Trials for top drama school

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FAREHAM College students had an opportunity to audition for a top drama school when its director visited them to give auditions.

The performing arts students had outreach auditions for the Academy of Live and Recorded artists, held by director Adrian Hall.

Mr Hall watched the students perform two three-minute dramatic excerpts – one classical and one contemporary – before telling them it would take 35 hours a week for three years to train a voice for castings at a cost of £50,000.

The top 20 applicants from across the UK will get a scholarship to cover fees.

Mr Hall said: ‘For every place, there are 35 auditioned so it’s tough. It’s a lifestyle, not a career. I went to three castings per week in a year and I was rejected 150 times. You have to be prepared for that.’