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Breakthrough part for aspiring young actor

Robin Webb (centre) taking part in the 2012 Stoke College production of A Midsummer's Night Dream, which was set in the 1970s.

Robin Webb (centre) taking part in the 2012 Stoke College production of A Midsummer's Night Dream, which was set in the 1970s.

An aspiring teenage actor from Steeple Bumpstead has won a role in the latest production by the renowned Youth Music Theatre (YMT) UK.

Robin Webb, 16, was selected to be one of the cast in The Making of Ali & Nino after impressing at an open audition earlier this year and could now go on to join the likes of Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith as a graduate of the YMT.

The former Stoke College pupil is now away on a two week residential course with the other members of the cast, where they will rehearse and perform the production before their teachers decide which role best suits them.

For Robin, who next month starts his A Levels at the Hills Road Sixth Form College in Cambridge, the opportunity should help him decide what his next move will be in his pursuit of a career in acting.

He said: “I’ve never been on one of these before so I don’t really know how big a step it is but seeing as how all the teachers come from all over the world it is quite a step to see If I really want to get into it.

“It could help me decide if I want to into RADA or more musical performance.”

Robin has recently had a taste of acting for the small screen when he was an extra in the ITV production of Grantchester, which is due to be broadcast in the autumn.

During filming he met the drama’s lead actor James Norton, who plays Sidney Chambers, the clergyman who turns investigative vicar in the drama when one of his parishioners dies in suspicious circumstances, Robin described him as ‘really friendly.’

Robin belongs to the Young Actors Company in Cambridge and has taken lead roles in many of Stoke College’s productions. His most recent role was as Ralph in Lord of the Flies.

Robin, who is also raising money to volunteer in Tanzania next year with the charity Camps International, has also performed in pantomime with the Steeple Bumpstead Players junior section, Junipers, as well as the adult section.

The Making of Ali & Nino will be premiered on August 23-24 at South Hill Parks Arts Centre in Bracknell.

 

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