Kettering students win places at top drama academy

Daisy Such, Hannah Mahon and Beth Lyons of Tresham have been offered places at the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford
Daisy Such, Hannah Mahon and Beth Lyons of Tresham have been offered places at the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford

Three of Tresham’s performing arts students have been accepted at one of the country’s top performance academies.

Daisy Such, Hannah Mahon and Beth Lyons have all worked hard to realise their ambition of progressing to the Performance Preparation Academy in Guildford, an establishment that specialises in a wide range of performing arts courses.

Daisy, 19, of Rothwell, who is currently studying towards a HNC in performing arts at Tresham, has been accepted on to the acting for stage and screen course.

Daisy said: “I am really looking forward to training at the academy.

“Compared to many other drama schools that I considered, this academy has smaller class sizes so is able to focus on each student more closely.

“Originally I thought my future career path would focus on musical theatre, but after studying the HNC in performing arts at Tresham I discovered more of a passion for drama acting.

“The HNC has been a really enjoyable experience, it has been so varied and allowed me to develop a range of techniques.

“The tutors are so passionate about what they do, and they really push you to get the best performance.”

Hannah, 19, of Weldon, and Beth, 18, of Stanion, are currently studying towards the Level 3 BTEC diploma in performing arts.

Hannah, who is also going on to train in acting for stage and screen, said: “The selection process involved a range of tasks, including a small group activity, workshops, some improvisation and two monologues.

“I am sure the training will be quite intense, but everyone has been very welcoming.

“The performances I have been involved in during my time at Tresham have given me the confidence to take this next step.

“I have had the opportunity to play a range of different characters and the course has always challenged me as a performer.”

Beth, who is taking a different route and has decided to train in musical theatre, added: “I have heard good things about the academy from my sister who is currently studying there.

“I applied for several drama schools, but was pleased when I was called back for a second audition and eventually offered a place.

“It was a hard decision, but I finally decided that my real passion was in musical theatre.

“The highlight of my time at Tresham was the musical theatre show as it allowed me to just go out and perform.

“The amount of practical training I have done as part of this course has been a real plus, and I like that I have been assessed on performances and coursework rather than written exams.”

Performing arts tutor Emma Boulton-Roe said: “We are extremely proud of the girls for getting places at the academy.

“They have worked very hard during their time here and have successfully applied the skills that they have developed while training with us.

“As performers they have done us proud and, although we are sad to see them go, we are very pleased that they have set their sights high.”