TWO talented young performers are celebrating after gaining a place on a prestigious course at The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Joseph Jameson, 17, from Tattenhall and Sir John Deane’s student Kat Humphrey, of Congleton, both completed successful auditions and beat off competition from thousands of other hopefuls to secure a place on training courses in London, where students are taught a range of skills and acting techniques by professionals.
Upon completing the training programme, Joseph and Kat will be eligible to audition for productions within the company, which are staged in London’s West End.
The National Youth Theatre has launched the careers of some of Britain’s biggest stars, including Dame Helen Mirren, Colin Firth and Jude Law. Doctor Who’s Matt Smith honed his acting skills there, and it was where David Walliams and Matt Lucas, of Little Britain fame, first met.
Joseph, a six former at Ellesmere College, Shropshire, said: “Becoming accepted as a member of The National Youth Theatre is a much coveted prize for any drama student. It is a marvellous platform for young actors and a number of established British performers have gained early experience in their productions.”
Ellesmere College head of drama Rachel Schubert said: “This is wonderful news. We encourage students to audition for the National Youth Theatre every year and it is fantastic to see Jo’s hard work rewarded like this. Acting is a demanding and competitive industry, but this success will significantly aid Jo with his acting ambitions.”
Rebeccah Homer, theatre studies tutor at Sir John Deane’s College, who has worked closely with Kat, a former Kings School pupil, said: “Kat is a talented young actor who has demonstrated her passion for performing within lessons, as well as through involvement with extra-curricular events within college. I am delighted to hear that she has secured this opportunity to develop her skills further.”