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    Mia Wins National Youth Theatre Place

    15-year-old accepted into world-leading company which counts Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren and James Bond actor Daniel Craig amongst its alumni.

    Fourth Form pupil Mia is one step closer to a career in the performing arts after winning a place on a National Youth Theatre (NYT) summer course. The 15-year-old beat hundreds of aspiring young actors in UK auditions to be accepted into the world-leading organisation - which counts Oscar-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren, James Bond actor Daniel Craig, and Luther star Idris Elba amongst its alumni.

    A delighted Mia said: “I was so shocked when I got in because I was one of the youngest in my group and I was quite nervous. The audition involved a three-hour theatre workshop, where I worked on different acting styles and explored physical theatre with people from the ages of 14 to 21. After that I had a separate audition, for which I had to learn a monologue. I’m really looking forward to the course and can’t wait to get started!”  

    Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and on-going uncertainty around travel and social distancing, this summer's NYT students will complete their studies online, working with inspirational directors and guest tutors. On successful completion of the skills-based programme Mia will become a company member, meaning that she can take part in NYT productions, workshops and masterclasses, and additionally benefit from access to TV and film castings.

    Mia’s GCSE Drama teacher Mrs Stephanie Lace said: “Mia displays an outstanding acting talent and contributes insightful and sensitive ideas to our Drama studies at school; she thoroughly deserves this success.”

    Head of Drama Mrs Jenny Webber added: “This is a big achievement for Mia and we’re very proud of her – she shone in our recent production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and we look forward to following her future progress!”