At 17, Ben has performed extensively in both the United Kingdom and Australia for many years. His credits include: You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy), High School Musical (Ryan), The Little Mermaid (Prince Eric), Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow), and Pirates of Penzance (Frederic). In 2015, Ben played the title role in Jesus Christ Superstar, earning him a nomination for ‘Best Young Performer’ in the Adelaide Theatre Guide 2015/16 ‘Curtain Call’ Awards. In May 2016, Ben performed as a supporting lead in the State Opera of South Australia’s award-winning world premiere production of Cloudstreet! at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Ben’s credits with the State Opera of South Australia also include Carmen (2011), and La Boheme (2012). Ben performs regularly with Independent Theatre, playing Peter Pan in John Logan's critically-acclaimed Peter and Alice in 2014, a 1920’s singing and dancing Jazz Singer in Rob Croser’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and the vivacious title role in their staged play-reading of Peter Schaffer's Amadeus. In May 2017, Ben produced and starred in Private Peaceful, the South Australian premiere of Simon Reade's one-man adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's novel, to critical acclaim.
Ben has won numerous Eisteddfods and vocal scholarships and has performed in venues such as Euro Disney, Hong Kong Disney, Sadlers Wells Theatre on London’s West End, and in The Royal Albert Hall. He has also featured in televised documentaries, including Totally Wild and Fifteen. Ben is currently in his final year at Scotch College, where he holds a Performing Arts Scholarship, and is Captain of Performing Arts. He is heavily involved in music, drama and vocal ensembles. Off stage, Ben’s accolades include director, musical director, orchestral conductor and producer. Ben has musically directed and orchestrally conducted several local productions, including Bugsy Malone and 13! The Musical with Adelaide Youth Theatre.
Ben is a co-founder of Promise Adelaide, and since its inception in October 2014, has provided opportunities for over 100 young performers whilst raising in excess of $15,000 for charities including beyondblue, The Cancer Council, The Heart Foundation and White Ribbon.
Ben is excited to be playing the 'glamourous but damaged son', Lord Sebastien Flyte in Independent Theatre's November production of Brideshead Revisited.
WHO OR WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START SINGING?
I can’t really pin-point a time when I was inspired to start singing. Mum tells me that I learnt to sing before I learnt to talk! I was four when I performed on a stage for the first time. My primary school in England were putting on a nativity play, and I was cast as the lead role. Obviously I didn’t realise the significance of the offer, as I didn’t think it important enough to tell my parents, and when I sang solo in front of 200 people one December evening, from what I am told, they nearly fell over in shock! I suppose, since then, singing has just been who I am, and there have been many performances and performers who have inspired me to keep pursuing my dreams.
FIVE MUSICIANS/BANDS YOU ADMIRE?
Tim Minchin (musical comedian, and composer of Matilda and Groundhog Day)
Andrea Bocelli (especially the time I saw him live at London’s 02 Arena: magical!)
Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer of Jesus Christ Superstar, Phantom of the Opera, and many, many more!)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composed more than 600 revolutionary works in his mere 35 years)
Josh Groban (his voice, musicianship, and good-humour)
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A GIG?
Sleep, steam, tea, vocal warmups, physical warm ups, and a large Hawaiian pizza. The usual.
MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT ON STAGE?
When I was 11, I had a solo performance at the Capri Theatre in support of Adelaide Sound Connection. I was singing "Not Alone", a beautiful song by Jayne Plumridge about Black Saturday and the Queensland floods in 2010/2011. I had recently sung the song at the Festival Theatre as an Assisting Artist, as part of the Public Primary Schools 'Festival of Music.' Thinking I had it in the bag, I didn't rehearse for the performance. Bad idea. I got up on stage in front of 300 people and had a complete mental blank, and with no experience in making lyrics up on the spot, I didn't sing a thing. I still have nightmares!
Another, more humorous moment, was in a show as part of the matinee series that are performed to schools audiences. I was in a dance routine which involved me doing an extravagant knee slide down to the front of the stage. In this particular show, my pants completely split open, and the students were left with a lot more than they bargained for!
WHAT DO YOU LOVE (OR OTHERWISE) ABOUT THE 60 FOUR MEMBERS?
I have known Kyle, Lachlan and Jordan for just under 10 years, and they are hands-down the most down to earth guys I have ever met. Lachlan has a dry wicked sense of humour, that I find absolutely hilarious. He's also very reliable, which is great to have in a group of absent-minded musicians. Jordan has an exquisite laugh, that is extremely contagious: he permeates a cheerfulness that can put you in a good mood in the first 15 minutes of a rehearsal. Kyle sings on the toilet.
Musically, the four of us have a mutual love and appreciation for the intricate harmonies that dominated the 60's music scene. My favourite moments are when we stand in a circle facing in on each other, and we perfect a tag - say, for instance, the end of 'Walk Like A Man'. We sing it over and over again, listening to each others tone and matching each others diction and vowel shapes, until it clicks, and there is a collective crescendo through the 'walk like a', and just the right amount go twang on the 'man!'. We usually laugh, sometimes cry, and always Snapchat it. Yay!