Right Royal chance for Lucy, 18

18-year-old Lucy Walton who has secured a place at Newcastle, Theatre Royal's Project A

18-year-old Lucy Walton who has secured a place at Newcastle, Theatre Royal's Project A

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A Ponteland now has the pleasure to call one of the region’s biggest theatres her home for the next so she can pursue her dream of becoming an actor.

Lucy Walton is one of 16 lucky young people who have been selected for a special project to give youngsters practical and theoretical training from across the North East.

I can use this year to really fine-tune my acting skills.

Lucy Walton

The course, entitled Project A, is the first of its kind in the North of England and is being ran at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal.

The 18-year-old is among the first intake of group of young actors.

Lucy said: “I’ve always been passionate about drama and I love being on stage.

“I was offered a place at University but I really wanted to train as an actor so I was thrilled to be accepted onto Project A.”

But the bright young star is certainly no stranger to the stage having already starred in a number of productions with Ponteland Repertory Society and when she was at Ponteland High School.

Lucy has enjoyed roles in Teechers, Oh, What A Lovely War! and Disco Inferno.

Lucy fought-off tough competition for the role as there was more than 167 applicants whittled down to 43 auditionees, from which 16 places were awarded.

The project has been organised by Kim Hoffmann, Head of Learning at the venue.

She said: “We were thrilled to receive so many applications from young people and it was a pleasure to see the talent and potential that some of these applicants displayed.

“We offer lots of opportunities here at the Theatre for children, young people and adults to get involved with workshops, drama courses and summers schools but we noticed that there were many talented young people who had a desire to train to a professional level.

“Unfortunately there just isn’t the provision for that quality of training here in the North East so we decided to fill that gap and bring some of the UK’s leading professionals to our region in the shape of Project A.”

The course, which will be offered completely free of charge for its inaugural year thanks to a generous donation from the Barbour Foundation, will be run over three terms in an academic year and will include vocal, physical and performance skills training as well as specialist training including Meisner technique, improvisation, acting for screen and stage combat. These areas will be developed alongside the students’ continuous training in character development and text analysis.

For more details about Project A and other learning experiences on offer at Newcastle Theatre Royal, visit www.theatreroyal.co.uk/taking-part