David trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and for many years worked as an actor, which included (at a young age) appearing in the Royal Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Rudolf Nureyev. He has also appeared in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element as well as several British theatre and television productions. For several years David worked as an Associate Lecturer at Drama Centre / Central St Martin’s running their screenwriting module for final year acting students, which involved facilitating group work for students, script development and dramaturgy.
For over a decade he has been involved with homeless charities, mainly at St Mungo’s, as a life-skills coach, ranging through cookery, creative and dramatic writing, and – using his own previous experience as a drummer with the punk band VeeVV https://myspace.com/vvvee - drumming.
Having experienced homelessness himself, getting involved with homeless charities felt the right thing to do; it has helped with his own recovery.
The drumming sessions he has run at The Recovery College at St Mungo’s is a group activity. It is bringing people together - with or without drumming skills. We help each other to focus on a rhythm, to loosen all our tensions and create our own soundscape.
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