Kyle selected for top school

Kyle Russell, 15-year-old from Sandringham Drive at West Monkseaton, who has won a place at National Youth Theatre school in August-showing off his acting talent.
Kyle Russell, 15-year-old from Sandringham Drive at West Monkseaton, who has won a place at National Youth Theatre school in August-showing off his acting talent.

A TALENTED actor from the borough has been selected from thousands of young people to attend the National Youth Theatre’s summer school.

Fifteen-year-old Kyle Russell, from Sandringham Drive in Monkseaton, was one of only 500 selected from more than 4,400 people who auditioned for a place at the prestigious school this year.

The budding actor’s mum, Tracey, said: “Kyle will be taking part in a two-week course this summer in London, involving intensive training in the disciplines of theatre with a professional director, alongside other young people from across the UK.

“We are incredibly proud of Kyle’s achievement.

“He has already appeared in the Paul O’Grady show, Get 100 and The Pod, and we know he will be a success.”

The Whitley Bay High School student has attended the Sage Academy of Performing Arts in Byker since he was seven-years-old, and dreams of being a professional actor on the West End or on television.

The National Youth Theatre was established 55 years ago as an education centre of excellence for the training and development of the next generation of British theatre professionals.

It has nurtured some of the country’s leading talent including Dame Helen Mirren, James Bond actor Daniel Craig and actor/comedians Catherine Tate and Matt Lucas.