Teaching the cast to cast

Last reviewed:

Teaching the cast to cast

Will Barnard teaches the cast of new Guildhall drama Herons how to fish

Thames Water’s angling development and fisheries manager Will Barnard is used to introducing disadvantaged youngsters to the joys and benefits of fishing.

But, in a first for Will, he’s been teaching angling skills to a group of actors playing disadvantaged youngsters.

When the Guildhall School, based at the Barbican, was preparing to stage Herons, Simon Stephen’s gritty drama about urban disaffection and brutality, they realised a number of key scenes featured canal fishing.

Enter Will Barnard, stage left, who was asked by the director to bring an air of authenticity to the angling scenes.

“I taught the cast how to fish a canal and set up equipment,” said Will. “I also taught them about what sort of behaviour they could expect from someone fishing, as far as the environment is concerned, for example.”

Herons stage manager Kinga Czynciel said: “It was an amazing experience and we got a lot out of it. The actors playing the main characters were especially grateful for all the knowledge and stories that Will shared with is.”

  • Herons is at the Guildhall tonight (7.30pm) and tomorrow (2pm and 7pm). For more details, visit www.gsmd.ac.uk