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Student beats off competition from over 4000 hopefuls for a place with the National Youth Theatre

Emily Sherratt from Teesside High School in Eaglescliffe has beaten off competition from over 4000 other hopefuls to be selected to train with the National Youth Theatre (NYT) this summer. 

This year the NYT auditioned over 4700 young people in 20 audition centres across the UK and 15-year-old Emily is one of only 500 who have been selected.

Emily will spend time in London over the summer at the prestigious drama school Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, training on the Acting course to become a member of the National Youth Theatre of Britain. She will have the chance to work with professional actors in London, and visit and work in professional West End theatres.

Emily is currently studying GCSE Drama at Teesside High School and is used to performing at the School. Teesside High School Drama Teacher, Rebecca Lewis, said: “This is truly an outstanding achievement for Emily and I am so proud of her. She has worked extremely hard this year in Drama and this is a fantastic opportunity to showcase her talent. A huge success – good luck Emily!”

Emily Sherratt said: “I am so excited to be able to work with the National Youth Theatre. It’s a once in a life time opportunity and I feel so privileged to be able to be given this chance, I can’t wait for the summer!”

The NYT inspires, trains and showcases exceptional performers and theatre technicians aged 14-21 from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Each year the company auditions across the UK to discover diverse new talent.

It offers opportunities to work with organisations including the BBC, RSC and Barbican. It showcases the best young talent in the West End and other major venues around the UK and abroad. This has included the Handover Ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in Abu Dhabi at the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, and in Shanghai at World Expo 2010. The NYT is also involved in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Team Welcome Ceremonies.