22 July, 2021
Gazza's Goss: Shaun… sure does cram
THERE’S maybe ‘No Business Like Show Business’ but for Shaun Cram, star of the Clink Theatre’s ‘Cram It On Broadway’ there’s a whole heap more going on behind the scenes.
So, let’s find out a little more about the Douglas’ most loved thespian.
A ‘Wey-Aye Man’ would be the appropriate way to greet Shaun having been born in Hebburn on Industrial South Tyneside in north east England.
He was just 10 when first lured by the smell of grease paint and finding out that the stage was his happy place.
On leaving school, however, he eventually fell into Nursing, some 35 years ago. Shaun studied as a hospital trained nurse and went on to gain a degree and many other postgraduate qualifications including teacher training.
With his underlying passion for the bright lights of the stage, Shaun decided to formally train as an actor, so auditioned and won a place at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) London.
To escape 41 British winters, he emigrated to the Douglas Shire in 2004 and got involved with The Clink Theatre, working on productions with his late friend and mentor, Jack Heywood.
He has also performed with the Cairns Choral Society and at The Rondo Theatre.
Shaun’s other true passion is giving back to the community and has served on the committee of the Port Douglas Neighbourhood Centre, has taught Fire Safety to the staff there and speaks on Men’s Health issues at The Men’s Shed.
This busy man also has been MC at fundraisers for the Leukaemia Foundation, KIND, Pink in The Tropics and Mossman Hospital, Friends of The Foundation.
To pay the mortgage, Shaun’s a Nurse Educator at Mossman Hospital where he has a passion for the education and development of Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing and Midwifery Staff.
He also loves to teach and encourage people to learn stagecraft and acting on the stage.
Shaun’s annual ‘Cram It on Broadway’, encourages emerging talent along with experienced performers to showcase their talents in Musical Theatre.
All proceeds support the Clink and Jack Heywood Memorial Arts Fund.
Catch Shaun on stage tonight (Friday) or tomorrow at the Clink Theatre.
I’m off to the Clink Theatre website to organise my tickets, so for now it’s Gazza signing out.
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