An aspiring actor has gained a place at one of the world’s most prestigious drama schools.
Tom, of Monmouth Road, Dorchester, attended an audition and interview at RADA in January before being invited to a recall in May.
Tom will begin the one-year course next month and will study acting, dancing, singing and other vocal work.
“I’m utterly thrilled to have been accepted on to the course. I feel that the tutors at RADA will give me the time and support to be able to refine my skills and succeed as an actor. I’m looking forward to being able to commit myself to doing what I love every single day.”
During his time at the Thomas Hardye School, Tom directed and acted in the school’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar as King Herod.
Since accepting his place, Tom has concentrated on raising £10,750 to fund his tuition as there are no government bursaries, grants or loans available for students enrolling on the course.
Tom, who is the assistant leader of the Dorchester Youth Theatre, held acting masterclasses at the Dorchester Arts Centre during July to raise funds. He also hosted a one-week drama course at the Arts Centre this week, which covered a range of drama skills and techniques.
His final fundraising event is an auction of promises at the Arts Centre on Friday 9th September with the opportunity to bid for a dinner with Julian Fellowes and his wife at their house. Other lots include a skiing lesson, a personal portrait, a photo shoot and two hampers.
If you are interested in donating a prize for the auction or would like to sponsor Tom, email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 07990 580056 or visit his Just Giving page.
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) was established by Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree over 100 years ago in 1904 and is one of the oldest drama schools in the country. RADA provides courses for actors, directors, stage managers and scriptwriters among others. Many renowned actors and actresses have attended the school including Alan Rickman, Gemma Arterton, Joan Collins, Kenneth Branagh and Sir Roger Moore.