Congratulations to Rowan Bascetta-Pollitt (Year 9) who will be joining an elite group of ‘exceptional performers’ this summer as he takes up his place at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Rowan entered the highly competitive round of auditions, competing against 5000 other hopefuls, for one of the 600 places offered at the National Youth Theatre this coming summer. In his bid for a place, Rowan chose a piece from ‘Burying my brother in the pavement’ – a stage play about an autistic boy whose brother dies – a strong and moving piece to showcase Rowan’s acting talents. A delighted Antoinette Keylock, Head of Academic Drama, commented, ‘Rowan is so young to have got into this company – it’s a great achievement.’

Rowan will now attend a week’s course this summer before becoming an official part of the National Youth Theatre, with the potential to be put forward for up-and-coming plays. He follows in the footsteps of Bedford School boys, Jonathan Hosking (Year 11) and Josh Garrett (Year 13), who won places last year, and he joins an illustrious group of actors including Daniel Craig, Catherine Tate, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, amongst others, who have risen through the ranks of the National Youth Theatre. So, watch this Rowan Bascetta-Pollitt shaped space – and ‘break a leg’ Rowan!

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