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Matt wins place at prestigious acting camp

Worcester Editorial 8th Jun, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A PROMISING actor from Worcester has won a place at a prestigious summer camp which has launched the careers of Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

Matt Parkinson, who studies Drama and Theatre at Worcester Sixth Form College, was among 5,000 applicants for only 568 places at the National Youth Theatre.

The audition process, which took place in February, saw Matt participate in a group workshop and perform an extract from ‘Antigone’, which he has studied at the college.

But the first year student had to wait until April before he received an email telling him of the exciting news, which will now see Matt attend a two week intensive course at Trinity Laban in London.

“I could not stop smiling after I found out,” he said. “I was so thrilled that I could not help but share the news with everyone.

“The whole day was assessed – not only on my talent as an actor but my ability to make friends, and other life skills, all in all for them to decide whether I’d be suitable to spend two weeks on the drama workshop course in London.”

Matt has been involved in various productions at high school and more recently played the part of Stamp in the college production of ‘Billy Liar’.

Gary Frost, head of Performing Arts at Worcester Sixth Form College, added: “I am absolutely delighted that Matt has got a place in the National Youth Theatre.

“He is a very creative and talented all round performer who will make the most of this fantastic opportunity.”

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