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8th May 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Awards | Students

BOVTS student Georgia Frost wins Alan Bates Award

Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Georgia Frost, winner of the 2017 Alan Bates Award! The award was created in honour of Alan Bates, patron of the Actors Centre from 1994 to 2004. Georgia’s win follows a 4-stage application and audition process culminating in an audition and interview in the final round in front […]

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Congratulations to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Georgia Frost, winner of the 2017 Alan Bates Award!

The award was created in honour of Alan Bates, patron of the Actors Centre from 1994 to 2004. Georgia’s win follows a 4-stage application and audition process culminating in an audition and interview in the final round in front of a panel of industry practitioners. The winner receives a prize bundle designed to equip the winning graduate with everything they will need to launch themselves as a professional working actor.

Five of the six finalists were Conservatoire school students – Afolabi Alli (BOVTS), Georgia Frost (BOVTS), Angus Imrie (LAMDA), Ross O’Donnellan (BOVTS) and Tok Stephen (RADA). All the finalists will benefit from the “You and Me” mentoring opportunity offered by the Actors Centre, a scheme which pairs each graduate with experienced actors.

Olivier Award-winner Noma Dumezweni presented Georgia with the award at the Actors Centre ceremony.

On what the Award means to her, Georgia said: “I think it’s important to feel empowered when you go into the industry and feel like you have a support network around you. Receiving this Award makes me feel like I have a base, a mentor and friends. A set up to put me in the right state of mind. As a woman it’s hard for us, we are on our way to equality but we need to keep pushing, and having this network and having this support will be that thing that will lift me up and help me go far. I feel really lucky, I feel just so lucky.”

Image below: 2017 finalists Afolabi Alli, Adam Boardman, Georgia Frost, Angus Imrie, Ross O’Donnellan and Tok Stephen.

Alan Bates Award finalists 2017

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4th May 2017

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – May 2017

At the Royal Court this month, Imogen Knight, alumna of Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, directs Nuclear War, playing until 6 May. National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Daniel Ash and Charlee DeBolla perform in Soho at the Peacock Theatre, Sadlers Wells, from 6 – 20 May. The production was […]

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At the Royal Court this month, Imogen Knight, alumna of Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary Dance School, directs Nuclear War, playing until 6 May.

National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Daniel Ash and Charlee DeBolla perform in Soho at the Peacock Theatre, Sadlers Wells, from 6 – 20 May. The production was originally devised with National Centre students in collaboration with Circa.

Central School of Ballet graduate and choreographer Kenneth Tindall brings new Northern Ballet production Casanova to Sadlers Wells on 9 – 13 May, starring dancer and fellow Central graduate Hannah Bateman.

Also at Sadlers, Rambert present a Triple Bill on 16 – 20 May. The company features dancers Sharia Johnson, Vanessa Kang, Jacob O’Connell, Adam Park, Stephan Quildan, Kym Sojourna, Stephen Wright (Rambert School), Pierre Tappon (LCDS), and Brenda Lee Grech (CSB).

Opening on 2 May, LAMDA graduate Isabella Nefar takes the lead role in Salome at the National Theatre. The cast also features Roseanna Frascona (LAMDA) and Philip Arditti (RADA).

Fly Davis (RADA) is Designer for How My Light Is Spent at the Manchester Royal Exchange, playing until 13 May.

Emma Rice’s Summer of Love season continues at the Globe with Romeo & Juliet, now playing until 9 July. Kirsty Bushell (LAMDA) stars as Juliet opposite Edward Hogg (RADA) as Romeo. Fellow graduates Tim Chipping (LAMDA) and Jonathan Livingstone (RADA) join the cast.

Following a successful West End run, Nell Gwynn returns to the Globe Theatre 2 – 13 May. The cast features Esh Alladi, Pandora Clifford (LAMDA) and Clive Hayward (BOVTS).

RADA alumna Eve Best stars in Live in Idleness at the Apollo Theatre, playing from 11 May – 1 July.

Laura dos Santos (LAMDA) features in The Sum, the latest production from the Liverpool Everyman Company, playing 6 – 20 May. The company follows up with Romeo & Juliet from 27 May – 7 June, which also features Tom Kanji and George Caple (RADA).

Phil Cheadle (RADA) and Natalie Simpson (LAMDA) feature in The Cardinal at Southwark Playhouse, playing until 27 May.

Also at the Southwark, Jai Morjaria (RADA) is Lighting Designer for A Lie of the Mind, playing 4 – 27 May. The cast features Gethin Anthony (LAMDA), Kate Fahy (BOVTS), and Laura Rogers (RADA).

