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Teenager follows greats of theatre
Published 21/07/14



A TEENAGER has been offered a place at the National Youth Theatre despite thinking she had “mucked up” her audition.

Martha Palmer Endean, 14, secured a spot on the intensive two-week course after impressing judges with her audition in February.

She is one of 560 people to get a place out of 5,000 who applied. The course has an age-range of 14-to-25 and its alumni includes Dame Helen Mirren and Colin Firth.

Martha, who lives in North Stoke, waited eight weeks for her results and feared that she didn’t make the grade.

Her father Andrew said: “Martha didn’t hear back and therefore we had pretty much given up but it turned out there was a mix up with her email address. But when she got the news she basically started dancing around the sitting room.”


Martha’s audition was held in Victoria, London, involved a workshop on stage presence, followed by a solo audition to the head and several members of the theatre in the afternoon. She performed an extract from Scream if You Want to go Faster by Nick Teed.

“I think I was more nervous during the individual audition than the group one,” she said. “I came out thinking I hadn’t done as well as I could have done and thought I’d mucked it up.”

She added: “My parents prepared me for the worst so that I wouldn’t be too disappointed if I hadn’t made it. Even if I hadn’t, I would have re-applied anyway and kept trying until I did.”

Martha is a pupil at Cranford House in Moulsford, having previously attended Rupert House School, Henley, and she cites Jennifer Lawrence and Anne Hathaway as her acting heroines.

She has previously performed in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Kenton Theatre in Henley and was a member of the Henley Theatre Group run by Muffin Hurst.

Martha’s course will run from August 5 to 16 and she will travel to Greenwich for acting workshops.



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A TEENAGER from North Stoke has been offered a place on a National Youth Theatre course.

Martha Palmer Endean, 14, is one of 560 people to secure a place on the two-week course next month out of 5,000 who applied.

The course has an age-range of 14 to 25 and its alumni include Dame Helen Mirren and Colin Firth.

Martha’s father Andrew said she hadn’t heard back for weeks after her audition in February so she assumed she had failed but there had been a mix-up with her email address.

“When she got the news she started dancing around the sitting room,” he said.For her audition in London, Martha performed an extract from Scream If You Want To Go Faster by Nick Teed.

She said: “I came out thinking I hadn’t done as well as I could have done and thought I’d mucked it up.

“My parents prepared me for the worst so that I wouldn’t be too disappointed if I hadn’t made it. Even if I hadn’t, I would have re-applied anyway and kept trying until I did.”

Martha is a pupil at Cranford House in Moulsford and previously attended Rupert House School in Henley.

She performed in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Kenton Theatre in Henley and was a member of the Henley Children’s Theatre Group run by Muffin Hurst.

PUBLISHED 21/07/14



 
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