Rose set to bloom in the spotlight

A Hartlepool girl is looking forward to her big moment in the spotlight when she appears in a production of a new play.

Rose Allen, 12, who attends The Debbie Barrass Academy of Performing Arts, has landed the role of Poppy in a new play at The Arc Theatre in Stockton.

The show called Grow up Grandad has been penned by acclaimed playwright Gordon Steel.

It is all about an 11-year-old girl who has to go and live with her cantankerous grandfather, but he is a man she neither likes or loves.

The show is described as a very funny play with touches of tenderness.

Rose is a student the Debbie Barrass Academy of Preforming Arts, which is in Murray Street, Hartlepool.

That’s where she spends most nights after school and every Saturday - learning and developing her skills – and where she has been described by Debbie Barrass as “the whole package of a performer”.

Peter Barrass, Rose’s drama coach, described Rose as such a natural performer and is extremely talented.

Rose is a Year 8 student at English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College in Hartlepool and has been fully supported by the school.

Her mum Katherine Allen said: “We are so proud of her and what she has achieved so far. She works extremely hard in everything that she does.”

Performances of Grow up Grandad will be held from Thursday, September 3, to Saturday, September 12.

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