look for a London theatre where they could stage the play while still complying with whatever Covid rules were in place at the time. In November of last year, finally, London’s White Bear theatre saw the play and agreed that it could be performed there in November of last year. Then came London’s second complete lockdown and once again their plans were frustrated.

Now, at long last, the play When Sarah Arrives will hit the boards for five nights from 13-17 July at The White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London.

Described as a ‘tragicomedy’ the performance runs for one hour, replete with exploding toilets, spilt tea, burnt pizza and a whole lot of toxic masculinity from two very unmanly men

The play premieres 13 July at The White Bear Theatre

The play, starring Connor McCrory and Joseph Ryan Hughes, is directed by Macadie Amotoso and designed by Laura Mugford.

For tickets and further information see: info@whitebeartheatre.co.uk

For more on When Sarah Arrives follow them on:

Instagram: instagram.com/whensaraharrives/

Twitter: twitter.com/blindmicehouse

Connor McCrory: twitter.com/adienranger?lang=en

Macadie Amoroso (Director): instagram.com/macadie.amoroso/

Joe Hughes: Twitter: twitter.com/josephryhughes

Instagram: instagram.com/josephryanhughes/

It’s been a tough time for young actors. So enjoy what promises to be a fun night out while supporting Joe and Connor.

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6 thoughts on “How Two Young Actors Got Their Act Together During Covid”

  1. Interesting article detailing great initiative and creativity by these two. Joe is a very natural and talented actor. I saw him in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at Tring Park and The Promise at the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s made me laugh and cry so When Sarah Arrives sounds like the perfect vehicle for him. Guess who’s going to be in the audience on 15th July? 🙂 I really hope this is a springboard for Joe and Conor- they really deserve it.
    Another proud Auntie!

  2. Pauline Smith

    Proud Auntie number 3 here!
    I love this article and how these two young man have persevered and overcome the immense constraints of Covid.
    Well done lads and all the very best to you for July and for your future.

  3. Excellent article. All the best to Joe and Connor on their new venture and for the future as Covid 19 restrictions lift. I do wish I could be there to watch this performance. Onwards and upwards, lads! From a proud uncle.

  4. Amazing initiative and a work ethic to be proud of. I wish both young actors every success in this current play and whatever comes after.
    Well done Joe!

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6 thoughts on “How Two Young Actors Got Their Act Together During Covid”

  1. Interesting article detailing great initiative and creativity by these two. Joe is a very natural and talented actor. I saw him in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg at Tring Park and The Promise at the Edinburgh Fringe. He’s made me laugh and cry so When Sarah Arrives sounds like the perfect vehicle for him. Guess who’s going to be in the audience on 15th July? 🙂 I really hope this is a springboard for Joe and Conor- they really deserve it.
    Another proud Auntie!

  2. Pauline Smith

    Proud Auntie number 3 here!
    I love this article and how these two young man have persevered and overcome the immense constraints of Covid.
    Well done lads and all the very best to you for July and for your future.

  3. Excellent article. All the best to Joe and Connor on their new venture and for the future as Covid 19 restrictions lift. I do wish I could be there to watch this performance. Onwards and upwards, lads! From a proud uncle.

  4. Amazing initiative and a work ethic to be proud of. I wish both young actors every success in this current play and whatever comes after.
    Well done Joe!

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