Robert Llewellyn: On and Off Stage
Held at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, The Reading Room, a monthly programme about books and creative writing, was the heart and soul of the night.
The crowd took their seats at the centre stage, waiting excitedly for the star of the night to make an entrance, while back stage stood Robert Llewellyn, who rather surprisingly seemed quite calm and at ease with the eager audience.
On speaking to Robert, it became clear why he was such a well-known and respected character. His charismatic nature and blunt sense of humour made it impossible not to warm to him. These traits no doubt played a key role on his rise to fame, as Robert has had a successful and thriving career which was first kicked of 20 years ago in a famous TV sitcom, Red Dwarf, where he played a masked alien character called Kryten. Red Dwarf lasted for 7 series where it was regularly aired on BBC2. But that was not enough for Robert, as at the finishing of Red Dwarf, he decided to change career paths from acting and decided to have a dip at presenting, where he then became a much liked presenter on Scrap Heap Challenge.
And if that was not enough, Robert is also a successfully published author with books such as “The Man on Platform 5” and “Sold Out: How I Survived a Year of Not Shopping”.
In fact, it is because of his publishing career that Robert attended the live interview. He has now written and published a new book, News from Gardenia, which will no doubt achieve him the level of success that his other books have!
During a backstage interview Robert describes what his new book is all about;
“It’s a science fiction story, but is set 200 years into the future, and it’s a utopian story about a world that is better than the world we live in. It’s a kinder and gentler place…”.
During the live interview, Robert went on to promote his new book, and he was even kind enough to give the audience and those listening a peek into the story by reading out one of his chapters. Undoubtedly, he had the audience hanging onto every word. The interview seemed to flow fluidly through the night. Its entertainment factor and well structured presenting never failed to fill the audience with hearty laughter.
Finishing with a well earned round of applause, Robert once again made his way backstage for a final backstage interview, where he described the experience;
“It’s been an enormous pleasure, a lovely audience and beautiful building. It was very nice as it’s the first time I’ve read from my book, so it’s an experience”. Robert went on to describe the live interview as, “extremely well done” and “really bloody good”!
For the full story, including video footage, please visit: http://www.youngjournalistacademy.co.uk/2012/05/robert-llewellyn-on-and-off-stage/
Fatmira, Year 10