Form five pupil Gareth Stewart has won a place on the prestigious National Youth Theatre Training Scheme. He was nominated for selection by Miss Gillian McGarry who directed him in Wallace’s recent production of “Our Town ” by Thornton Wilder.
A rigorous audition process took place in Belfast before Gareth heard he’d been successful in gaining a place on the London based summer training scheme. For his audition Gareth had to prepare two pieces – one from Shakepeare and one from a modern drama.
He commented, ” I chose the famous Porter scene from “Macbeth” which is one of my GCSE set texts. This scene allowed me to inject some humour into the audition. For my second piece the choice was easy – I played Editor Webb in the school play, so I revisited one of his key scenes where he gives advice about marriage.”
Miss McGarry added, ” Rarely does one find an actor of Gareth’s capability. His natural talent is coupled with great diligence. He is able to combine pathos and comedy – we at Wallace are thrilled with his success.”
So does Gareth see a career treading the boards ahead of him? He said, “Well, a career in acting may be nice , but at the minute I’m concentrating on my GCSEs and I hope to come bakc to Wallace in the autumn to take my A Levels. I’m thinking of studying Law at University – but I’ll certainly choose a university with an active Drama Society. I’m looking forward to working with the Nationla Youth Theatre – I’m sue I’ll learn a great deal and it’ll be the experience of a lifetime.
Last modified: February 24, 2016