Teens offered places at National Youth Theatre

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TWO teenagers are celebrating after winning a place each with the National Youth Theatre.

More than 4,400 youngsters auditioned for a place on the two-week training course in London in August but just 500 won one of the coveted spots.

Among them was 15-year-old Noah Burdett, a border at Oakham School, and 17-year-old Craig Talbot, a former New College Stamford student.

Noah Burdett, who is from Nether Broughton near Melton, said: “I’m so excited, when I found out that I’d won a place I jumped around. I couldn’t sleep that night, it is such a big thing.

“I went for a day-long audition in Liverpool. To have been selected really is absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait to join the theatre in August.”

Oakham School director of drama Gilly Norell said: “We are all delighted for him.”

Craig, who lives in Eye near Peterborough, also won a college competition last year to become “the face” on the further education prospectuses.

College principal Andrew Patience said: “We are delighted for him. He has overcome some significant challenges and has achieved everything with grace, dignity and a smile on his face.”

The youth theatre is committed to the development of young people through the medium of creative arts.