A TALENTED student is set for the big stage after securing a spot at a theatre group which has helped the careers of dozens of superstar actors and actresses.
Orlando Bloom, Daniel Craig, Sir Ben Kingsley and Catherine Tate are just some of the stage stars who went on to become worldwide household names.
They were all members of London stage charity The National Theatre Group, which has just offered training to English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form student Josh Frary.
Delighted Josh, 18, went along to auditions earlier this year, impressed the panel and is now set for a trip to London this summer.
He will complete two weeks training with the prestigious group and his name will then be put on the database, meaning he can be chosen for any slots on television or stage which arise in the future.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me and will really help me to get where I need to be,” beamed Josh, who lives in Penrith Street, on the Headland.
“I am very happy.
“I am taking every opportunity I can and this will really help.”
Josh, who is currently studying performing arts, psychology and sociology at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, is hoping to make the move to London a permanent one later this year as he seeks a spot at a stage school.
He says he doesn’t really have a preference for stage, television or film at the minute and is just delighted to take every opportunity which comes his way.
His performing arts teacher Debbie Hayes, said she was extremely proud of Josh.
Miss Hayes said: “This is a foot in the door for Josh and it’s recognised as a prestigious accolade on his CV.
“He works extremely hard and this is very much deserved, I’m absolutely delighted for him.”
Josh must now raise £1,100 in sponsorship in order to take his place at National Youth Theatre.
Any individuals or businesses who wish to sponsor Josh should contact English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College on (01429) 273790.