Local actor takes centre stage at National Theatre

FRANKENSTEIN, National Theatre 2011, directed by Danny Boyle'A scene from the play with (far left) BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as The Creature. Photo by Catherine Ashmore
FRANKENSTEIN, National Theatre 2011, directed by Danny Boyle'A scene from the play with (far left) BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as The Creature. Photo by Catherine Ashmore

FORMER Carnoustie High pupil Mark Roberts (22), whose stage name is Mark Armstrong, is hitting the high spots on the London stage.

Mark is in the company for ‘Frankenstein’, which has an impressive cast as, alongside him on stage is Benedict Cumberbatch, of TV’s ‘Sherlock’ and Jonny Lee Millar, who burst on cinema screens in ‘Trainspotting’.

And Dundee College staff are enjoying a moment of pride as their former acting and performance student appears on the professional stage.

While lecturers from the theatre team are delighted to see Mark gaining a top role with the National Theatre in London, no one is as proud as the college’s head of business and management, Elaine Roberts - his mum!

“Mark’s dad and I are really excited to have the chance to see Mark on stage,” said Elaine with a smile.

“I know it is a bit of a cliché but Mark has always wanted to be an actor ever since starting with the Carnoustie Theatre Club when he was in Primary 4!”

Mark graduated from Dundee College in 2007, before going on to study at East 15 Acting School.

He said: “Working under the direction of Danny Boyle, and with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller has been incredible.

“Sometimes I forget who I’m working with because everyone gets so involved in what we are trying to achieve as a group and it’s not until the end of the day that I remember I am acting alongside such wonderfully-talented people.”

The actor hasn’t forgotten his roots however, and he added: “Dundee College helped me establish a base of skills that have allowed me to explore the acting world. I constantly return to exercises we used in class and for that I have to thank the staff, particularly Jane Hensey and Eve Jamieson.

Mark is making a Dundee appearance though through the medium of a live link when the DCA will screen ‘Frankenstein’ as part of the National Theatre Live season on Thursday, March 17 and 24, and his number one fan will be there.