18 July 2019, Isleworth –
Isleworth & Syon School continues to enhance its performing arts reputation, with two more students accepted into the most prestigious youth acting programme in the UK, the National Youth Theatre (NYT); alumni include Daniel Craig, Idris Elba and Helen Mirren. Nine Isleworth & Syon students in the last five years have taken part in the programme.
Representatives from the NYT were impressed with our boys’ performances during the Saturday in-school audition in February, where students took part in a three-hour workshop and then performed a monologue. In a talented field, Louie Sinclair (Year 10) and Benjamin Frye (Year 11) were the standout performers. They have been accepted on to the junior course in acting this summer, with completion of the course meaning entrance into the company in September. They will then be able to audition for the company’s productions.
Tom McDonnell, head of performing arts, said, “We are thrilled that Louie and Ben are able to study and learn with the NYT – it is the most prestigious company of its kind in Britain. It has acted as a key stepping stone for our most gifted students who aspire to work in the performing arts industry.”
Euan Ferguson, Headteacher, commented, “With the help of our specialist teaching staff, these boys have developed into fine young actors who have a bright career in the arts ahead of them if they so choose. This news affirms the school’s commitment to the arts as a way to enrich our young people.”