As part of our continuing series production profiles we take a look at actress Darcy Charles. Darcy will be playing the House servant Marie in the play Black Spartacus.
Darcy has been a performer since the age of four, studying at and performing for the International School of Ballet in her early years. Her interest in acting was captured from the age of 7 when she spent all her spare time at Centre Stage Drama School, acting, dancing and singing. This led to many performances and the opportunity to take part in variety shows in the West End.
Darcy’s professional career began from the age of 9 when she was cast in advertisements for upcoming ITV programmes, Children in Need, Training Videos and Photo Shoot advertisements for MAD Photography.
Darcy identified early on that she had a love for dance and physical theatre studying in Islington and performing with the dance group ‘Rouge’ as a finalist in the U.Dance Finale,which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in 2012. She went on to Salford University to study dance theatre, choosing this course because of the opportunities for creative collaboration and practical performances. Darcy is committed to supporting performance and live arts and has qualifications in Stage Management as well and has supported other Artists behind the scenes.
In November 2014 she performed in an Arts Council funded multi – media performance at Media City (Salford) in the Digital Performance Lab. The subject was chronic fatigue illness and the piece was directed by Chris Salt, ‘Gemma Climbs her Mountain’. She took part this year in a collaboration to showcase Salford University work with the acclaimed, cutting edge, physical dance theatre group, Twelve Degrees North at The Lowry Theatre, Salford. Further work includes performances with Company Chameleon for the re-opening of Manchester City Library in conjunction with the band ‘Everything Everything’ for a site specific piece.
For her finals at university she wrote and performed ‘Double Take’ which explored the journey of mixed heritage and racial stereotyping. This culminated in Darcy achieving a 1st class honours degree in Dance Theatre this year.
Tickets to Black Spartacus are available here
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