Mateo prepares for gruelling Shakespeare tour

Published: 26 August 2011 at 15:38

Anglia Ruskin student to perform ‘the Scottish play’ in the United States

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Anglia Ruskin University student Mateo Oxley is preparing for a gruelling September, which will be spent touring a Shakespeare play across nine venues in the United States.

Under the Patronage of Dame Judi Dench, Cambridge American Stage Tour (CAST) has given student actors the chance to tread the boards in the US over the last 12 years, and this year’s production of Macbeth will visit Maryland, New York State, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina and Florida.

Mateo, who is about to begin his third year at Anglia Ruskin, will be playing the part of Macduff, as well as understudying the role of Macbeth. The 21-year-old, who lives near Jesus Green in Cambridge, said:

“I auditioned for the CAST production of Macbeth earlier this year having caught wind of an opportunity to tour America with a Shakespeare play.

“I never in my wildest dreams expected to get in as there were over 200 people auditioning and only nine roles up for grabs. The tour is hugely popular and I don’t think I really knew what I was getting myself in for.

“We’ll be touring along the East Coast of the US – flying out to New York and ending up in Miami – performing at colleges, universities and professional theatres along the way. I’m playing the role of Macduff and will also be understudying Macbeth, which means a frightening amount of lines to learn!

“It’s challenging but I don’t see the point of doing anything that won’t push me or help me become a better actor. You never really stop learning, you never know it all!”

Despite his love of acting – Mateo has been performing in theatre groups since he was seven – he’s studying for a BA (Hons) in Popular Music rather than Performing Arts.

Mateo, who will also be appearing in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at the Corpus Christi Playroom in November, explained:

“I didn’t act at all in my first year at Anglia Ruskin. Music has always been a huge part of my life and I knew that just because I was studying Music that wouldn’t stop me from treading the boards when I wanted to return to it.

“My course is absolutely fantastic; it’s essentially a mixture of the history, sociology, business, art, politics, and technology of music all rolled into one.”

Although he’s the only Anglia Ruskin student taking part in the CAST trip to the United States, Mateo hopes that his involvement will encourage others to follow his lead and get involved in Cambridge-wide productions.

“Most Anglia Ruskin students don’t know that they can audition for productions outside of the university but there are a plethora of opportunities waiting at Cambridge University and beyond, you just need to be proactive and get yourself in the loop,”

said Mateo.

“I’m now looking forward to flying the flag for Anglia Ruskin across the pond!”

The US tour is bookended by performances at the ADC Theatre on Park Street in Cambridge from 1-3 September and 4-8 October. For further information, and to book tickets, phone 01223 300085 or visit