Patrick Munday

Age: 18

Current Occupation and Country of Residence:
Student, Thailand/England

What is your history with Faust?
I started off in Stage Group and I performed in The Government Inspector and Romeo and Juliet. During my time with Faust I also worked as a Student Leader.

What is your earliest Faust memory?
My earliest memory was turning up for the first Stage Group workshop of the term. I remember walking in 30 minutes later than everyone else. Everyone was sitting in a circle and I thought that my chances to make any friends were blown. But thankfully everyone was incredibly welcoming. I felt right at home!

What is your favorite Faust memory?
The second year I did Stage Group I had taken my filter off and was rampant with immature jokes and witty comments. Almost every time we’d sit down in a circle someone would break out a pun. Usually involving the use of Keon’s name, e.g, Keon-u Reeves, Keon-versation.

What was your biggest challenge in participating and leading in drama workshops and productions?
I think the biggest challenge in participating for me was to work with other people that also had huge personalities. At first I didn’t quite get the hang of it, but I kept an open mind and it did me a lot of good. I’m as impatient as they come, but I soon realised that everything isn’t solved at the flip of a coin.

What did you gain from your experience at Faust as a student and / or as a Leader?
My experience at Faust taught me to have patience, be present and amongst other things be confident in myself. On the exterior I’m quite the confident person. I’m well aware that I can even come off as arrogant. In reality, I doubt my skills as much as everyone else. Faust helped me break down that wall. Thanks to that I’m comfortable and confident with my skills and even more passionate than before.

How did studying Drama and Theatre impact your life?
Before drama and theatre I never really felt that I was particularly good at anything. As soon as I started I never stopped, I felt as if my eyes were opened. There was something that I loved and I didn’t want to do anything else. I haven’t run out of things that interest me in theatre and I don’t think I ever will.

What was the most valuable piece of advice you got from a director / leader at Faust?
After crying my eyes out at the end of a production a wise man once told me, “You are a fire on stage.” At this point in time I had just been rejected from drama school and feeling down in the dumps. That comment picked me right up and when I hit a brick wall I just remember that exact moment.

How would you describe Faust to someone new to drama and theatre?
It may seem scary at first, but Faust changed my life. It built my skills as an actor and taught me a lot about believing in myself. It also gave me a wonderful group of friends that I can trust with anything. I’d highly recommend it, just give it a go!

Patrick Munday

“My experience at Faust
taught me to have patience,
be present and amongst other
things be confident in myself.”

Patrick Munday

Patrick Munday