Shrewsbury School

Salopian wins place at Bristol Old Vic

Monday 13 June 2011

Hebe in various Salopian productions

Hebe in MSH's House Plays Moulin Rouge and Shakers, in this year's School Musical What You Will, and in last year's School Play Racing Demon.


Hebe Dickins (MSH UVI) has won one of the 15 places (out of 8,000 applicants) at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, on their three year Professional Acting degree course.

At her preliminary audition, Hebe had to perform a couple of pre-prepared Shakespeare monologues, a modern piece, and a song.  This was followed by an interview.  She was then called back for the next stage which consisted of a day of group auditions (involving singing, acting, speaking, dancing and improvisation) and several interviews.  She was then put on a shortlist and had to wait until all the auditions had taken place, before she heard that she had been successful.

In the short time that Hebe has been at Shrewsbury, she has played lead parts in the Mary Sidney house plays, the 2010 School Play 'Racing Demon' (which then went up to the Edinburgh Festival), and this year's school musical 'What You Will.'  She will be returning to school in August for a frantic week of rehearsals for What You Will - and one final performance in the Ashton Theatre - before taking it up to the Edinburgh Festival for a week.

Last week, Hebe was awarded both the Theatrical Studies Prize and the Goulding Family Prize for Drama at Prize Giving.  Presented for the first time this year, the Goulding Prize is awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to school drama. The prize has been founded by the Goulding family, for whom theatre at Shrewsbury became particularly significant.

The news of Hebe's success came through at the same time as we heard from Joe Allan (R 2005-2010), currently in Africa, who has won a place at the National Youth Theatre starting this August. 

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