Summer in the City with NYT
This summer, three Lamont teenagers had the unique experience of taking part in the National Youth Theatre’s two-week residential course in London. Rory Rushton (16) from Birkdale, Tom Lyon (17) from Formby and Dan Anderson (17) from Liverpool were split across 10 groups for the duration of the course, coming together at the end to perform their group performance pieces which they had devised on the theme of “Extreme”.
Rory who wants to study Economics at university and Tom who wants to study Drama at drama school or university, talk about their experiences below:-
Rory Rushton was a member of Course 9
My NYT adventure began with an intense audition day in February at the Lowry in Manchester. During that day, we spent the morning doing a variety of improvisations. I’d been told by Mrs Lamont that the directors wanted to see great team players who showed no inhibitions whatsoever. Not so easy when you’re being asked to be a pomegranate! Later on, we were judged individually and I performed “Living on the Edge”, a black comedy based on the banking crisis in the City. In May, I got an email to say I was in and before I knew it, it was August and I was checking in to the McMillan Student Village in South East London ready to start the following morning.
I can’t lie, it was very daunting knowing no-one. A lot of the students were from London and, even though I’ve done lots of drama festivals and LAMDA exams, they all seemed much more worldly than me. But it quickly got better and I can honestly say that the whole experience was truly life-changing. I made so many friends, learnt so much and felt my confidence soaring. From a bit of a shaky start, it turned into one of the most fun and positive things I’ve ever done and I’m now going back next year as an ambassador to help other ‘newbies’ settle in and get as much out of the experience as I did.
I’m never going to be the next Daniel Craig but I’ve got some great memories from Summer 2015 and I hope my experience as an NYT member will at least give me an edge in the boardroom!
Tom Lyon was a member of Course 5
My two weeks with the National Youth Theatre in LABAN was an amazing experience which I will never forget. It was great to work and socialise with people who all have a common interest in the arts. I would like to say a thank you again to Mrs Lamont for helping me to be successful in my audition.
The whole thing was great, but I particularly enjoyed creating our devised pieces. Our course director selected the best ideas to expand into an original piece and I felt our final performance was a great success.
On one evening of the course, the directors put on an NYT Alumni Q&A session which was extremely informative and useful. The NYT opportunity came at just the right time for me as it was a taster for Drama School or Drama at university.
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- Summer in the City with NYT