National Youth theatre awaits
ASPIRING actress Siobhan Kelly is preparing to follow in the footsteps of some of the big screen’s most celebrated stars such as Dame Helen Mirren and Daniel Craig.
For the 17-year-old student, who attends St John Fisher Catholic High School in Peterborough, has been accepted by the prestigious National Youth Theatre, which has nurtured talents ranging from the current Dr Who, Matt Smith, to the Academy Award winning Colin Firth.
Siobhan scooped one of just 500 places out of a record 4,600 applications after impressing tutors with her audition at The Junction Theatre in Cambridge in February.
Her audition included a group workshop before she performed Charlotte’s monologue, from a Brief History of Helen of Troy, in front of judges.
She said: “When I found out I had got in, I couldn’t believe it. I was so excited as it’s an amazing opportunity. It was the first time I’d ever applied as I’ve been too nervous about it before.”
Siobhan decided to apply after taking part in the theatre’s Shakespeare School Festival last summer, and was encouraged by her drama teacher Clare Gwenin.
She said: “I’ve had a passion for drama and theatre ever since Mrs Gwenin started teaching me in Year Seven and she’s been my inspiration.”
Mrs Gwenin, head of expressive arts at St John Fisher, believes Siobhan has all the makings of a future star.
She said: “I’ve taught Siobhan ever since Year Seven and in that time she’s developed into such a talented performer. It’s just so shocking as she’s so quiet, modest and humble, but when she gets on stage she just performs like you wouldn’t believe.
“She’s one of the most talented young actresses I’ve ever met and I just know she’s going to do so well. She’s so committed and passionate about drama, she lives and breathes it.”
Siobhan, who lives in Eastfield, Peterborough, enjoyed another once-in-alifetime opportunity on Sunday when she and nine other students from St John Fisher performed Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at London’s Royal Court Theatre, as part of the Shakespeare School Festival’s one-off charity gala.
Siobhan will now attend a two-week residential training course at the National Youth Theatre’s main London studio in August, and will get the chance to perform in the company’s future productions.
future star: Siobhan Kelly (17), from St John Fisher Catholic High School, has gained a place at the National Youth Theatre.