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Three get work experience in the West End
THREE boys will get hands-on experience of work in London’s West End after landing plum roles.
Cameron Gough, Sean Major and Ben Richardson will travel to the capital on November 11 for four days of work experience.
They will get to work behind the scenes at The Playhouse Theatre dismantling the set of outgoing play, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, before helping to prepare for the opening night of Monty Python’s Spamalot.
All three are members of Enter CIC, an arts group in Ferryhill, County Durham, which secured the placement through patron Graham Murray who is deputy technical manager at the theatre.
Enter is funded by the Big Lottery and raises extra cash for its work, to ensure young people can participate and study performing arts for free or low cost.
Sean, 17, of Spennymoor, said: “We’ll be building sets to start with but we’ll volunteer for every job going, it will be such valuable experience.”
He aims for a career in the media, possibly working in theatres, and hopes his experience with Enter and skills and contacts the group develops while on the placement will help achieve one.
Cameron and Ben, both 16 and from Ferryhill, enjoy performing, but feel the behind the scenes experience will develop their skills and knowledge.
Cameron said: “I’ve wanted to be so many jobs, from a scientist to a policeman, but as an actor you can be all of them.
“Enter has opened my eyes and now I love dancing, my confidence and talent has grown.
“I fancy working in musical theatre so being in the West End to work will be so exciting and hopefully we’ll make a good impression and one day we’ll go for an audition and someone will remember us.”
Ben added: “If you want to be in the performing industry in any way, building up as much knowledge and experience will help, it is very competitive, but what I once thought was once pie in the sky is achievable.”