Students from East Cambridgeshire schools audition for youth theatre trust

King's Ely pupils auditioned for the National Youth Theatre Trust

King's Ely pupils auditioned for the National Youth Theatre Trust - Credit: Archant

Drama students from Ely had the chance this week to audition for the National Youth Arts Trust.

Students were invited from King’s Ely, Witchford Village College, Soham Village College and Ely College to audition for the opportunity to be part of a new youth theatre company, set up by the trust.

The company will be run by experienced theatre practitioners offering professional training in theatre and acting techniques and mentoring from working actors and directors.

Head of drama at King’s Ely, Nick Huntington, said: “This is the kind of rigorous training that is needed outside of schools to enable our young people at King’s to hone their craft, to fully understand the demands of a hotly competitive industry and to boost their confidence and performance skills. Ely is a fortunate place to have the NYAT.”

The National Youth Arts Trust, with patrons including actors Hugh Bonneville and Ewan McGregor, was set up to give young people access to quality training opportunities.

The trust was founded in 2013 by award-winning theatre director and former King’s Ely pupil.