Aspiring young actor Cai Brigden has gone back to school for his latest role and it’s one that is winning him critical and public acclaim.
The former Royal Latin student is starring in a revival of Julian Mitchell’s Another Country which has just opened at Chichester Festival Theatre and may, eventually, transfer to the West End.
The fictional story, loosely based on the Cambridge Spies, is set in a 1930s public school where a friendship between two of its outspoken main characters eventually leads to them betraying their country.
Cai, 23, from Singleborough, plays a senior boy, Delahay, who leads school sports and shows a spectacular lack of sympathy towards the radical Communist Judd and the flamboyantly gay Bennett.
“We’ve had some amazing reviews. Everyone in the cast (which includes Sir Richard Attenborough’s grandson Will) get on so well. No big egos. Whenever there was a break in rehearsals we’d all go out and play ball”.
Cai started performing in Midsummer Night’s Dream at Great Horwood Primary School before going on to appear in everything he could at Royal Latin.
“I was a bit of a show-boater. Royal Latin was great for drama. I’d try for parts in everything.”
Both his parents were actors – his mother Janthea Williams, appeared in The West End, Tales of the Unexpected and The Professionals while his father, Steve, was in Flash Gordon. Sister Rheya is a film director and younger brother Flyn, 13, hopes to be a writer.
Since leaving drama school Cai has shot an independent movie, The Telemachy, based on Homer’s Odyssey, which is being shown around international film festivals, and starred on London stage in Simon Gray’s Butley. He’s also hoping to appear in a new film being shot in South Africa in 2014. Another Country runs until October 19.