Following his recent audition with the National Youth Theatre, Addison Arthur, age 14 and in Year 9 at King’s Rochester, has been offered a place on the NYT Junior Acting Course this summer in London.

Addison will join performing arts industry experts on this two week residential course and, upon completion, he will become a National Youth Theatre member gaining full access to their network and performance opportunities with the NYT and beyond.

Addison has loved drama since he was 11 years old and Head of Drama at King’s, Steve Mount, encouraged him to apply.  The audition involved performing a piece from “Son of Interflux” by Gordon Korman, explaining his thought process behind how he staged his piece and then being asked to improvise based on his knowledge of the story and the characters.

Head of Drama, Mr Steve Mount commented, “This is a fantastic achievement as thousands of young people apply every year for a very limited number of places. It is a brilliant opportunity for Addison and we wish him every success!”

In addition to choosing to study Drama for GCSE, Addison also takes LAMDA lessons at King’s taught by Mrs Hebden as an extra-curricular activity and recently passed his Grade IV with a score of 98%. He may go on to join Ben Dootson, a current Upper Sixth pupil, who will join RADA in September and our other two pupils also currently studying there.

The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world leading youth arts organisation. It was established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world and since then has nurtured the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people. The National Youth Theatre gives young people the opportunity to learn as much about themselves and how to relate to others, as they do about acting and technical theatre. Whilst some of the members go on to become well known faces of stage and screen, many others go on to be great lawyers, journalists, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and much more. The NYT's world renowned alumni include: Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, Rosamund Pike, Daniel Day-Lewis, Orlando Bloom, Catherine Tate, Ben Kingsley, Ashley Jensen, Derek Jacobi, Timothy Dalton, David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Hugh Bonneville, Matt Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor and many more. 

Addison on stage at King's Rochester