We chat to Urdang graduate and YMTer Adam Cooper about his time in the YMT Company!
My YMT experience has been extraordinary. I’ve done three projects: Missing Mel (2008) at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then London, Chosen Room (2009) and Song For Eurydice (2010), all of which were completely different and gave me totally different experiences. After that I went on to being an Assistant for Mort and then a choreographer for a Summer Skills Course!
Adam in Song for Eurydice (2010)
Do you still keep in contact with any YMTers?
Yes I do! A lot of people have continued on into the industry and it’s so good seeing so many talented people being successful in this field and knowing that they are all genuinely lovely people too. YMT friends really stick with you after that intense two-week experience.
Why should people get involved with YMT?
Because it’s enormous fun! Plus you end up learning so much about yourself and your craft at the same time. If it wasn’t for YMT, I wouldn’t have applied for musical theatre colleges, I wouldn’t have seen the things I’ve seen and I wouldn’t be living in working in Germany now. It really opened my eyes to this industry as a career choice. Just go for it. If you hold back that’s what you’re going to regret.
What would your dream role be?
I’d love to be in Cats, Singing in the Rain or Mary Poppins. I absolutely love the dancing in those shows.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde and Sister Act - all musicals that were my favourite when I first came to London. They’ve really stuck with me. All cheesy but with a great heart.
What/who should young people research in the arts?
Matthew Bourne company. If young people haven’t heard of this company I seriously recommend it. Watching Edward Scissorhands for the first time when I was younger was such a turning point for me and let me see dance in a whole new light.
Working abroad I find that I’m just crazy British comforts. Yorkshire Pudding or a simple Toad in the Hole go down a treat when you’re missing home.
Some place new that I can explore! I’ve been lucky enough to see many places previously working as a dancer on a cruise but I still need to cross Japan and China off that list.
THE most important question: Scone (as in stone) or Scone (as in gone)?
Scone as in gone when I’m not thinking about it. If i’m doing my best Downton Abbey it would be Scone as in stone.
A huge thank you to Adam for taking the time to answer our questions - have a read of interviews from other YMT Alumni!