Akeem Poyser lands role in new comedy 'Bad Breed'
You may have seen actor Akeem Poyser in the popular spoof 'Yaadicus', which went viral online this year.
"That was an experiment which went very well. Eventually, I want to do a film with the same concept. I wrote it, directed and acted in it. The film 'blew up' online, over 60,000 views and almost a million plus on Facebook," he said.
This Christmas, he is playing a 17-year-old Jason James in the new Jamstage Productions play Bad Breed, a character who is estranged from his father, and whose hormones are in overdrive.
"I am a 24-year-old playing a 17-year-old who wants to be 24, very complex," he said, laughing.
Poyser grew up between the towns of Little London and Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland, where he attended Unity Primary and then Manning's High school.
While at high school, he joined a dance group which performed at the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission's Mello Go Round in 2008 and 2009.
He matriculated to the Edna Manley College of the Performing Arts, where he started the drama in education diploma course, before switching to theatre arts.
Needing to earn money to help defray the cost of education, he began to audition for roles.
He landed a role as Diamond Francis in the play Courthouse Drama, then he landed successful roles in University of Delcita and Joint Tenants, where he impressed as Mr Tight Pocket.
Later, he won the respect of playwright David Tulloch, who had seen him in a one-man play called Delucination in 2015. Tulloch immediately signed him.
Poyser has racked up much experience in a short span of time. He did a musical, At the Barricades, made appearances in plays such as Praya Partna and Risque, then the x-rated Threesome.
"I am not sure I would do Threesome again, it was a great challenge. The content was x-rated, girl-on-girl action; it was the first time I was ever naked onstage. It was unnerving but I got great reviews," he said.