2016 Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduates Michelle Fox, Eleanor Jackson and Jessica Temple feature in Medea at the Bristol Old Vic, running from 5 – 27 May.

Billy Howle (BOVTS) and Joshua James (RADA) feature in Life of Galileo at the Young Vic from 6 May – 24 June. Javier de Frutos (LCDS) is Movement Director for the production.

Geoffrey Lumb and Byron Mondahl (BOVTS) feature in the RSC’s production of Vice Versa at Stratford-upon-Avon, playing 11 May – 9 September.

Nancy Carroll (LAMDA) features in Woyzeck at the Old Vic, playing from 13 May – 24 June.

On screen, don’t miss the return of ITV’s The Durrells, based on Gerald Durrell’s memoirs of the family’s move to Corfu in the 1930s to start a new life. Josh O’Connor (BOVTS) and Callum Woodhouse (LAMDA) reprise their roles as brothers Larry and Leslie. Airing Sunday nights 8pm.

 

BBC Two’s adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s play King Charles III airs on Wednesday 10 May at 9pm. A chance to see Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus, Tim Pigott-Smith, who sadly died last month, star in a role he performed over 400 times on stage. Charlotte Riley (LAMDA) stars as Kate Middleton.

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24th April 2017

CDD | Students

Government confirms funding for EU students for 2018 to 2019

The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019. The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will […]

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The government has confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

EU students are eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students.

Full details of this announcement can be found at www.gov.uk/government/news/government-confirms-funding-for-eu-students-for-2018-to-2019.

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15th April 2017

Central School of Ballet | LCDS | NSCD | Rambert School | Dance | Alumni | Students

Studio Wayne McGregor announces alumni selected for artist development programmes

Conservatoire dance school graduates have been announced as participants of FreeSpace and PEER, two of Studio Wayne McGregor‘s artist development programmes. FreeSpace is a new artist development and community engagement programme that offers studio space free of charge for creation, research and rehearsal. In return FreeSpace artists will give their time and expertise to deliver creative engagement projects within schools and […]

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Conservatoire dance school graduates have been announced as participants of FreeSpace and PEER, two of Studio Wayne McGregor‘s artist development programmes.

FreeSpace is a new artist development and community engagement programme that offers studio space free of charge for creation, research and rehearsal. In return FreeSpace artists will give their time and expertise to deliver creative engagement projects within schools and communities. This programme will support artists to explore innovation in new directions, form an artists’ incubation and innovation community, and provide inspiring learning opportunities led by professional practising artists to thousands of participants each year.

The first year’s cohort of FreeSpace artists includes the following alumni: Richard Chappell (Rambert School), Laila Diallo (LCDS), Eleesha Drennan (NSCD), James Cousins Company (LCDS), Freddie Opoku-Addaie (LCDS), and New Movement Collective, which includes Robin Gladwin (Central School of Ballet), Jonathan Goddard (Rambert), Anthony Missen (NSCD), Patricia Okenwa (Rambert School), and Joe Walking (LCDS).

PEER is a year-long mentoring programme for final year vocational dance students and recent graduates. Participants will take part in company class and creative labs, professional development sessions by Studio Wayne McGregor staff, and mentoring by Company Wayne McGregor dancers, to gain exposure to life as a professional dancer and develop a peer network. The first cohort of PEER participants includes student Brittanie Dillon, currently in her third year at Central School of Ballet, and London Contemporary Dance School graduate Richard Pye.

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13th April 2017

BOVTS | Drama | Film & Television

BOVTS graduate Pearl Mackie makes her Doctor Who debut

Doctor Who returns this Saturday with the Series 10 premiere – and we’ll be looking out for brand new companion, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Pearl Mackie! Pearl plays Bill Potts: Bill works at St Luke’s University, serving chips to students, and nothing ever, ever happens. Then, one day, she finds there’s another world […]

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Doctor Who returns this Saturday with the Series 10 premiere – and we’ll be looking out for brand new companion, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School graduate Pearl Mackie!

Pearl plays Bill Potts: Bill works at St Luke’s University, serving chips to students, and nothing ever, ever happens. Then, one day, she finds there’s another world beneath the one she knows.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?

Episode 1 – The Pilot – will air on BBC1 on Saturday 15th April at 7:20pm.

