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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Carlisle drama student to present show on Sky TV

A drama student from Carlisle has secured his first presenting role, hosting a show about some of Cumbria’s hidden gems.

Kris White, left and Josh Park

Kris White, 25, was chosen to host the county’s contribution to Brilliant Britain – a show on the Sky network Community Channel.

Together with fellow Cumbrian actor Josh Park, 18, from Kendal, he tried his hand at everything from bee keeping to Cumbrian dialect during filming for the show.

The episode will be broadcast this Sunday.

Kris, who is soon to start his third year studying drama at Huddersfield, said it was a role he really enjoyed.

During filming, the pair visited Ireby Festival, the Whitehaven Beekeepers Association, Florence Mine and Arts Centre in Egremont and Sunbeams Music Trust.

Kris, who was put forward for the role by the Carlisle-based Lakeside Casting Agency, said: “They got me the audition. It was more presenting than acting, but I jumped at the opportunity to get involved.

“I’ve done a bit of presenting before but not to this level. It was really good fun.”

He said the beekeeping was particularly memorable.

“I learnt quite a lot about it. It’s fascinating. The costume doesn’t really protect you as much as you’s think but luckily I didn’t get stung.

“The director did though, three times,” he said.

But he said his toughest challenge was taking part in the Cumbrian dialect competition at Ireby Festival.

“As a Cumbrian I thought I’d be okay but I didn’t realise quite how much there is to it. It’s fair to say that we failed miserably,” he joked.

He added that discovering Florence Mine and its arts centre was a real eye opener: “It’s such a good facility. A real gem for west Cumbria.”

The links for the show were filmed at Wastwater.

Aside from presenting, Kris is looking forward to the release of a upcoming horror film called Bloodlust, in which he stars. He said they filmed it a couple of years ago at a castle in Northumberland so he can’t wait to finally see it.

And Josh, who attends Lakeside’s acting workshops in Carlisle, recently appeared as a thug in a reconstruction of a robbery on BBC Crime Watch during its north east roadshow.

Brilliant Britain from Cumbria will be shown this Sunday on Sky channel 539, Freeview 63 or Virgin Media 233.


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