National Youth Theatre Success

In January, a number of girls across U4-U6 auditioned to be a part of the National Youth Theatre.

As a Company Member, successful applicants would be able to take part in workshops, short courses, professional productions and join a large group of young talented individuals. Many successful actors working in the West End in recent years have come through NYT, as well as notable alumni, Dame Helen Mirren, Colin Firth, Daniel Craig, Rosamund Pike and Zawe Ashton.

Four girls were accepted this year and will become Company Members until they turn 26 years of age. The successful students are Bibi (U4), Ruby (L5), Lydia (L5) and Zoe (L6).

Bibi performed as Emmett Forrest in last summer’s production of ‘Legally Blonde Jr’ and in our recent U4 production of ‘Tuesday’ while Zoe, an IB Theatre student, performed as Ignatious Dullfeet in the senior production of ‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’.

Ruby and Lydia were thrilled when they received their acceptance email on 6th May, alongside all other applicants across the country.

Ruby said: “When I found out I was beyond shocked. I believe it took quite some time before I really processed it but once it hit me I was ecstatic!”

Lydia added: “I screamed for a whole minute. But my happiness and shock soon turned into disbelief; I kept reading the email over and over again just to make sure it was real.”

Looking ahead to being a member, Lydia said: “I look forward to taking advantage of the numerous opportunities NYT has to offer; by participating in their shows and activities to gain acting experience. I also can’t wait to meet and bond with all the amazing and talented people there.”

Ruby agreed and said: “I’m really excited about the amazing opportunities that NYT offers, such as meeting new people, learning more about the industry and facing new challenges.”

Auditions for the National Youth Theatre take place every year, all around the country and students can apply each year from 14-26 years of age. Details about next year’s auditions will be shared towards in December or January.

Director of Drama Mr Phil Macken said: “We are thrilled for them all.