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Thursday, June 18, 2015
On Wednesday 17 June talented performers from around the North West took part in an evening of entertainment at The Met to help Leo Flanagan, a young actor from Bury raise the funds he needs to join the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. The evening was a great success with Leo raising £1, 900, the entire total he set out to raise.
The evening consisted of performances from the North West Stage School, Bury College, North West Theatre Arts Company, local singers, comedians, and bands. Leo said: ‘I would just like say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped me get this show on the stage! Thank you to all the talented acts who performed and to The Met Theatre for all of their help, I have no idea what I would have done without their support. And finally, thank you to everyone who came down to watch the show and donated.’
Leo will start his month long intensive course with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in August. He will have the opportunity to meet and work with industry professionals including actors, directors and producers who work at theatres all over the country. The focus of the course is devised theatre and collaborative work, all culminating in an end of course show on a West End stage. After completing this course Leo will have the opportunity to audition for NYT shows on West End stages until he is 26.
Leo started out in The Met’s Youth Theatre in 2008 at the age of 13 where he continues to support the younger and older groups. After taking a Performing Arts course at Bury College he went on to parts in BBC dramas ‘Waterloo Road’ and ‘Moving On’ written by Jimmy McGovern as well as a part in Channel 4’s ‘Fresh Meat’. He has also taken parts in ‘Grease’ and Simon Stevens’ ‘Punk Rock’ with North West Theatre Arts Company.
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Notes to Editors:
The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain is a world-class leading youth arts organisation established in 1956. The first youth theatre in the world it has been nurturing and supporting the talent of hundreds of thousands of young people over the last 57 years. Past alumni of the National Youth Theatre include: Orlando Bloom, Matt Smith, Matt Lucas, Daniel Craig, Helen Mirren, Rosamund Pike, Chitwetel Ejiofor, Jessica Hynes, Colin Firth and many more.