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Rodrigo, star of stage and screen

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There is more to Rodrigo, selfavowed architectural student and star of Blind Date, than Katherine Shonfield (AJ 19.2.98), or even Cilla, could ever imagine.

Born in El Salvador and raised in Wigan (which explains the change from 'Rodrigo' to 'Rod'), he was president of ANSA, the Association of Nottingham Students of Architecture, the recipient of a good BA Honours degree at Part I, and the star, in a short skirt and black-and-white hooped tights, of a satirical Christmas pantomime, The Wizard of O Nottingham, performed in 1994. In this he portrayed Brenda (Vale), the good tutor, who, with the help of a magic T-square and a book on green architecture, destroyed evil Deconstruction. As a memorable encore he sang, with a bespectacled and moustachioed Robert Vale lookalike Tim Allen-Booth, a heart-breaking rendition of I Can't Live Without You.

With such diverse talent, only one London school, as Katherine Shonfield correctly deduced, could hold our Rod: the Bartlett.


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