Star of Netflix series to speak at local school’s open days

Joe Ashman, image courtesy Loudbird PR

A star of a Netflix series will be taking part in a Q&A session at open days at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in October.

Joe Ashman, who stars in the Netflix series Free Rein, will be attending open days at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts on 4, 10 and 11 October and 8 November.

Ashman, a former Tring Park student, will be answering questions on his life at the school, how it has helped him to pursue a career in showbusiness and what it is like to be starring in a blockbuster Netflix series. Free Rein is a coming-of-age story about an American teenager, Zoe, and her summer of intrigue in the British countryside. Ashman plays the character of Callum 

Speaking about Ashman returning to the school for the Q&A sessions, principal Stefan Anderson said: “We are very pleased to welcome Joe back to Tring Park School to find out how his career in performing arts has progressed since he left. It will be really valuable for potential students visiting the school during the open days to find out how our school has provided the foundations for Joe to carve out such a successful career.

“It will also be exciting to hear about what it is like to start in a Netflix series and what the future holds for Joe.”

Ashman is among good company when it comes to alumni that have gone on to great success after their years at Tring Park School.

The school’s glittering alumni include Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), who started her training on the dance course at Tring Park, Lily James (Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, Disney’s CinderellaDownton Abbey and War and Peace), Jessica Brown-Findlay (Downton Abbey) and director and choreographer Drew McOnie, who won the 2016 Olivier Award for Best Theatre Choreographer for his work on In the Heights. Drew has also directed Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom in the West End, and King Kong on Broadway. 

Six current students aged between 15 and 18 are currently performing in the world premiere tour of Sir Matthew Bourne’s Romeo + Juliet, which is a passionate and contemporary reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic love story. 

Joe Griffiths-Brown, who graduated from Tring Park School last summer, has been cast in the role of swing in Hamilton! The role of swing means that Joe will be covering multiple roles in the musical. 

And former student Sofia Oxenham is currently playing the new character “feisty” Tess Tregidden in the latest series of BBC One’s Poldark

Tring Park School is both a day and boarding school for students aged eight to 19. Alongside a broad academic curriculum, the school offers courses in dance, acting and musical theatre to learners up to the age of 16. Sixth Form students are able to study Acting, Musical Theatre and Commercial Music up to age 18 while dancers can take a three-year course, graduating at age 19.

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