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11th April 2017

BOVTS | LAMDA | RADA | Drama | Alumni | Awards | Film & Television

Drama school graduates nominated for TV BAFTA Awards 2017

Nominations for this year’s Television BAFTA Awards were announced this morning by Michaela Coel and Andrew Buchan, with graduates from all three Conservatoire drama schools up for awards. Nikki Amuka-Bird (LAMDA) is nominated for Leading Actress for her role in the BBC’s adaptation of Zadie Smith novel NW. NW, which co-starred RADA graduate Phoebe Fox, […]

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Nominations for this year’s Television BAFTA Awards were announced this morning by Michaela Coel and Andrew Buchan, with graduates from all three Conservatoire drama schools up for awards.

Nikki Amuka-Bird (LAMDA) is nominated for Leading Actress for her role in the BBC’s adaptation of Zadie Smith novel NW. NW, which co-starred RADA graduate Phoebe Fox, is also nominated for Single Drama.

Benedict Cumberbatch (LAMDA) receives his fifth TV BAFTA nomination, this year nominated for Leading Actor for his role as Richard III in The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses.

John Lithgow (LAMDA) and Daniel Mays (RADA) go head to head in the Supporting Actor category. John Lithgow is nominated for his role as Winston Churchill in Netflix series The Crown, and Daniel Mays for BBC police drama Line of Duty.

Olivia Colman (BOVTS) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (RADA) receive nominations for Female Performance in a Comedy Programme, both for their roles in BBC3 comedy Fleabag.

Fleabag, written by Waller-Bridge, is also nominated for Scripted Comedy.

Graduates also featured in all four of the nominations for Drama Series: The Crown (John Lithgow, LAMDA), The Durrells (Josh O’Connor, BOVTS, and Callum Woodhouse, LAMDA), Happy Valley (Julie Hesmondhalgh, LAMDA, James Norton & Katherine Kelly, RADA, Vincent Franklin, BOVTS) and War and Peace (James Norton & Jessie Buckley, RADA, Jim Broadbent & Brian Cox, LAMDA).

Winners will be announced at a ceremony broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 14 May. Good luck to all the nominees!

 

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10th April 2017

BOVTS | LAMDA | NSCD | RADA | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Awards

Olivier Awards for RADA graduates Kenneth Branagh and Jamie Parker

Congratulations to RADA graduates Kenneth Branagh and Jamie Parker on their Olivier Awards! RADA President and graduate Sir Kenneth Branagh was presented with the Special Award at the 2017 Olivier Awards on Sunday for his outstanding contribution to British theatre. Jamie Parker won Best Actor for his performance in the title role as the now […]

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Congratulations to RADA graduates Kenneth Branagh and Jamie Parker on their Olivier Awards!

RADA President and graduate Sir Kenneth Branagh was presented with the Special Award at the 2017 Olivier Awards on Sunday for his outstanding contribution to British theatre.

Jamie Parker won Best Actor for his performance in the title role as the now grown-up boy wizard in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Overall, the show won a record nine awards out of its 11 nominations, including Best Director and Best New Play.

We were delighted to see New Adventures win the award for Best Entertainment and Family for The Red Shoes – congratulations to Matthew Bourne, Artistic Advisor to Central School of Ballet, and London Contemporary Dance School graduate Etta Murfitt!

Conservatoire graduates were nominated in dance and drama categories for this year’s awards, with a Best New Dance Production nomination for Akram Khan (NSCD), Best New Comedy nominations for Mischief Theatre (LAMDA) and Mark Rylance (RADA), two Best Set Design nominations for Bob Crowley (BOVTS), Best Actress in a Musical nomination for the cast of The Girls including Debbie Chazen (LAMDA) and Joanna Riding (BOVTS), and Best Actress nominations for Glenda Jackson (RADA) and Ruth Wilson (LAMDA).

The ceremony will be broadcast on ITV, Tuesday 11 April, at 8pm.

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3rd April 2017

BOVTS | Central School of Ballet | LAMDA | LCDS | National Centre for Circus Arts | NSCD | RADA | Rambert School | Circus Arts | Dance | Drama | Stage Management & Technical Theatre | Alumni | Film & Television | Performances and Exhibitions

Alumni round-up – April 2017

Alumni on stage Choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumna Rosie Kay presents her latest work, MK Ultra, now on tour until 18 May. The company features dancers Ryan Munroe, Oliver Russell (LCDS), Shelley Eva Haden and João Maio (NSCD). BalletBoyz are on tour with Life, performing this month at Northern Stage, Newcastle (6 – […]

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Alumni on stage

Choreographer and London Contemporary Dance School alumna Rosie Kay presents her latest work, MK Ultra, now on tour until 18 May. The company features dancers Ryan Munroe, Oliver Russell (LCDS), Shelley Eva Haden and João Maio (NSCD).

