Four schoolgirls at Northwood College for Girls (NWC) have defied the odds and claimed places in the highly exclusive competitive programme of the National Youth Theatre (NYT).
In the NYT’s first year holding auditions within schools, only 600-700 kids across the country got in out of 6,000-7,000 who auditioned. Taking part in tough three-hour long workshops, as well as interviews and monologues, NWC students Ammara, Annabel, Mansi, and Rihanna managed to get in.
This is an especially impressive feat as it is rare for one child from a school to get into the notoriously difficult-to-enter programme, let alone four.
The programme is set to start in summer, with the girls and other attendees going through two weeks of training exploring various dramatic techniques and insights into the industry.
After this, they’ll have to opportunity to audition for productions each year up to the age of 26, to be performed in front of casting agents, directors and other leading figures in theatre. Additionally, they’ll have access to a creative network of members on a large scale.
Head, Rebecca Brown, said: “We are so proud of Ammara, Annabel, Mansi, and Rihanna. Drama at Northwood College has a very high profile, and our purpose-built Performing Arts Centre provides our students with all the necessary provisions to find inspiration through the dramatic arts.
“I know all four of these students will thrive as members of the NYT and I look forward to hearing about their experience in September.”