Treading the boards

Jonathan Roxburgh (aged 16) from Longframlington, Northumberland who is attending Northern Stage Summer School.''Photo Credit: Tony Griffiths''.
Jonathan Roxburgh (aged 16) from Longframlington, Northumberland who is attending Northern Stage Summer School.''Photo Credit: Tony Griffiths''.
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A LONGFRAMLINGTON student took part in a summer school for actors last month.

Jonathan Roxburgh, 16, a pupil at King Edward VI School in Morpeth, was one of 50 young people to take part in Northern Stage’s fifth annual event.

The week-long intensive programme saw the young people explore the theme of ‘imagination’ with the culmination being an exclusive performance in front of a live audience on Stage 1 of the international venue.

The aspiring artists got the opportunity to experience a whole variety of elements including devising and shaping material, performance, writing, choreography and marketing. They had a unique and powerful opportunity to put their own stamp onto the final play.

It was Jonathan’s first time at Northern Stage Summer School.

He said he was looking forward to meeting new people, learning new skills and gaining new experiences.

He said: “I like being on stage as when you’re acting you can become a totally different person.”

Jonathan hopes to apply his new-found skills when performing in future productions.

This year’s Summer School is made up of 50 per cent previous attenders and 50 per cent newcomers – proving the popularity and fresh attraction of the annual event.

For further information about Northern Stage (formerly Newcastle Playhouse) visit www.northernstage.co.uk