William Merrick OD (Tower House) has been offered a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) starting in September, having gone through four rounds of demanding auditions. He was competing for a place against several thousand candidates for one of thirty places. RADA commented on how important it was that he had been exposed to and had good experience of contemporary drama, as well as the classics and Shakespeare.
Livvi Duffin OD (Shelburne House) has been accepted on a Foundation Course at LAMDA which is also no mean feat.
We are also delighted that Serena Jennings has gained a place on the 3-year acting course for the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama, which is a magnificent achievement. Amongst the luminaries who trained at Central are Laurence Olivier, so Serena is heading for an exciting future. In her time at DCS and at the Edinburgh Fringe, Serena gave a superb performance as Linda in Miller's Death of a Salesman, as well as outstanding performances in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and her A level practical work. We offer her our warmest congratulations.
In addition, the Drama Department is thrilled that Will has landed a role in the latest film from Richard Curtis, About Time, in which he will feature alongside such luminaries as Bill Nighy. Will has starred in the last two seasons of Skins, and during his time at School played memorable roles in The History Boys, Hamlet, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and Death of a Salesman. This new film will be a major event, coming as it does from the writer of Blackadder, Four Weddings and A Funeral and Love Actually. Filming will start in the summer, and we hope to see more great things from this very exciting young actor.