All the world’s a stage for students

Connor McCreedy, Molly Wright, Merryn Holling and Kyle Fisher

Connor McCreedy, Molly Wright, Merryn Holling and Kyle Fisher

A band of Blackpool actors have landed themselves four of just 30 places at a prestigious drama school in London.

The foursome have the world at their feet, having been offered places at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ARLA).

Kyle Fisher, Connor McCreedy and Merryn Holling have all been offered places on the three-year BA (Hons) in Acting, and classmate Molly Wright has a place on the Foundation Acting course.

The Blackpool Sixth Form students saw off competition from around 1,500 other applicants for the top drama school to secure their places.

They are now looking forward to studying at either ARLA North, based in Wigan, or at the central London campus, before graduation will see them join likes of comedian Miranda Hart as alumni.

Connor, Merryn and Molly are all taking the BTEC Level Three Diploma in Performing Arts at the college on Blackpool Old Road. Kyle is taking A-Level Theatre Studies alongside other A-Levels.

Molly will go on to study part time at the London campus while the other three are to study full time in Wigan.

The students all made it through an intensive and demanding audition and interview process which included performing two monologues, improvisation and movement exercises and have praised their lecturers for their support.

Connor, 18, from Poulton, said: “Our teacher, Graham, gave us lots of guidance and helped us with the audition guidelines. We ran through our monologues and he helped us improve the timings and delivery.”

The students now have another six months of college to do before joining next September, and it might take them as long to let the good news sink in.

Merryn, 17, from Poulton, said: “It was such a shock, I really didn’t expect it so I had to read the email about five times.”

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