He saw three performances by groups of students, who presented pieces they had devised as part of their degree studies.
And he decided to stay on longer than scheduled yesterday to talk to them after the formalities.
“They were prepared, committed and very generous in what they did.” he said.
Asked if there were any budding Sir Patrick Stewart’s among them, he replied: “The acting profession is very challenging, and success is so hard to achieve, but I always say to students that a combination of commitment, hard work, self-belief and the courage to take risks will bring them success.”
Sir Patrick said it was important that actors made themselves heard. “There is a fashion among young actors for not communicating effectively. “I did a scene 18 months ago with an actor and I had to be given an earpiece because I could not hear his dialogue. This lack of communication is becoming a real problem, and it bothers me a lot,” he said.
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Sir Patrick revealed that not everything always goes straightforward, even for a seasoned veteran like himself.
During his performance of No Man's Land in Sheffield last night, one of his speeches involved flowers but he couldn’t remember what they were, so he started making them up. “I thought what the hell am I talking about. Oh, how embarrassing, but the audience never knew anything had gone wrong,” he added.