This award was set up in memory of Robert Tunstall, a Central alumnus who excelled in Shakespeare and verse-speaking. It is awarded annually to student who is judged to be the ‘most promising verse-speaker’.
VALUE OF AWARD: £500
NUMBER OF AWARDS: 1
APPLICATION DETAILS: Students will be nominated for this award by faculty staff in the first instance. All nominations will be reviewed in the Autumn Term by an academic panel consisting of members of their relevant course team.
ABOUT ROBERT TUNSTSALL: Robert Tunstall (1933-2005) came to Central after reading English at University College Oxford. He very much enjoyed his time at Central and won the Spotlight Award in 1957 (together with Judi Dench).
During his career, Robert acting at most of the theatres in the country where he won a reputation as a consummate professional and a quiet, reflective performer. He appeared in the West End many times and, towards the end of his career, he performed at the National Theatre in productions included the David Hare trilogy, ‘After the Fall’, and ‘Johnny on the Spot’. Further afield, Robert relished the challenge of playing an Irish priest in an all Irish cast). Having played the part of Father Jack in The National Theatre’s production of ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ at the Phoenix Theatre, he was then invited to recreate his performance at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. He was then invited to perform the role for a performance to celebrate Brian Friel’s birthday in his home town Glenties, Donnegal.
His wife Sheila has chosen to establish this award in memory of Robert. Robert excelled and particular loved Shakespeare and verse-speaking. For this reason, the award is given to a second year acting student who is judged to be the most promising verse-speaker.