A STUDENT from a school in Wimborne has been awarded a place with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

Canford School Upper Sixth pupil Callum Bruce has been passionate about live theatre for many years, as a member of The Big Little Theatre School and since joining the school in the Sixth Form.

He has also developed a keen interest in the fascinating world of technical theatre and this curiosity was one of the driving forces for his decision to join Canford Sixth Form.

Callum said: “Learning from theatre technical director Kevin Wilkins and his amazing work within The Layard Theatre has really inspired me to follow my dreams and explore this incredible field even further.

“I learnt very quickly that the creative industry is extremely welcoming to young people who show a genuine interest and enthusiasm for its craft; thus, my eagerness has rewarded me with some incredible work experiences over the past few years.”

He has enjoyed numerous exciting roles within musical productions both at school and in local theatres, including projects with The Twins FX and automation experience with the UK and Ireland tours of Les Miserables and Matilda.

Callum say he was “absolutely thrilled” to discover he had been offered a place, with NYT membership lasting until he is 26 years old.

He added: “The NYT provides an incredible platform from which to build my career in theatre.

The current situation with Covid-19 means that all learning will take place online in the short term, but on-the-ground courses are already planned for Summer 2021.

“I feel extremely honoured to have been selected and I know this will be an exceptional platform from which to kickstart my career in the theatre industry.”