The Elephant Man | Meet Gerald

6 Jul 2018

As The Elephant Man draws to a close, we wanted to get to know all of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School students. Here, Gerald Gyimah talks us through his experience of working on Bernard Pomerance's award-winning play

Where are you from and how did you get into acting?

I am was born in Ghana grew up in Nigeria and now from London. After working in London as an Energy Broker I wanted to do something new and exciting so started taking acting classes and doing London fringe theatre.

Who are you playing in The Elephant Man and what challenges have you faced in that role?

I am playing Carr-Gomm and I found the character development and stoic depth of Gomm initially difficult to embody, but with extensive research I have now found it.

What research did you do whilst preparing for your role?

I read several magazines, journals and periodicals about the period. I also read books and watched documentaries. 

What’s your favourite thing about training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School? 

Being in Bristol. It’s a lovely city with great people.

Are you excited to perform on the Bristol Old Vic stage?

Yes I’ve lookedforward to the possibility of being on the Bristol Old Vic main stage since I auditioned for the school.

The Elephant Man continues until 7 Jul. Book your tickets here