BalletBoyz are on tour with Life, performing this month at Northern Stage, Newcastle (6 – 8 April) and Eden Court, Inverness (11 April). The company includes dancers Edward Pearce, Simone Donati, Bradley Waller, Jordan Robson (Rambert School), and Josh Wild (NSCD).

Choreographer and Northern School of Contemporary Dance alumna Tamsin Fitzgerald brings the latest 2Faced Dance triple bill, Run, to The Place on 4 – 5 April. The company features dancers Jason Boyle, Ed Warner, Louis Parker-Evans (NSCD), Kai Tomioka (CSB, NSCD), and Jack Humphrey (LCDS).

Jasmin Vardimon’s Pinocchio is back on tour from 18 April, with dancers Emma Farnell-Watson and Stefania Sotiropoulou (LCDS) in the cast.

Jonzi D (LCDS) returns to Sadler’s Wells on 28 – 29 April to curate Breakin Convention 17, the world’s biggest festival of hip hop dance.

National Centre for Circus Arts graduates Barely Methodical Troupe present their latest show Kin at the Arts Depot on Thursday 20 April.

Silver Lining, another National Centre graduate company, present a brand new cabaret night Foundation, inspired by historical women from Anne Frank to Rosa Parks to Madonna, at Jackson’s Lane Friday 28 and Saturday 29 April.

Central School of Ballet graduates Zoe Arshamian, James Butcher, and Katie Deacon join the cast of new musical An American In Paris at the Dominion Theatre, booking until 30 September. The production features Set and Costume Design by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumnus Bob Crowley, and RADA graduate Luke Chambers is Assistant Stage Manager.

The Everyman Company continues its repertory season at the Liverpool Everyman with family adventure The Story Giant, featuring actor Tom Kanji (RADA) in the cast.

RSC and Hull Truck Theatre co-production The Hypocrite transfers to Stratford-upon-Avon this month, playing until 29 April. RADA alumnus Mark Addy stars and is joined by fellow graduates Asif Khan and Neil D’Souza.

Watford Palace Theatre presents a new musical production of Jodie Smith’s classic coming of age story I Capture the Castle, now playing until 22 April. Graduates Lowri Izzard (RADA) and Isaac Stanmore (BOVTS) star as Cassandra and Stephen.

Following a UK tour, Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s The Wipers Times – the story of the satirical newspaper created in the mud and mayhem of the Somme – transfers to the Arts Theatre until 13 May. Featuring LAMDA graduates George Kemp, Kevin Brewer, Peter Losasso, and Jake Morgan.

The Pleasance Theatre presents an all-female production of Laura Wade’s Posh, with graduates Molly Hanson (BOVTS), Verity Kirk (RADA) and Macy Nyman (LAMDA) joining the cast. Playing until 22 April.

James McArdle (RADA) stars in the National Theatre’s production of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, opening on 11 April. The cast also features dance graduates Laura Caldow (Central School of Ballet), Stan West (NSCD, LCDS), Claire Lambert and Lewis Wilkins (LCDS).

Also at the National, Anna Maxwell Martin (LAMDA) stars in Consent, where friends take opposing briefs in a rape case. The cast features Priyanga Burford, Daisy Haggard (LAMDA) and Pip Carter (RADA). Now playing until 17 May.

Ben Starr (LAMDA) appears in Caste at the Finborough Theatre, marking the 150th anniversary of T. W. Robertson’s 1867 comedy, 2 – 18 April.

Manish Gandhi (LAMDA) stars in Natives, a play that celebrates coming of age online in a chaotic world, at the Southwark Playhouse until 22 April. John Ross (LCDS) is Movement Director for the production.

Aaron Anthony (BOVTS), Anthony Calf (LAMDA) and Kate Kennedy (RADA) join the cast of Twelfth Night at the Manchester Royal Exchange, 13 April – 20 May.

2017 graduate Niall Wright (BOVTS) joins the cast of Jez Butterworth’s new play The Ferryman at the Royal Court, playing from 24 April – 20 May.

Jai Morjaria (RADA) is Lighting Designer for A Village of Romeo and Juliet, touring the UK from 22 March.

The Almeida Theatre presents Martin Crimp’s contemporary satire The Treatment, with Indira Varma, Ellora Torchia (RADA), Hara Yannas, and Matthew Needham (LAMDA) featured in the cast. Christopher Schutt (BOVTS) provides Sound Design and Arthur Pita (LCDS) provides Choreography.

