VIDEO: Theatre boffin’s first professional role in 30 years

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DAVID Chafer is no stranger to theatre.

The self-confessed ‘theatre nut’ has spent more than 30 years in the spotlight, taking on some of the juiciest roles in amateur productions.

David Chafer in rehearsals for his first professional role at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

David Chafer in rehearsals for his first professional role at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

And this week the Sheffield actor made his professional debut in ‘The Daughter-in-Law’ at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre.

“It’s the smallest part I’ve ever played, just a couple of lines, and yet it’s the most money I’ve ever made acting,” said David, who plays a taxi-driver in the production and is on stage for less than two minutes.

“If you actually break it down into pence per word, I’m working on an incredibly good rate!”

David was just a teenager when he caught the acting bug and has a long-running history with The Rotherham Amateur Repertory Company.

He works as a living history interpreter at the National Coal Mining Museum, where he plays historical characters for museum performances and school workshops.

“I’ve always loved acting, but for a long time, it was a hobby,” said David, aged 47, of Nether Edge.

“It was when I worked with Ruth Carney in 2009, on ‘Confessions of a City’ at The Crucible, that I really felt a desire to try and pursue it professionally.”

David was one of Ruth’s first students when she set up the Carney Academy in 2010, to share her West End experience with students.

* Daughter In Law closes on Saturday.