Once in a while, schools are lucky enough to spot outstanding theatrical talent amongst their pupils and, sometimes, that talent is recognised in the world beyond school.
King’s Rochester is, therefore, more than delighted that no less than three of its pupils have been offered places this year at two of the most prestigious London Drama Schools - where places are harder to come by than those at universities such as Oxford or Cambridge.
Outgoing Deputy Head Boy, Will Carter, who left the Upper Sixth at King’s this summer, has been offered a Technical Theatre place at RADA and will begin his degree in September. Will’s competence in his direction of all technical aspects of the ambitious productions for which King’s has become famous, so impressed the Technical Director of RADA that he has been offered a place on the Technical Theatre degree course straight from King’s Sixth Form.
Former King’s boarder, Nick Mann will also take up a place on the RADA Technical Theatre course and Callum Sharp enters Central School of Speech and Drama on their Acting degree course. Both pupils were heavily involved in school productions during their time at King’s, with Nick masterminding much of the technical set-up for ambitious school productions, both in the school’s new Studio Theatre and in the main performance venue.
Callum, whose AAB in Economics, Maths and Government and Politics may well have resulted in a very different career path, performed in many key productions during his life as a boarder at King’s culminating in a superb Jean Valjean in Les Misérables.
Jeremy Walker, Principal of King’s, said, “Callum, Nick and Will have achieved amazing things both at King’s and in gaining places at such prestigious institutions. They have been hugely supported by their highly talented and dedicated teachers and my thanks and congratulations go to them all”.
Below: Will Carter with Mr Walker; Nick Mann; Callum Sharp.