Lewis Goody of Ivybridge is building a stage career
VARIETY is the stuff of life for actor Lewis Goody.
He went from working on a building site to training at one of the UK's top drama schools.
Since then all the world – well a couple of countries in Europe – has been a stage.
He's just finished making a song and dance of Shakespeare in one of the highest-profile summer shows in London.
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Next he's up for a part in a musical.
But it's the Bard who floats his boat.
"When you go through a good stage school you try everything so you are confident singing, dancing and acting," says Lewis.
"I really love Shakespeare the most, though."
Lewis, 24, has been appearing in A Winter's Tale at the Regent's Park open air theatre this summer.
"Every year they do a Shakespeare, rearranged and aimed at family a audiences. It's cut down, still using his text, but with lots of singing and dancing and audience interaction."
In the romantic comedy of mixed-up identity Lewis played two parts. In the opening he was Antigonus, whose demise is heralded by one of the most famous stage directions: "Exit, pursued by a bear."
He made a happier return as the prince and romantic lead, Florizel.
The shaken-up Shakespeare called for Lewis to play a ukele while singing a love song, get involved in a dance-off and do some rapping, as well as delivering lies in more conventional fashion.
Lewis is well used to playing away from the norm, though.
One job took him to Scandinavia where he filmed a romance – a television advert for the Norwegian postal service.
Another saw Lewis doing an ad for a British tea company in Prague to be shown on Czech TV.
British actors doing commercials out of the UK – and in foreign languages – isn't as odd as it sounds.
"You do them because you don't want to risk losing work in the UK," he says.
"You might miss out on a TV job here if you were in an advert that was running on British TV."
The month-long Regent's Park production, given to audiences of 1,200 at a time, has helped push him into the spotlight.
The play was named by influential magazine Time Out as the number-one children's show to see in London this summer.
Lewis hopes to follow that up with the role in the musical. The name of the show is under wraps.
It adds up to an encouraging start to his professional career for Lewis, who grew up in Ivybridge with no stage experience in the family background.
His mum Kay is a beauty therapist and dad Peter is a builder.
He joined the Theatre Royal Plymouth's Young Company because wanted an interest outside school.
He later studied stage work at what is now City College Plymouth.
Out of college and off the stage he worked in a supermarket and a building site before going to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
He's no longer the only member of the Goody clan on stage. Younger sister Daisy has just finished her first year at Central School of Speech and Drama, London.