Student in on the act at Shakespeare festival

AN Edinburgh acting student will tread the boards alongside some of Scotland’s leading talents in a Shakespearean festival which starts next month.

Emun Mohammadi, 20, will join fellow performers from the world-famous Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to take the starring role in a production of Pericles at The Arches in Glasgow.

The performances are part of Shakespeare in the City, a venture organised in association with The Arches and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Three plays and three contemporary performances will be held at the Glasgow venue from June 2 to July 3.

Mr Mohammadi, who attended George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, said: "I am playing Pericles, a young prince, and the play is all about his adventures. It’s a sort of Shakespearean road movie.

"It’s an interesting role to play, focusing on misfortunes and the will to persist. I was always involved in drama at school. However, I went to Aberdeen University to study English and psychology. I left after a year because I knew acting was what I really wanted to do."

Billy Boyd, of Lord of the Rings fame, and Alan Cumming, whose film credits include X-Men 2 and 3, are among the stars who have studied acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.