A former student from Boston is currently playing her second major role in a West End production.
Courtney Bowman was born and raised in Boston, and educated at Boston High School, is currently playing the role of Anne Boleyn in the West End production of Six, at The Lyric Theatre.
I've danced since I was five years old, and always enjoyed performing from there. I decided I wanted to do it as a career when I was about 15, and have always been very adamant. I didn't do any musicals, apart from Oliver at school when I was 18, but I did dance and variety shows with the Allen School of Dance, Dance Krazy and What Free Time. I auditioned on my 18th birthday for the Guilford School of Acting, and despite it being a long day, it was one of the best birthdays, as I got offered a place that day.
I love that I work in an industry that is also my passion, having consistently worked since 2016 when I graduated. The industry is incredible difficult and the only way from here is up. I can't wait to explore other career paths of acting.
People don't realise there's a lot more No's than Yes'. The amount of times people audition for shows, TV and film and they never hear back is just the norm for an actor. For someone who isn't an actor would find it weird that once the auditions done and dusted, you have to learn to detach yourself and not really think about it, and get on with the next one and let your agent do the calling! One minute you're in a project, but the next you could have the rug pulled from under you, and you're trying to work in a temp job until you book a gig.
In 10 years time, I see myself still working! I don't mind in what branch of acting, but yeah, beggars can't be choosers! I'd love to see a fill CV full of different projects. TV, Film, Plays, more musicals. I would also by then probably be teaching. I do online coaching at the moment... love a shameless plug! 😉😉Courtney BowmanAnne Boleyn - SIX The Musical
Courtney has performed in four professional theatrical productions so far in her career. Before her current role, she performed the role of Fatimah in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie at the Apollo Theatre.
Although the Musical Theatre industry is a hard one to crack, I never had any doubt that Courtney would perform in London's West End. Through determination, hard work and intoxicating personality, she got to the top. I'm very proud. It's every teacher's dream to have given a student a hand up the ladder of success. Courtney is a naturally gifted performer and everyone that encouraged her to chase her dream can be proud.Barbara BrownDance Krazy
Six is a British musical with book, music, and lyrics by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. The musical is a modern retelling of the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII presented as a pop concert, as the wives take turns singing and telling their story to see who suffered the most due to Henry and should, therefore, become the group’s lead singer.
The musical was first presented by Cambridge University students at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017. It has since gone on to professional productions in the West End, establishing itself at the Arts Theatre before moving to its current temporary home at The Lyric Theatre, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the additional spacing required.
See Courtney in action in BBC One’s recent documentary featuring some of the greatest West End productions.