Aspiring Brentwood School actor Louie Eyres-Scott has been awarded a coveted place at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.
Each year around 5,000 young people across the UK audition for the National Youth Theatre, which is a world-leading youth arts organisation, and 17-year-old Louie was one of just 500 successful young performers.
The NYT, which boasts Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren and Ed Sheeran among its very famous alumni, stages auditions across 30 towns and cities in the UK looking to ‘discover, develop and launch diverse talented young people.’
Louie’s audition was held in London on Easter Sunday. He explained: “I auditioned alongside 50 other 14-25 year-olds, all aspiring to receive a place in the company. For some it was their fourth time auditioning, so I definitely felt a bit out of my depth!
“On finding out that I had received a place I was in disbelief but really excited to have been awarded one of only 500 places. I would like to thank teachers Mrs Prior, Miss Worth and Mrs Cleaves for all of their help in shaping me as a performer and preparing me for the audition. I cannot wait to get stuck in!
Mrs Ruth Prior said: “I first got to know Louie when he was a Year Three pupil in the Prep School. From the start, he showed an enormous creative energy, ideas just seemed to come tumbling out of him and he is still like this. At the same time, he is immensely focused and committed. With this combination, he should go far.”
Miss Rachel Worth added: “I am absolutely delighted that all of Louie’s hard work has paid off! I am incredibly excited to hear all about the fantastic experiences he will have with the National Youth Theatre. Louie is a vivacious performer who possesses an innate ability to captivate all those who are lucky enough to see him perform.”
Lower Sixth student, Louie, begins his first NYT acting course this summer when he will work with industry professionals offering an introduction to acting using an ensemble approach. Upon completing the course, Louie will be able to audition for the company’s celebrated productions.
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain was established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world and over the past 60 years it has nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people showcasing their talent on West End stages and at iconic sites and stadiums world-wide.