NATIONAL ACTING ACHIEVEMENTS
Three Dean Close pupils have been awarded national youth theatre membership: Sixth Formers, Orlando Giannini and Gweneth Stabler, to the National Youth Theatre and Year 9 pupil, Thomas Bradford, to the National Youth Music Theatre.
Orlando has been a member since 2015, gaining a place at the age of 15. Since then, he has been called to annual casting auditions for the NYT and has even starred in a production of ‘Stars and Stripes’, performing in front of patrons and donors of the NYT.
Orlando’s classmate, Gwen Stabler auditioned for the first time in February at Hamilton House, Bristol. After extensive group workshops and an individual audition where she performed a monologue from ‘Orphans’ by Dennis Kelly, she was interviewed by a panel of NYT representatives.
Thomas Bradford, who has been performing since the age of five, gained membership with the National Youth Music Theatre at the age of 13. At auditions judges were looking for excellence in singing, dancing and acting in order to merit a place. Out of thousands across the country who auditioned, Thomas was ecstatic to be one of only 300 to be accepted.
“Close Up Theatre” is the school’s semi-professional theatre company. Close Up has been performing at the Fringe for eight years and has been awarded the elite ‘Sell-Out’ status by the Fringe for each year of performance.
- 94% A*/B at GCSE
- 50% A*/B at A level