HE is clearly full of Eastern promise.
Talented Jay Jones impressed with his stint performing in China last year so much that he has been asked to hop on a plane out to the country again.
The 17-year-old is set to join fellow members of the National Youth Theatre in Shanghai this week.
He will spend three weeks in the city, drinking in the sights as well as being part of a unique performance at a prestigious car show.
But the student at Huddersfield’s Greenhead College will have to make time for another activity – revising for his exams.
The teenager, from Slaithwaite, said: “I really enjoyed myself last time and I can’t wait to get back out there.
“But I’ll have to pack my books as I’ve got 10 exams when I come back!”
Jay, from Slaithwaite, was honoured when he was picked to showcase his talents at China’s biggest new car show in Guangzhou for a week just before Christmas last year.
The young actor, who is also a talented gymnast and dancer, took part in a British-themed performance to promote the launch of the MG6 saloon.
It celebrated the brand’s UK roots and the actors took audiences through the iconic decades representing English heritage, from 1920s Charleston dancing to a homage to the Rolling Stones.
Jay, a student of the Bernadette Heys School of Theatre Dance in Marsden, took along his tuba to provide some music as well as wowing the crowds with his acrobatic backflips.
He made a big impression and when MG asked the National Youth Theatre back to perform again this year, he once again made the shortlist of desired performers to represent the renowned theatre company.
The group was enlisted to tour around China for two months to promote the unveiling of the car company’s two new models.
But Jay, currently studying for his A-levels in physics, chemistry, maths and further maths initially had to turn down the offer.
He said: “I’d had an amazing experience last time. I really enjoyed the spectacle of the shows and it was different to what I’d done before.
“I must have made an impression on the right people and it was a real honour to be asked to go to China twice.
“But while it was a great opportunity, I couldn’t miss two months of college as I’ll only get one chance to do my A-levels now.
“Then I got a phone call asking me to go and join them for three weeks at the end of the tour in Shanghai.
“I’m very lucky because I’ll get to take part in the big blowout performance at the end – and see a bit more of China than I did last time.”
Jay is now looking forward to showing off his trademark moves again in a brand new performance which he and his fellow actors will stage 35 times.
“I have so much respect for people like Daniel Craig and Helen Mirren who have come out of the National Youth Theatre and I will certainly do my best to do as well as them,” he said.