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A PUPIL who showed exceptional music talent at school has landed his first major role in the West End.

Robert Eyles, from Fareham, left Henry Cort Community College five years ago.

While at the school, the deputy head boy took part in many school productions including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Dr Shoe and Much Ado About Nothing.

Robert was also involved with the South Downs Music Society and CCADS.

He has now landed his first major role in Dreamboats and Petticoats in the West End, playing Ray and understudying leading man Bobby at Wyndham’s Theatre.

He graduated from the Guildford School of Acting this year with a BA Honours in Musical Theatre.

Robert said: ‘Whilst I was at Henry Cort, drama and music were always my real passions.

‘Everyone starts off somewhere and I started with Joseph in the school play.

‘I’ll always remember my teachers who gave me a lot of support and belief in achieving the highest in performing.

‘I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am now had it not been for the support from them.

‘Both the school shows and local amateur dramatics gave me the confidence to take performing seriously.’

Phil Munday, principal at The Henry Cort Community College, said: ‘We’re thrilled to hear about Robert’s leading role.

‘He was a very popular and diligent student and he showed exceptional talent in the roles he performed in our shows. We wish him every success in his new and much deserved role.

Dreamboats and Petticoats runs until Saturday, January 19.