Drama starlet wins place on prestigious theatre course

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A TALENTED sixth-form student is celebrating after beating thousands of competitors for a place on a prestigious theatre course.

Katherine Bement, 17, of St John’s College in Southsea, auditioned against 4,600 hopefuls .

She was selected as one of 500 to go on the National Youth Theatre’s (NYT) Summer Programme.

Katherine, who has played starring roles in school productions of Confusions by Alan Ayckbourn and Tartuffe by Molière, said: ‘When I received the news that I had won a place I was ecstatic – I couldn’t believe it.

‘I have always dreamed of having a career in theatre, so an opportunity to learn from the NYT is really special.

‘I’m looking forward to the whole experience – meeting and working with new people, and also spending time in London.’

The two-week acting course at Bruford College of Theatre Performance, near London, in August will give Katherine membership of the NYT which means she will have the opportunity to audition for professional productions that tour all over the world.

Erica Morley, drama teacher, said: ‘This is a real achievement. Katherine represents a special talent – she is an exceptional performer and has worked hard this year so really deserves this opportunity.’