“Our son Ethan, aged 10 years has performed in numerous stage productions at venues such as the Birmingham Hippodrome ,plus many smaller local theatre’s and has worked for the BBC. In December 2015 he was invited to perform for Goodrow Productions in their adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol.

Whilst Ethan is confident on stage, he has always been in shows where there is little chance of self expression and “owning” the characters. So getting involved with Stuart Goodwin and Alan Rowe completely took him out of his comfort zone.

During the initial read through he was very nervous, but was soon put at ease by the friendly and very happy environment. As the rehearsals progressed I could clearly see the confidence in Ethan grow. This in the main was down to the direction from Stuart, who installs self belief in the younger performers, and allows them to express themselves, whilst giving them valuable professional and experienced input.

The cast of seven for Christmas Carol performed to small audiences in different spaces, which meant each performer had to adapt for each show. Also they had to portray different characters without leaving the stage, by simply changing their accent or maybe the use of a small prop. This in itself was challenging, however Ethan grew into this type of theatre and thoroughly enjoyed it.

There is no doubt, despite his experiences prior to this, that his time with Goodrow Productions has been the most beneficial to his acting skills to date…bring on the Pied Piper”