Meldrum Rotary hears from actor

A PROMISING young actor who dreams of one day winning an Oscar has thanked local Rotarians for their financial backing in his successful effort to join a world-renowned youth theatre company.

Conor Smart of Meldrum Academy, was supported by the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum in his bid to join the company of the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, which recently provided performers for the opening ceremony of the London Olympic games.

The company was established in 1956 as the first youth theatre in the world. Since then, hundreds of thousands of young people have performed with the group, helping many now famous names including Dame Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig and Colin Firth on their way to stardom.

Conor, who was one of 300 successful applicants out of 5,000, was thrown into the deep end as he embarked on a 14 hour journey by bus to London to meet his fellow students for the first time.

Having to learning a range of skills and performance pieces made the experience a challenge, he said.

“Everyone on the course was equa. Finding that I like supporting as well as lead roles means there are a whole range of things I can enjoy,” he said.