Channel 4’s It’s a Sin actor takes over Sandbach drama school

An actor who starred in Channel 4’s It’s a Sin has started a new role with a Cheshire drama school.

Actor and writer David Gregan-Jones, who had a part in last year’s series of It’s a Sin, will take up the role as the principal of local drama school Carney Academy in Sandbach from January 8.

Gregan-Jones returned to his childhood home of Sandbach last summer after filming his part as activist Paul Jukes in the award-winning AIDS drama.

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Gregan-Jones was already leading lessons with students aged six right through to 17 every Saturday, but he’s also now introducing a programme of courses for adults wanting to break into film, TV and theatre.

The newly established ‘Carney Studio’ offering includes scriptwriting, acting and musical theatre masterclasses led by associate experts, but also weekly grown-up group drama classes and group singing for all ages, based in Sandbach town centre.

On the launch, Gregan-Jones said: “The younger students I work with every Saturday morning give me so much – there’s nothing quite like working with their energy, and getting glimpses of their potential.

“After twenty years of training and working in the industry though, I see ambition and raw talent as knowing no age limit. I want to create more learning opportunities for professionals, but also those with even a nugget of interest; or maybe those who just want to come together and belt out a good song.”

Carney Academy originally came to Sandbach in 2017, with founder and professional director Ruth Carney.

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Ruth continues to oversee the Academy as its managing director, drawing on her experience from the West End and Broadway, and directing TV favourites such as Casualty, Emmerdale and Death in Paradise.

On the Academy’s new direction, Carney said: “The world has been upside down for the last two years. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we’re desperate to reconnect, and that we’ve got a new perspective on life – so many of us are ready to pursue something totally different.

“We’re so excited to bring all this to our community, to help Sandbach residents share in something uplifting. We’re also on the edge of our seats to understand what untapped talent lies in our town.”

Cheshire Live – Cheshire