At the Donmar Warehouse, Philip Cumbus (RADA) and Lucy Eaton (LAMDA) feature in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, playing from 21 April – 17 June.

Patrick Robinson (LAMDA) stars in Macbeth at the Theatre Severn, playing from 25 – 29 April.

Alumni on screen

RADA graduate Jason Watkins (W1A, Taboo) joins the latest series of the BBC One’s police drama Line of Duty. Airing Sundays at 9pm, you can catch up on iPlayer here.

LAMDA graduate Natascha McElhone is currently starring in Netflix Original series and political thriller Designated Survivor, opposite Kiefer Sutherland. A new episode is available every Thursday.

Sky Atlantic political drama Guerrilla, set in 1970s London, will feature graduates Rory Kinnear (LAMDA), Daniel Mays, Wunmi Mosaku, and Nathaniel Martello-White (RADA). Airing Thursdays from 13 April.

And finally, the much anticipated adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale premieres on 26 April on Hulu, featuring RADA graduate O-T Fagbenle in the cast.

 

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27th March 2017

Central School of Ballet | Dance | Students

Central School of Ballet announces move to Paris Gardens

Central School of Ballet has announced plans for an exciting move to bespoke new premises at Paris Gardens in London’s flourishing arts community on the South Bank in SE1. The building has already been built and now needs to be fitted out to meet the school’s specific needs. Aiming for completion in the 2018/19 Academic […]

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Central School of Ballet has announced plans for an exciting move to bespoke new premises at Paris Gardens in London’s flourishing arts community on the South Bank in SE1. The building has already been built and now needs to be fitted out to meet the school’s specific needs.

Aiming for completion in the 2018/19 Academic year, the new building will become a hub for a dynamic dance community. It will combine excellence in dance training for those aiming for a professional career with accessible dance classes for all and community engagement projects.

Over 1,200 people use Central’s Herbal Hill facilities each week; it has been the school’s home for over 30 years, and whilst much loved the school has now outgrown the space it can offer. The new premises will offer state of the art facilities to match any in the UK for Central’s full-time degree course students and will allow the school to offer dance classes to thousands more in the Southwark area.

Central will occupy over 3,000 square metres of the Paris Gardens building – almost three times the size of the school’s current home. A fundraising campaign is underway to raise the funds required for the fit-out of the building to meet our specific needs.

Heidi Hall, Director of Central School of Ballet, said: “Becoming a professional dancer takes talent, but also enormous determination and continuous effort. In the Paris Gardens building we will be able to provide world-class facilities to match our students’ ambition. We will have space to grow, to nurture creativity at all levels, to inspire partnerships and to encourage the local community to experience our passion for dance. The response to our plans has been enthusiastic and many major donations are already in place or pledged. We are now accelerating our fundraising activities to finance the final stage of the development.”

The short film below imagines the school in its new home:

To find out more about the move to Paris Gardens, visit the Central School of Ballet website.

[Image credit: Bill Cooper]

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16th March 2017

BOVTS | LAMDA | RADA | Drama | Students

Drama school students finalists in Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year

Congratulations to acting students Verity Blyth, Georgia Frost, Emma Rendell and Katie Buchholz who have made it to the final 12 of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year! The Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) has run since 2007, and is part of the Society’s work to celebrate the works of composer […]

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Congratulations to acting students Verity Blyth, Georgia Frost, Emma Rendell and Katie Buchholz who have made it to the final 12 of the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year!

The Student Performer of the Year (SSSSPOTY) has run since 2007, and is part of the Society’s work to celebrate the works of composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and to showcase new works. Finalists are required to perform two pieces: a song by Sondheim, and a new song by Mercury Musical Developments composers and lyricists.

All four students competing in the final will be graduating this year.

Verity Blyth is in the second year of the Foundation Degree Professional Acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and recently appeared in Our Town.

Georgia Frost is in the third year of the BA (Hons) Professional Acting at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and recently appeared in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Emma Rendell is in the second year of the Foundation Degree Professional Acting at LAMDA, and recently appeared in Birdland.

Katie Buchholz is in the third year of the BA (Hons) Acting at RADA, and recently appeared in A Little Night Music.

We’ll be cheering on Verity, Georgia, Emma and Katie at the final, which takes place at the Noël Coward Theatre in St Martin’s Lane on Sunday 11 June 2017.

 

 

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