Talented teenagers land West End roles

Tom Robinson, Bedford Modern School, making West End debut.
Tom Robinson, Bedford Modern School, making West End debut.

Two talented Bedford Modern School students are preparing to tread the boards in London’s West End.

Year 12 students Tom Robinson and Fergus Dale have both successfully auditioned for the National Youth Music Theatre’s 2014 Company production of The Hired Man.

Tom, 16, said: “I was one of over 1,000 applicants who auditioned in Birmingham for a part in the production. As part of the audition process I had to choose a song to perform, dance and act.

“I then received a call-back to attend another audition in London and it was a nervous wait to find out if I had been successful or not.

“It will be great to meet other members of the theatre company and be part of the cast.

I’m heavily involved in Bedford Modern School productions including having played key roles in Beauty and the Beast and Miss Saigon and am currently rehearsing for the part of Valjean in Les Miserables. Alfie Boe has definitely been an inspiration to me.”

With 10 GCSEs, Tom is studying Theatre Studies, Film Studies, English Literature and Philosophy A-Levels with a view to securing a place at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. Tom will play the role of Ted Blacklock in The Hired Man that runs from August 10 to 16 at St James Theatre, London.

Fergus, 16, who has also been cast in The Hired Man, said: “It was a nail-biting wait to hear if I had been successful and a massive relief when I found out I had been offered the role of Tom.

“I know it will be a fantastic experience and can’t wait to be involved in my first West End production. I’ve always enjoyed musical theatre and got hooked on drama when I took part in the school production of Annie in Year 7. Former Bedford Modern School student Jeremy Irvine has also inspired me to follow my dream.”

As talented young performers, both Tom and Fergus are supported by the School’s Performance Programme in relation to performance arts.

Helen Rees-Bidder, director of performance arts faculty at Bedford Modern School, said: “We are so proud of Tom and Fergus – they are both extremely talented and committed performers. Their involvement with the National Youth Music Theatre will be invaluable experience for them.

“Our Performance Programme is designed to help our most talented students take advantage of opportunities that can take them beyond the school experience. Following their lead roles in our production of Les Miserables, we are very excited about seeing them perform in the West End this summer.”