Two talented actors from Oakham School have been offered a much-coveted place in The National Youth Theatre (NYT) of Great Britain.
Kitty and Caleb, have both won places at the world leading youth arts organisation and will be joining a long list of prestigious NYT alumni including Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Rosamund Pike, and Matt Smith.
“We are delighted that both Kitty and Caleb have won places place in the National Youth Theatre, as both are extremely talented actors,” says Director of Drama Gilly Norell. “Kitty is exceptional – she is just brilliant in ensemble plays as she is a wonderfully dedicated and reliable cast member – which was seen just a few weeks ago in her rendition of the Queen in ‘Handbagged’. Whilst Caleb is an incredibly talented all-rounder, he is particularly fantastic at Shakespeare verse, something we discovered during his performance in Twelfth Night - which is certainly no mean feat for an actor of his age.”
Kitty is currently an all Rounder Scholar at Oakham, whilst Caleb has been awarded a scholarship from September. Both aged 16, they have already appeared in a range of plays - with Caleb’s acting credits showcasing just how varied Oakham School’s playlist is, as it includes: ‘Honk’, ‘Lord of the Flies’, ‘Chekhov Shorts’ and ‘A Christmas Carol’! His favourite though, was the School's production of the musical 'Sister Act'.
Kitty and Caleb’s success is even more impressive given the thousands of applicants who apply to be a part of the NYT. They both benefited from audition support at Oakham, which ranges from monologue training to workshops run by professionals including Richard Hope, one of Oakham’s illustrious acting alumni. “Kitty worked incredibly hard to perfect her ‘People, places and things’ monologue for the audition,” adds Gilly “with her dedication paying off - as the piece was simply extraordinary.”
After receiving the news by email, which Caleb describes as "surreal" because "it means a tremendous amount to me", they are both now looking forward to their talents being nurtured even further. Their first experience of life as part of the NYT will be a two week course in London where they will experience both film and stage acting, as well as meeting with directors and producers. “I’ve only ever wanted to be an Actress,” says Kitty. “So getting into the NYT is an incredible opportunity and it feels like the start of a fabulous journey”.
Oakham has a strong reputation for developing and nurturing the talents of its actors – with students regularly win places into the NYT over the last few years – including Will Kennard-Kettle and James Jip who both then won places at RADA.